Zaanse Schans, Zaandam

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Must see · Specialty Museum · Museum
At Zaanse Schans, tour a recreated historical Dutch village filled with wooden houses and iconic windmills. An important stop along the European Route of Industrial Heritage, this open-air museum hosts 900,000 tourists every year. Its 35 wooden homes were brought from surrounding villages to the museum in the 1970s. The well-preserved windmills, which have become a symbol of the Netherlands, date back to the 17th and 18th centuries and each have their own distinct names. Walk through the buildings, stop into the shops and restaurants, take a scenic boat ride, or watch traditional Dutch craft-making during your visit. Put Zaanse Schans on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Zaandam trip site.
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  • A day visit from Amsterdam... beautifull place... windmills and nice country side feel.. wooden houses.  more »
  • Nothing is practically open for visitors. Inhumane conditions of only providing 1 single toilet for all the tourists. Having paid 10 Eur for parking and queued 40 mins for the toilet, what a sham!  more »
  • The village of Zaanse Schans is amazing and well worth a trip. The walk from the station to the village itself is easy, quite short (around 10 minutes by walk) and well marked by signs along the...  more »

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