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Zaanse Schans, Zaandam

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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. Use our Zaandam trip itinerary planner to visit Zaanse Schans on your trip to Zaandam, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The Zaanse Schans is an open air museum which shows not only the buildings but also gives an impression about the context they where allocated in, in the past. It gives an impression of the land how i...  read more »
  • This is a tourist trap of the 1st order so be prepared for coach loads of visitors, a fee all be it modest at every windmill and more cheap tourist tat souvenir shops that you can poke a stick at - in...  read more »
  • Zaanse Schans is simply magical. Sure it's a little campy but it's so bucolic - sheep walking around, creaky wooden windmills spinning by the water. Plus you can get a good cheese tasting and tour of ...  read more »
  • Absolutely fascinating place. Planned 2 hours for it and spent about 5. And still: it was not enough. It was so nice and captivating I was even able to ignore rude & loud tourists. You must get the €15 all incusive tickets: it is worth it!
  • Lovely place with historical wind mills and all of them can be accessed inside. each one of them has different feature about them as it was many years ago. Fantastic for family trips and stunning views.
  • Amazing ! There's no entrance fee !! Lots little museum in here . Learned a bit history about wind vile and holland ! People were very kind !!! Every picture I took in here just looks like postcard;) Must visit here !!! Take bus 391 from Amsterdam central station . Buy the return ticket on the bus 10€/1per ! 40mins will be there ! There's no need to buy Amsterdam pass
  • Great place to take family, especially kids. If you can get over the fact it's a complete tourist trap, you'll have a great time!
  • Zaanse Schanz is one of the best displays of old Netherlands life incl. windmills producing cacao, cinnamon and paint, cheese makers, and so on. Free to visit, but there are many things and workshops you can pay for.
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