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Get a sense of what the Dutch are all about in Zaanse Schans, located right outside of Amsterdam. Take a day trip out to the quaint community that dates back to the 18th century and take in the countryside tulips, fresh cheese, windmills, barns and museums.
These two museums offer a delicious history of the region’s food production with equipment, utensils, clothing and paintings. Bring your sweet tooth, tasting is encouraged!
Find goodies to bring home to your loved ones at an adorable replica of the original Albert Heijn, a Dutch supermarket chain.
You’ll be hearing ticking while trying to fall asleep later that night, but it’s a small price to pay to view this collection of beautiful historic Dutch clocks.
Piet Kempenaar wears a traditional outfit complete with pipe and hat while manning his massive paint mill.
Different from all other working windmills in the city, the sawmill De Gekroonde Poelenburg can turn around on a rig of wooden rollers depending on the direction of the wind.
It’s small enough that walking will do, but you’ll feel like a local with the fresh air rushing by on a bicycle.
It’s all about the food here! Check out the distillery and tasting room, or the traditional pancake house.
- When to visitFrom April to November, almost everything is open from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.
- What is the price?Prices vary depending on your plans and the addition of transportation, tours, and other perks.
- Will I need a guide?It's a great idea to experience Zaanse Schans with a guide.
- How to get thereFrom Amsterdam Central Station, take the Connexxion bus 391 to Zaanse Schans.
- Additional tips
- If you plan on doing more than a day trip, there are many great hotels and B&Bs in the area.
What People Are Saying About Zaanse Schans
The initial outlay may seem pricey, but the ease of use and variety of places to visit made it worthwhile.
Getting to the meeting point was convenient as it was only a 2 minute walk from Centraal. Unlike some tours which we had joined in other countries where getting to the meeting point in time without getting lost was most tiring and stressful, this was a breeze and we got to start the tour feeling relaxed and happy. The tour was well organised and the guide was most charming, informative and very clear in her delivery and reminders not to miss the bus. It was unfortunate that we could not spend more time at every stop, the windmills, the walk through the village and the shops, the cheese factory, the clog making factory, but given the 5.5hrs duration of this tour, we were very happy with the day's activities. Highly recommended.
The place was beautiful and looked like it was out of a story book. The guide host was great and the transportation was great as well. Would recomend this trip
3 hours was a perfect amount of time to get a taste of the Dutch countryside. So much fun and the cheese was awesome!
Really enjoyed my day. There was lots to see. Guide was very freindly and welcoming. Full of information and very approchable. Even the drive to each place was enjoyable. Small group for the tour which made it more personal. Highly recommend it