Zaanse Schans

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Windmills, Crafts, Museums! The Best of Zaanse Shans

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.

  • Zaans Museum & Verkade Pavilion

    1. Zaans Museum & Verkade Pavilion

    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!

  • Albert Heijn Museum Shop

    2. Albert Heijn Museum Shop

    Find goodies to bring home to your loved ones at an adorable replica of the original Albert Heijn, a Dutch supermarket chain.

  • 3. Zaan Time Museum

    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.

  • De Kat

    4. De Kat

    Piet Kempenaar wears a traditional outfit complete with pipe and hat while manning his massive paint mill.

  • De Gekroonde Poelenburg

    5. De Gekroonde Poelenburg

    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.

Planning Your Visit

  • Opt for bike rental

    It’s small enough that walking will do, but you’ll feel like a local with the fresh air rushing by on a bicycle.

  • Did we mention Zaanse Schans’ restaurants?

    It’s all about the food here! Check out the distillery and tasting room, or the traditional pancake house.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    From April to November, almost everything is open from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    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 there
    From Amsterdam Central Station, take the Connexxion bus 391 to Zaanse Schans.
  • Additional information

    • If you plan on doing more than a day trip, there are many great hotels and B&Bs in the area.

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What people are saying about Zaanse Schans

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7,846 reviews

Our tour guide lady, Laura Garcia, is the best. Besides providing information about the tour sites, she also consistently shares her different experiences while living in Amsterdam. She is very talkative, very energetic, and very friendly. I had a great time.

It is a must of tour, very complete. Bring a raincoat or umbrella and lower it at each stop, because we went down with the sun and in 5 minutes the rain came, we had to do the tour in the rain hee.

Excelente Actividad, muy bien llevada y muy interesante con bellos paisajes Personal muy capacitado, entrenado y muy agradable para hacer de este paseo un un dia excepcional Altamente recomendable

Great tour, great countryside places! Favorite Tour Leader and driver. You were so great

Really nice and fun experience. It is a mist try when visiting Amsterdam.