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Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

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The Basics

The Zaanse Schans is a popular day trip destination from Amsterdam; the scenic drive through the Dutch countryside—past lovely fields, green pastures, and winding canals—is a tour highlight in and of itself. Visit on a half- or full-day tour to explore the five Dutch Golden Age windmills, including some that serve as a sawmill and an oil mill, and visit the workshops of local craftspeople. Cheese-making and clog-making demonstrations are other key experiences, in addition to pewter-casting and mustard-making demos. For a fun photo souvenir, stop by a shoemaker’s shop and try on traditional Dutch clogs and costumes. When you get hungry, pop into a bakery for a taste of the sweet whiteduivekater bread, head to the cheese factory for some famous Edam cheese, or step inside Albert Heijn—the village’s oldest shop—for a bag of sweets. A boat trip or a canal cruise is another excellent way to see the Zaanse Schans and the surrounding villages.

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Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam

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Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
$54.78 per adult
Great little outing from Amsterdam
Lovely few hours spent - well worth the time and money. Our guide was friendly and informative and tailored the trip for our needs. Highly recommended if your time is limited as this gives a real old world Dutch exposure
J_M, Dec 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

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Bees Never Had It So Good
Bee, Jul 2020
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
Our tour guide Paul was absolutely wonderful!!! He is from a small town near Zaanse Schans and gave us a personal history of the area. His English was very good. We were given time to shop and buy cheese, candy and watch a Dutch craftsman make a wooden shoe. Climbing up into an actual working windmill and looking out over Zaanse Schans was a big thrill for me. I highly recommend this tour company.
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Typical Netherlands
GHedgehog, Mar 2020
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
A great excursion! It was good to get out of the city for half a day, and see some of the things that Holland is famous for. They are clearly working hard to preserve their heritage. Callum, our guide, was friendly and informative, and even offered to pick us up from where we were staying as it looked like we were going to be the only ones on the trip that day. Yes, Zaanse Schans has become quite touristy, but out of season at least, well worth a visit!
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Pleasantly surprised
Familyoffour, Jul 2020
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
Paulo (spelling) was a terrific tour guide. This tour was amazing. Very informative and best of all we were by ourselves. COVID safety measures were taken ave we felt very safe. I highly recommend this tour.
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Amazing! What a perfect day :)
Kelly_D, Dec 2020
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
The best tour and tour guides!!! What a perfect day! The ability to see all the small towns at a slow pace was so relaxing and enjoyable.
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Easy guided tour of Amsterdam
Dmitriy_B, Dec 2020
4-Day Tour: Amsterdam and Zaanse Schans from Zaandam
The guide was professional, always picked us up on time, and was a very good driver. We had the needed direction whenever something wasn't clear to us, and plenty of opportunity to explore various places on our own.
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Windmills, cheese, and clogs!
Melanye_E, Sep 2020
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
Really great tour and very informative tour guide. We had lots of opportunities to buy nice high quality souvenirs. Would highly recommend!
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Windmills and local sights were amazing
Matthew_Nadolecki, Aug 2020
Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam
We had a fantastic time learning from a local guide and seeing great sites. Very satisfied with the whole experience.
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Perfect Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam
Adam, Mar 2020
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
We had a great time exploring Zaanse Schans just outside of Amsterdam and learning about all of the special, unique cultural and historical insights that made the Netherlands what it is today! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly, and open to all kinds of questions. Highly recommend!
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Informative and entertaining
George, Aug 2020
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
It was lovely and quiet, got plenty of time to walk about and discover the amazing countryside of the Netherlands
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Don’t miss this tour! Get out of the city and SEE Holland
Damian_P, Jul 2020
Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam
Our guide Goulven made the tour amazing. Very friendly! The windmills are pretty cool, especially when you see how they can be moved to catch the wind. Some windmills you can go in, others you can’t. Some are free, some are €5. We were amazed at the things we learned in the clog and cheese shop. Very friendly people. Oh, the scenery. Breathtaking.
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Good trip to Zaanse Schans
Russell_W, Jul 2020
Small-Group Zaanse Schans Excursion from Zaandam
Great experience and a great tour. Our guide was local and she gave some great insights into the area. We were picked up at our hotel and offered a ride to Amsterdam after the tour, if we wished. Highly recommend the tour.
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Fantastic day despite Corona virus
Thierry_R, Jul 2020
Giethoorn and windmills of Zaanse schans daytrip from Amsterdam
Saïd was a very good guide and driver. Thanks to him, we spent a nice day despite the corona virus. We were only two people so it was fantastic.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Zaanse Schans is a must-see for visitors interested in learning about traditional Dutch culture.

  • Wear comfortable shoes for exploring the outdoor area.

  • The Zaanse Schans is free to visit, but some individual attractions may require fees.

  • Not all areas are wheelchair accessible due to the historic nature of the area, but accessible bridges and parking are available. Jonge Schaap is the only wheelchair-accessible windmill.

  • Most shops and restaurants in the neighborhood accept credit and debit cards; ATMs are located at the Zaanse Schans parking office.

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How to Get There

The Zaanse Schans neighborhood is set in Zaandam, near Zaandijk, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) northwest of Amsterdam. The village, located on the eastern bank of the Zaan river, is easily accessible from Amsterdam’s Centraal Station by transit—it takes less than an hour to get there by bus, train, or car. Fee-based parking is available.

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When to Get There

Though there is plenty to do year-round in the Zaanse Schans, much of the village’s charm lies in its outdoor attractions, making late spring and summer the best times to visit. Winters in the Netherlands are known to be rainy and windy, so if you’re visiting then, wear warm layers under a waterproof jacket.

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The Dutch and Their Bicycles

It’s said that there are 1.5 bicycles for every inhabitant of the Netherlands. The Dutch love their bikes and can be found pedaling them to work, school, the grocery store, and everywhere else in between. Renting a bicycle is a great way to see Holland like a local. In summer, a bike tour from Amsterdam to the Zaanse Schans is a popular way to experience the quaint village and the bucolic countryside.

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