Zaanse Schans Travel Guide

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Zaanse Schans Overview

One of Holland's top tourist destinations

The Zaanse Schans is a delightful village on the banks of the river Zaan with characteristic green wooden houses, charming stylized gardens, small hump-backed bridges, tradesmen's workshops, historic windmills and engaging little shops.

This enchanting village has been lovingly established by relocating local houses, windmills, storehouses and barns to form a remarkable replica of a typical Zaanse village of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Apart from the cluster of windmills, characteristic wooden houses and delightful shops to visit there are intriguing traditional Dutch crafts such as wooden shoes, pewter and cheese making, several fascinating museums, restaurants and even the possibility of taking a boat trip on the river. The Zaanse Schans is open daily throughout the year.

The European Route of Industrial Heritage
The Zaanse Schans is unique! At a glance it is possible to see a landscape both ancient and modern; from before, during and after the industrial revolution. With the polder in the foreground, the cluster of windmills by the river and modern factories on the horizon this panorama creates an important link for the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

Like to visit Zaanse Schans, take a train from Amsterdam Central Station to Koog Zandijk. From the station is about 5 to 10 minutes walk to the ferry point that will bring you to Zaanse Schans.

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