Zaanse Schans

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Zaanse Schans, Netherlands

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aloneinthecrowd aloneint…
65 reviews
Zaanse Schans Jun 15, 2011
Zaanse Schans is a village in the Zaanstad municipal approx. 20 km to Amsterdam.

It's a very popular touristic site and has more than 900,000 visitors every year.

Between 1961 and 1974 most of the old buildings were brought from several places in Zaanstreek to Zaanse Schans and rebuilt in the original state.

The visitors can visit some old houses inter alia the first shop of Albert Heijn (a dutch supermarket chain). Besides to the souvenir shops you find a cheese makery, a ship yard, a clogs workshop and the worldwide unique dye mill, De Kat. Products, which are made there, like cheese, bakery and mustard can be bought there. Not to forget the beautiful wooden clogs.

Next to the open-air museum you find the Zaans Museum, which shows the develop of the area Zaanstreek as the first industrial area. We haven't visited this because it was closed already, so I can't tell you if it's worth a visit.

For more information check out their website:

Visiting the open-air museum is free but you have to pay if you want to visit the different mills. I think it's 3 € each mill. Also the parking fee is expensive (7 € per day).
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johan0604 johan0604
1 reviews
Zaanze schans Apr 21, 2010
The Zaanse schans is a small erea near Zaandam/Amsterdam with windmills,old fashioned houses and have demostrations of how they make the wooden shoes from popular and willows trees and cheese.

In the cheese shop you can try many different flavours and taste which one you like the most.

The first Albert heijn supermarkt is there located aswell.

Also there is a possabilitie to take a boat tour in the zaanstreek which take about 50 minutes for 6 euro,between April and september.

For information about this can check

at you can see what you can see for free and where you have to pay and the prices.

you can come here by car or public transportation the train and bus from trainsation Zaandam or bus 89 or bus 69 from train station koog zaandijk.

I cannot upload all pictures now so hopefully i can show them here tomorrow
A view over some windmills
some old fashioned zaanze houses
The Dutch flag
The windmills from a different view
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Biedjee says:
Congrats on the feature. One of the few truly scenic places in our country!
Posted on: Apr 25, 2010
mslellen says:
Congrats on the feature!
Posted on: Apr 25, 2010
Dr_Seuss says:
Congrats on the feature Johan. I really liked Zaanse Schans when I took the kids there for a day trip :)
Posted on: Apr 25, 2010
gillybob gillybob
111 reviews
Zaanse Schans Mar 16, 2008
Located in Zaandam, Zaanse Schans is a collection of historic windmills and approximately 35 houses which were moved there in the 1970s.

Zaanse Schans houses are not open to the public as they are lived in but you can take a stroll through the narrow canal-side walkways. It is easily accessible from Amsterdam as it is just 9 miles to the north and is served by public transport routes.

The open-air museum features a wooden shoemaker, a pewter factory, bakery, cheese and dairy farm, and a century-old grocery store.

Opening hours :

Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00

Admission to the open-air museum is free whilst there is a small fee for the museums and mills.

dolfijn dolfijn
53 reviews
Feb 21, 2008
Beautiful area with historic windmills and houses!

You'll see people in their traditional clothes and working in their tradional workingenvironment of the 17th and 18th century.

Zaanse Schans is a neighbourhood of Zaandam, near Zaandijk in the municipality of Zaanstad in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. It has a collection of well-preserved historic windmills and houses. Zaanse Schans is one of the popular tourist attractions of the region and an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage.
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1agrace says:
Thank you for this. There are so many interesting sights on the planet that I learn of from this site :-)
Posted on: Feb 21, 2008

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