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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, and the scenic drive through the Dutch countryside is a tour highlight in and of itself. Visit on a half- or full-day tour to explore the five Dutch Golden Age windmills and visit the workshops of local craftspeople.

When you get hungry, pop into a bakery for a taste of the sweet white duivekater 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 Windmills, Clogs and Dutch Cheese Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam
Zaanse Schans Windmills, Clogs and Dutch Cheese Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam
US$41.58 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A charming place worth visiting
Better than we’d even expected it to be. I had read comments from travelers about it not being a real village - that didn’t bother us at all The buildings were moved to their current site from within the region, and the windmills are all in operating order. It’s a really quaint village and our 10 year old grandson enjoyed as much as we did
Rebeccas_B, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

star-5
Very enjoyable tour
Gustavo_F, Aug 2022
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
We wanted to visit the Dutch windmills and get outside of Amsterdam, and this was a very enjoyable tour where we got to do just that. Zaanse Schans was very nice, the cheese company tour was very enjoyable, our tour guide was great (we took the Spanish language tour), everything was well organized. The lunch break at Volendam is a bit short if you want to sit down to eat, so don't dally.
star-5
Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken Private Countryside tour
Terry_S, Jul 2022
Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken Private Countryside tour from Amsterdam
We had a great time on our Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken Private Countryside tour. Our driver was friendly and well informed. Because he was unable to park close to some of the stops, he was willing to go to the van and pick us up so we did not need to walk the distance. Would recommend the tour.
star-5
This is the best tour!
Erin_S, Jul 2022
Unique Dutcht villages Zaanse Schans, Dutch Farm and Giethoorn Tour incl boat
We had an awesome day with our guide, Alex. He took care of all of our needs as we toured Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn. He listened to our interests, gave great guidance, and prearranged a covered boat for us because it was a hot day. Alex is very knowledgeable and kind. He helped my 75 year old mom in and out of the van and always kept our comfort in mind. It was a beautiful day that we will remember. Definitely book with him!
star-5
Gorgeous trip
Bruce_H, Aug 2022
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam
Zaanse Schans was beautiful, gorgeous little village. I think we enjoyed this the most. Seeing how clogs are made was very interesting as was going inside one of the windmills and watching wind power of wind. Just a beautiful setting with great info. Giethoorn was a beautiful village and without the canal tour we would have missed some of the spots. I then allows you to walk around the village and enjoy it at your own pace.
star-5
We had a great morning with Eric!
Kara_D, Jul 2022
Marken, Volendam & Zaanse Schans: Cheese, Windmills and Clogs
Eric was a terrific driver and took us off the beaten path as we made our way from stop to stop. We had a quick 4 hour tour, but we were early enough in the day to beat the crowds at Zaanse Schans and Volendam and the place where we stopped for a clog making demonstration and the cheese they make was so great. Highly recommend this excursion to do with a family and the 4 hour timing was perfect.
star-5
Overall a really nice day. Learned a lot.
HarryGoldman, Jul 2022
Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken Tour
Comfortable ride on a large bus. While the guide was not 'chatty' he did provide a lot of information about the areas we were going to. We had a little free time in Zaanse Schans and Edam which was nice. We happened to have been in Edam during the cheese market, so we didn't wait until the cheese maker and tour to buy some cheese, then bought more at the cheese maker. Overall a really nice day. Learned a lot.
star-5
Informative and delightful tour
Will_C, Jul 2022
Zaanse Schans guided tour Amsterdam region
Diana was a great tour guide! It was a two hour tour and we were able to see all that Zaanse Schans has to offer. She was able to set up demonstrations for the cheese factory and clog making. I would highly recommend this to everyone visiting Amsterdam!
star-5
Beautiful day trip to a charming village
ZEENAT_P, May 2022
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Day Tour Incl. Boat Cruise & Hotel Pick-up Max.8P
The trip was very informative and the guide Koen was very good with his knowledge of the places. Giethoorn is a wonderful place and picturesque and a must for any traveller to visit. The boat cruise around the place was great. Zaanse Schans was very good with the visits to the clog, cheese and diamond factory very enjoyable. Holland woukd not be complete without seeing the wonderful windmills here as well. Thoroughly enjoyable day.
star-5
Best trip I took in Amsterdam
TamiR, Aug 2022
Giethoorn, Afsluitdijk, Zaanse Schans Day Tour Mini VIP Bus Incl. Hotel Pick Up
small van, 8 people. Very good guide. He was very nice and a clean van. very good trip. picked me up from the hotel and back. must do trip if your in town for more than 3 days. Its a full day. Its better to do it in a small group than a big bus.
star-5
Excellent guide helped make it a great tour in spite of rain and wind.
Brynjulf_A, Apr 2022
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
Terrible weather, but a great and enthusiastic guide (Rob) helped us forget about that - and interesting places to experience in wind and rain. Comfortable bus with clean windows and convenient starting place. We learnt a lot about the Netherlands on this tour.
star-5
A charming place worth visiting
Rebeccas_B, Aug 2022
Zaanse Schans Windmills, Clogs and Dutch Cheese Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam
Better than we’d even expected it to be. I had read comments from travelers about it not being a real village - that didn’t bother us at all The buildings were moved to their current site from within the region, and the windmills are all in operating order. It’s a really quaint village and our 10 year old grandson enjoyed as much as we did
star-4
Day trip to Giethoorn
jxdbxmsrmb, Aug 2022
Giethoorn, Afsluitdijk, Zaanse Schans Day Tour Mini VIP Bus Incl. Hotel Pick Up
A wonderful seemless day of travel with our lovely guide Coen! He was very personable, helpful and informative! He hurried along our lunch service when we were running late in Giethoorn which was very helpful! He was also our terrific boat captain! We enjoyed our day immensely! The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that our vehicle’s windshield was terribly dirty and could’ve used a good washing for better viewing while we were driving!!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Zaanse Schans is a must-see for visitors interested in learning about traditional Dutch culture, from cheese- and clog-making to pewter-casting.

  • For a fun photo souvenir, stop by a shoemaker’s shop and try on traditional Dutch clogs and costumes.

  • 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's 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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