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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 Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
$48.07 per adult
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Great tour. Tour guide was excellent
The tour was really interesting. The tour guide was excellent and I would recommend this tour. Was great to escape the center of Amsterdam and learn so much about its history. Beautiful area.
Julia_M, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

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Seeing countryside
Elaine_F, Oct 2021
Private Countryside tour to Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
Ester was awesome guide. Enjoyed the private tour done at our pace. Nice lunch in Volendam. Enjoyed the visit to cheese farm and store. Wonderful day to see outside of of Amsterdam
star-5
Nice experience and a good guide
lodie_N, Sep 2021
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
We enjoyed this tour, it was lovely and instructive. Our guide Paul paid attention to our questions and needs. He was very kind. We would have missed something if we had travelled to Amsterdam without going to Zaanse Schans.
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All in one tour
p_b, Oct 2021
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
Was a nice way to experience the area outside Amsterdam. Our guide Ray was knowledgeable and knew her stuff. Nice to be in a small group, so we didn’t get lost in the crowd of a big bus tour. Great easy pickup location.
star-5
Great day trip! Highly...
Colten_V, Oct 2021
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam
Great day trip! Highly recommended for anyone wanting to see and experience some of the history Amsterdam has to offer!
star-5
Beautiful and totally worth it!
NataliaPaola_G, Oct 2021
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam
This trip was absolutely beautiful and the best part of my Netherlands trip. Our tour guide Said was friendly, helpful and informative. It was a small group of us so we were able to explore a bit on our own. Great tour!
star-5
Valuable Tour!
Scott_C, Oct 2021
Private Countryside tour to Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
This was the highlight of our trip. We have been wanting to see actual local sites and got a great tour, knowledgeable tour guide, and a real flair for Dutch life.
star-5
Awesome experience
Sara_P, Oct 2021
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
This tour was amazing! We got to see so much in 6hours. So many beautiful sites, the tour guide was very informative, there was time for exploring at each site, transportation by bus between villages, cheese and wine tasting included, and you go have lunch at a seaside village. Easy way to see some of the countryside. Highly recommend.
star-5
Well worth it
Richard_M, Oct 2021
Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam
This was a really enjoyable and chilled trip. There was only three of us on the tour and it was really well paced. There was a good mixture of guided time and free time. The guide was excellent and certainly knew his stuff.
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Working windmills
Susan_G, Oct 2021
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
Enjoyable trip to see this special little village. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable.
star-5
The tour guide was...
Ciara_C, Oct 2021
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
The tour guide was brilliant and informative. Knew how to capture his audience. Apart from the tour, he gave helpful tips about which shops to avoid to save money and the best areas to visit in Amsterdam. He made jokes and got us all laughing.
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Said made the day trip Great!
Greg_C, Aug 2021
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam
Said was awesome! Our tour began with Said picking us up at our hotel which saved us from figuring out transportation to the original pick up spot. He then drove us to Zaanse schans to tour of windmills, cheese store, and wooden shoe demonstration. All were very interesting. Then we went to Giethoorn and it was a delightful town. We had a delicious lunch, ice cream snack and a fun canal cruise! Said was there to meet any needs we had. We would highly recommend him for future tours!
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Great entertainment and education
PaulE_M, Sep 2021
Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam
Guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable on a wealth of subjects. Cheese, wooden shoe guy was a hoot. One of best experiences of our 17-day trip.

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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