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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
$48.41 per adult
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Perfect!
Loved this tour! Just the right amount of time. Our tour guide, Rae, was wonderful and the tour was limited to 8 people so it was really like a semi-private tour. Highly recommended.
OlgaSD, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

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Laura is the best!
Tatiana_V, Sep 2021
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
This trip was absolutely amazing! Our guide Laura is a super knowledgeable person and has really valuable information about the culture and landmarks. She was extremely nice and had great energy. The ladies at the farm were really funny and great at what they do. I was very happy with this tour. I only suggest to let people walk a little longer in the two towns where we are given free time. Overall, this was a great trip and I recommend it 100%.
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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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👍🏻
Gabriele_N, Sep 2021
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
Laura was a very friendly guide. A lot of interesting informations. Good organisation. We enjoyed it ………
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Small and Quaint town tour.
Joan_F, Aug 2021
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
We enjoyed the entire tour. It was interesting that the windmill is where famous painters bought their pigment. Who knew that was how they created paint!
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Excellent guide!
David_H, Aug 2021
Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam
Very informative tour and he speaks very good and easy to understand English. He is very friendly and knowledgeable.
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One of the most wonderful trips in my life!
Xavier_L, Aug 2021
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam
We booked this tour by chance on Internet, after reading all the good reviews. This trip was very excellent! Our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. He was also our car driver, and a boat driver LOL We had a very good time, thank you!
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The best trip outside of Amsterdam
Domagoj_D, Aug 2021
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam
The tour was excellent in every way: eyes-resting scenery and a great tour guide Said who made the trip even more enjoyable. Very knowledgeable, he gave us spot-on recommendations and had a great sense of humor. The best day in Amsterdam!
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Windmill Tour You Don't Want To Miss
Virginia_W, Aug 2021
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
The host Rae who is a local has made this trip memorable by providing history, information about culture and places to visit. The trip takes me to beautiful scenery and interesting demo of wooden shoe making. There's adequate time for shopping and coffee break. Overall this has been a great relaxing 1/2 day trip in the countryside. Highly recommended.
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Giethoorn tour
domtaylor, Jul 2021
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam
Great tour to Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans. Saïd was very knowledgeable and informative. He is also a safe and careful driver. Thanks for a fantastic day!
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Great day trip outside of Amsterdam.
Richard_H, Aug 2021
Giethoorn, Afsluitdijk, Zaanse Schans Day Tour on Mini VIP Bus
Windmill village experience was magical. Koen was a great guide. Very cool trip to Giethoorn, a neat town with no cars.
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Amazing!!
Justin_M, Aug 2021
Countryside & Zaanse Schans Windmills Tour
We had the most wonderful time. Our tour guide was excellent, friendly, and knowledgeable. The driver was fantastic. This was our best day in Amsterdam.
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Spectacular
Maria_T, Aug 2021
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Small-Group Day Tour
EVERYTHING!! I have no words to describe how spectacular was the whole scenery of the villages WAS AMAZING!! Everyone has to visit these villages in the Netherlands

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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