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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
$49.02 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing, every thing was managed in a true way
The group that I met , the Tour man was great , and the history of the village was super nice .. highly recommended
Chaya-Maher, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

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Giethoorn tour
domtaylor, Jul 2021
Giethoorn and windmills of Zaanse schans daytrip 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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Informative walking tour enjoyable
Tracey_C, Jul 2021
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
The tour guide was amazing. Be prepared to walk. Very informative and interesting sights and walk. Enjoyed the view especially from top of windmill. Be a walker for this tour!
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Amazing, every thing was managed in a true way
Chaya-Maher, Jul 2021
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
The group that I met , the Tour man was great , and the history of the village was super nice .. highly recommended
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Totally worth the money!
Donna_A, Jul 2021
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Small-Group Day Tour
This trip was well worth the money. I highly recommend this trip and this company. Cheery is an excellent guide. She was very informative and gave us plenty of time to browse and took our pictures. Our group was very just 4 of us and because there were less tourists than usual, it was beautiful and peaceful! Our driver was also awesome.
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Beautiful
Michelle_H, Jul 2021
Private Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Windmills Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam
We loved our tour! It was beautiful! The canal was amazing! The windmill was great! Very informative! Our tour guide was nice. He was very kind. I wish he would have communicated more information about the countryside etc. Beautiful country!
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Giethorn, shoe making, cheese factory...
Lucas_A, Jun 2021
Giethoorn and windmills of Zaanse schans daytrip from Amsterdam
Great trip, Said was our tour guide and he was really good, explained a lot about the attractions and history of the places visited. Its a must do experience for those looking for getting to know better the Netherlands. Definitely recommended!
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Great experience!
Hrvoje, Jul 2021
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
Great tour! The visit of about three hours from Amsterdam to this beautiful village in the Dutch countryside contains various stops that show local traditions, such as the production of clogs, cheese, and the operation of the windmill. Everything was perfectly organized. The guide, a native of the place, was very sympathetic and competent. Really to recommend!
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A tour elevates the experience
Melanie_J, Jul 2021
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
Paul was our tour guide. He was very professional and personable. He is very well suited for this position. He went Out of our way to adjust the tour to what we wanted to see, he helped us with our bags and was always so polite and friendly. I have never been disappointed from Viator tours yet! Great communication and great value! Paul was absolutely wonderful. If I come back to the Netherlands I’m going to boom him again!
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Easy guided tour of Amsterdam
Dmitriy_B, Dec 2020
4-Day Tour: Amsterdam and Zaanse Schans from Zaandam
The guide was professional, always picked us up on time, and was a very good driver. We had the needed direction whenever something wasn't clear to us, and plenty of opportunity to explore various places on our own.
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Amazing! What a perfect day :)
Kelly_D, Dec 2020
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
The best tour and tour guides!!! What a perfect day! The ability to see all the small towns at a slow pace was so relaxing and enjoyable.
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Windmills and local sights were amazing
Matthew_Nadolecki, Aug 2020
Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam
We had a fantastic time learning from a local guide and seeing great sites. Very satisfied with the whole experience.
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Informative and entertaining
George, Aug 2020
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
It was lovely and quiet, got plenty of time to walk about and discover the amazing countryside of 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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