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Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

Monument, Historic and Protected Site, and Windmill
Zaanse Schans, Zaandam
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    "A must visit place for those visiting the Netherlands."(8 Tips)
    Vinicius R.
    "... everyone travelling to holland for the first time."(6 Tips)
    Manuela R.
    "Great view, great hot chocolate"(11 Tips)
    Michelle D.
    "old school windmills and a touristy"(2 Tips)
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  • netherlands
  • holland
  • scenic views
  • windmills
  • biking
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  • S G.heart icon on user image
    S G YOctober 19, 2015
    Perfect place to spend a sunny day, don't miss the chance to enter the wind mills and enjoy the beautiful views. It's a must if you wanna get a taste of Holland, but be aware that is quite touristic.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • llldianalll
    llldianalllJuly 14, 2013
    A must-go place, only 20 minute from Amsterdam. Beautiful view! You can explore a windmill inside, rent a bike, prove some delicious cheese, or just walk... Lovely place!
    Upvoted Oct 22
  • yw P.heart icon on user image
    yw PísmenkováOctober 21, 2015
    This place is worth visiting, many little shops, museums, windmills, nice views for perfect shots. Goats and ducks, chocolate, cheese and souvenirs... Love this place.
    Upvoted Oct 4
  • Mohammed A.heart icon on user image
    Mohammed Abu HajarJanuary 10, 2020
    Best museum to explore and experience the old Netherlands lifestyle and enjoy the land mark of Air Fans and enjoy the visit of Chocolate Factory and Shopping some natural products like cheese
  • Hani B.
    Hani Ben MussaOctober 7, 2019
    Visit a piece of art history. Fascinating to experience the birth of the reds, blues and yellows that have shaped European ArtA great, working mill with an interesting story. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Luluheart icon on user image
    LuluAugust 14, 2017
    A must-go place, only 20 minute from Amsterdam. Beautiful view! You can explore a windmill inside, rent a bike, prove some delicious cheese, or just walk. Lovely place!❤
  • Amsterdam City Tours
    Amsterdam City ToursApril 23, 2012
    Windmills, one of the first things come to one's mind when you hear Holland. Zaanse Schans is one of the most popular places where you can get a postcard picture of windmills and not travel too long. Read more
  • RAKANheart icon on user image
    RAKANOctober 23
    Beautiful place 🌿 located on the river Zaan, just north of Amsterdam famous for its Windmills, cheese stores 🧀 🐄
    Upvoted Oct 23
  • Felipe I.heart icon on user image
    Felipe IglesiasJuly 19, 2016
    Windmills are beautiful and just that. The rest: infinite ways to take money from you with cheesy entertainment. €4,00 to look inside ONE windmill? And there's a lot of new stuff passing for heritage.
  • Haya .
    Haya 🎼July 7, 2018
    What a beautiful typical Dutch village with a lot of windmills.the place it’s like the old movies (:
  • Najla A.heart icon on user image
    Najla AlSeptember 10, 2018
    Stunning and amazing. Beautiful area with so many cafés. Don’t miss this amazing place.
  • Nathan W.heart icon on user image
    Nathan WilliamsFebruary 16, 2020
    great area with some great windmills and great displays. The authentic old village is really good too and very interesting. The staff are very informative and interesting. Plenty of things to see
  • M K.
    M KJuly 12
    Been here 100+ times
    In the summer months, you can cross the river Zaan with a small ferry. It shuttles between Zaandijkersluis (Lagedijk, Zaandijk) and the windmill Bonte Hen on the Zaanse Schans.
  • sophia c.
    sophia chiJanuary 26, 2014
    Perfection! It's close to Amsterdam and you can see traditional wooden houses, gardens, bridges, and windmills operating! You can explore one and drink hot chocolate in it. I didn't want to leave..
  • RAKANheart icon on user image
    RAKANSeptember 1, 2018
    It is the most beautiful place in Holland ❤️and it is just an hour from Amsterdam....
  • Shereen T.heart icon on user image
    Shereen TAugust 22, 2019
    Recommend driving & spending a few hours here. Charming stores - slightly crowded in the afternoon. If you go via tour. The stops can be rather hurried.
  • Becca Orange
    Becca OrangeJune 28, 2018
    Ice-cream at the cheese shop was so smooth, milky; just a little sweet. Loving the variety of cheese to sample at the shop!!
  • Victoria C.heart icon on user image
    Victoria ClarkeFebruary 27, 2016
    You can climb up one of the mills (the one that grinds pigment for paint) for a good view. You can also buy a creamy hot chocolate in there.
  • Mika
    MikaFebruary 26, 2018
    Authentic village outside Amsterdam. Cute artsy houses and many windmills to complete the impression. Cheese factory is quiet nice.
  • Michelle D.heart icon on user image
    Michelle D.March 2, 2015
    Make the short trip from AMS to see old school windmills and a touristy yet interesting and worthwhile slice of Dutch nostalgia.
  • Rob F.heart icon on user image
    Rob FendlerNovember 7, 2015
    The working sawmill was awesome! We stopped there on a bus tour and didn't have enough time to linger, explore or shop the area. Needed more than an hour.
  • Miriam B.heart icon on user image
    Miriam BAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    First Albert Heijn supermarket, making of wooden shoes and cheese. Visit one of the windmills located in a typical Dutch scenery. A must see.
  • Arwa F.heart icon on user image
    Arwa FahadAugust 20, 2014
    The town is amazing we were lucky to see the once in a year festival. You will also visit a working windmill. The place is a must :)
  • Eda S.heart icon on user image
    Eda SenerFebruary 21, 2017
    Lovely place to see ❤its only 20min away from Amsterdam center and worth visiting ⭐️
  • Jenia K.heart icon on user image
    Jenia KunstApril 21, 2017
    Beautiful place. Astonishing views. Better get here on NS intercity/sprinter with your bikes.
  • Amit G.heart icon on user image
    Amit GaharwarApril 14, 2016
    Awesome day trip from Amsterdam. Take bus 391 from Amsterdam Centraal. Windmills and river that gives a feel of old Holland. Almost perfect place on a sunny day!
  • J D.heart icon on user image
    J DruniOctober 18, 2016
    Rent a bike in Amsterdam, get on the train (15min) towards Uitgeest. Get off at Koog-Zaandijk station and pedal your way to this amazing site!
  • Diego B.heart icon on user image
    Diego BarrosMay 16, 2018
    It is a 'must have' for anyone who goes to Netherlands for the first time ... a beautiful landscape.
  • Rachel R.heart icon on user image
    Rachel RothOctober 14, 2019
    This was purpose built to promote the heritage of windmills. Expect crowds and excessive numbers of gift shops, but the view is pretty
  • iamedwheart icon on user image
    iamedwDecember 30, 2018
    Nice day trip from Amsterdam. The cafe near the entrance serve nice soup and pancake with ham and cheese.
  • Marguerite G.heart icon on user image
    Marguerite G.December 17, 2019
    Come and see. You won't regret it
  • Shheart icon on user image
    ShAugust 4, 2018
    Nice windmill place, we enjoyed our ice cream from a place called “cocoalab” very delicious homemade ice cream 🍦
  • Martin O.heart icon on user image
    Martin OplockýAugust 3, 2015
    What a beautiful typical Dutch village with a lot of windmills. Definitely must see if you are in Amsterdam.
  • Sonia D.heart icon on user image
    Sonia DmytrenkoOctober 24, 2018
    Go there early in the morning because later you will face too many Chinese :)
  • Sophia H.heart icon on user image
    Sophia HJune 27, 2019
    Amazing ice cream, lots of cheese samples, and cool sights of windmills and wooden shoes
  • Marlon E.heart icon on user image
    Marlon ENovember 9, 2017
    Take your time to explore the whole area. Lots of little shops and windmills to visit.
  • Wins M.heart icon on user image
    Wins MMarch 18, 2015
    A spectacular view of the classic windmills. Good selection of cheese.
  • Sophia H.heart icon on user image
    Sophia HJune 27, 2019
    Beautiful bike ride to here from Amsterdam Centraal through the countryside!
  • Feirariheart icon on user image
    FeirariApril 13, 2018
    Very beautiful place. It’s good for cycling around.
  • Gabriel O.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel OrsiDecember 29, 2015
    The place is lovely, and free entrance. So but something slightly overpriced to help maintain the village :-)
  • Brendan E.heart icon on user image
    Brendan ElliottJanuary 2, 2018
    Best place to see all the iconic Dutch things - clogs, cheese, windmills & chocolate.
  • 高手놀리밑™heart icon on user image
    高手놀리밑™November 26, 2016
    A must visit place for those visiting the Netherlands.
  • Duncan C.heart icon on user image
    Duncan CarrollOctober 19, 2015
    Goats, chickens, and ducks roam free here! Fun for kids and parents.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria CiceriSeptember 19, 2014
    A beautiful place where you can love the nature ❤️
  • LukaSHheart icon on user image
    LukaSHApril 3, 2016
    Dutch classic you just have to see. Beware of photobombing asian tourists. You just have to be more cheeky than them.
  • sara a.heart icon on user image
    sara alswailemFebruary 9, 2020
    Very nice place but in windy days it becomes disastrous 🥶
  • Boheart icon on user image
    BoMarch 24, 2019
    Cute and pretty although not completely authentic.
  • Şeyda D.heart icon on user image
    Şeyda DemirOctober 25, 2015
    I love this place, its nature and ice cream also 😃 I hope I'll visit again 👌
  • Jon E.heart icon on user image
    Jon EshuijsMarch 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't leave without some traditional sweets from the old candy store..
  • Aran R.
    Aran RodríguezAugust 17, 2016
    Probably the highlight of my trip to Holland. Try to go at dusk. Is beautiful!
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