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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
$46.04 per adult
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Perfect Zaanse Schans Tour
I really enjoyed the tour. Callum, the tour guide is very nice and cool. With the right amount of energy and vibe. Will highly recommend this. 🙂
Daevid_L, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

star-5
Great half day tour....
Richard_N, Dec 2021
Zaanse Schans Half Day Guided Tour
Great half day tour. Would highly recommend it. With Covid, we still had time to see the city. Richard was an excellent guide.
star-5
Awesome tour
Rishawna_S, Dec 2021
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
The tour guide was awesome. He explained what we where doing and had great suggestions. My favorite part was the cheese farm
star-5
Amazing experience
Pedro_V, Dec 2021
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
Bart did an amazing job and tour was great! Tour was right on point and I would definitely schedule with the company in the future.
star-5
Excellent service !
Rosalina_R, Dec 2021
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam
We had the best time to explore Giethoorn and there weren’t many tourist. Said the tour leader is very kind man and friendly. You just felt his nature hospitality. I would recommend you to buy this package a day tour with Dutchtrips !
star-5
The whole tour was great...
Sharon_D, Oct 2021
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
The whole tour was great especially our visit to Edam and Zaanse Schans. Our Tour Guide was great and Bus Operator was a very safe driver.
star-5
Great visit in Zaanse Schans
Micha_T, Nov 2021
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
This was an excellent tour. Our guide Callum was warm, friendly and very knowledgeable. Despite the grey weather, we were able to get a great understanding of the region and learn about some local traditions. Highly recommended.
star-5
Very Enjoyable!
Kathleen_J, Nov 2021
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
It was an enjoyable trip thanks to Raquel. She was very energetic and well informed of the towns we visited. We learned a lot from her!
star-5
5/5! Highly recommended!
MARKNIEL_G, Nov 2021
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam
Would definitely recommend this tour! 5/5. It was a small group tour which made it better. Saed, our tour guide was very informative and friendly. He even picked us up at our place for the tour. Thanks for this amazing experience! 🥳
star-5
Wonderful tour
Patricia_H, Nov 2021
Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam
Tol was an excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable. Fun tour. The windmills were very interesting. Each one has different purpose. The eco system is extremely important to Amsterdam. Visited a fisherman’s village too!
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Excellent, would highly recommend!
Zoe_S, Nov 2021
Zaanse Schans private tour region of Amsterdam
Diana was great, really knowledgeable about the area and managed to get demonstrations for us at the clog museum and the cheese factory. She catered to our needs and interests and it was an excellent way for us to finish our trip
star-5
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.

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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