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Windmills, Crafts, Museums! The Best of Zaanse Shans

Get a sense of what the Dutch are all about in Zaanse Schans, located right outside of Amsterdam. Take a day trip out to the quaint community that dates back to the 18th century and take in the countryside tulips, fresh cheese, windmills, barns and museums.

Zaans Museum & Verkade Pavilion
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Zaans Museum & Verkade Pavilion

These two museums offer a delicious history of the region’s food production with equipment, utensils, clothing and paintings. Bring your sweet tooth, tasting is encouraged!

Albert Heijn Museum Shop
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Albert Heijn Museum Shop

Find goodies to bring home to your loved ones at an adorable replica of the original Albert Heijn, a Dutch supermarket chain.

Zaan Time Museum

You’ll be hearing ticking while trying to fall asleep later that night, but it’s a small price to pay to view this collection of beautiful historic Dutch clocks.

De Kat

De Kat

Piet Kempenaar wears a traditional outfit complete with pipe and hat while manning his massive paint mill.

De Gekroonde Poelenburg
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De Gekroonde Poelenburg

Different from all other working windmills in the city, the sawmill De Gekroonde Poelenburg can turn around on a rig of wooden rollers depending on the direction of the wind.

Our insider tips

Opt for bike rental

It’s small enough that walking will do, but you’ll feel like a local with the fresh air rushing by on a bicycle.

Did we mention Zaanse Schans’ restaurants?

It’s all about the food here! Check out the distillery and tasting room, or the traditional pancake house.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    From April to November, almost everything is open from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Prices vary depending on your plans and the addition of transportation, tours, and other perks.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's a great idea to experience Zaanse Schans with a guide.
  • How to get there
    From Amsterdam Central Station, take the Connexxion bus 391 to Zaanse Schans.
  • Additional information

    • If you plan on doing more than a day trip, there are many great hotels and B&Bs in the area.

What people are saying about Zaanse Schans

Our trip to Keukanof was superb. Breathtaking gardens .

We had gorgeous weather and the Keukanof looked amazing.Very impressed with the tour company. I was switched to another bus at the Keukanof as they realized that I and my daughter were the only people on our bus going to the Zaanse Shans aswell. Very well organized. Thank you

Amazing, must-do, beautiful trip in Amesterdam

Online booking was easy, no extra charges, the countryside is beautiful. You cannot leave amesterdam without doing this trip. 8 different stops. I loved all of it

Amazing Trip, managed very well, left on time, perfect Bus.

I recommend to every one , don't miss it, the Guide was very kind and lovely with my kids,they love her untill my daughter left us and walk always with her, the bus is very clean high quality free wifi in bus very comfortable chairs. This trip every one must get it. My advice to make Volendam & windmills trip one day, and Tulip trip another day. Thank you

Fabulous tour which totally exceeded my expectations

I was pleasantly surprised that the tour offered so much to see and do, and was so much fun! And in light of its costs, this tour offers excellent value for money. Credit goes to the team of professional guides (Ian, Semlina & Harold) and driver.

Volendam, Marken & Windmills with Free 1-Hour Canal Cruise Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 03/18/2019

A trip that was so much more than I expected!

If I have to put in one word - wonderful! From start to end, we were taken good care of, lots of interesting facts and stories were presented by the knowledgable guide Sandra (Thank you so much, Sandra! And thank you, Nick for he safe driving!). So many activities and hands-on experience in various workshops were included that there was not one minute to feel bored! Great value for what it is worth and weather was favourable too which is always a bonus in windy, wintry, mid-March Holland! Really pleased with the choice of places and quite informative - one gets to see the Netherlands in a snapshot of a few hours! Highly recommend!!! If you do one thing outside of Amsterdam - that has to be it! PS: quite strict with leaving times but that is not a bad thing as when travelling as a group, and visiting more than one place. It is only fair to everybody- so make sure you have a good watch with you!

Volendam, Marken & Windmills with Free 1-Hour Canal Cruise Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 03/14/2019

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