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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.

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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!

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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

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

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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

Wonderful experience with fantastic crew

My sister & I thoroughly enjoyed the outing, partly because of the agreeable mood of Dutch weather but mostly thanks to profesional, caring & very hospitable of the tour crew. Thank you Dione, Caran & our lovely driver for such a plessant day. You guys Rock. xoxox Tessa & Sady (UK)

Perfect tour for a taste of these places.

Sandra, Natalia, and Steff (aka The Rock) were a fantastic trio that made our time together educational, entertaining, and completely enjoyable!

This is the tour to experience Netherlands

If you really want to experience and see what people perceive about Netherlands, this is the exact tour that needs to be purchased. It gives you the mills, the clogs, the cheese, the scenery. The tour guide was really nice and accommodating. Very, very strict, but still nice. The tour was nice because it includes history, its take on modernization and of course the scenery. The lunch was good as well. I suggest that everyone would take this tour if you want to experience Netherlands.

Everything and everybody was outstanding

Thanks for the amazing organization and great experience. Everybody was very personal and caring, even the bus driver who was making sure we never missed anything of the tour. Highly recomended

Georgio and George did a great job! The tour was a lot of info & fun.

Packed a lot into 5.5 hours. Would've liked more time at the windmills & less time in Volendam but it was still a very interesting adventure! I messed up and didn't get the voucher like I was supposed to; they were still good to take it. Good folks.

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