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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
Photo: Bogdan Migulski@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 6,914 reviews

The Bus was Perfect. The Cruise was poorly done

The Hop On Hop off Bus was amazing. But I do not recommend boat ride. It had earbuds and an app for us to use on our phones to guide us through the different wind mills. We spent about 20 min trying to get it to work and were exasperated that it obviously wasnt working, which means we were not really looking about and enjoying it. I would say that 50% of the guests were more focused on getting the app to work. It was more upsetting than enjoyable. I am 27 years old so using an App has NEVER been an issue for me in the past. Very unorganized. Everything about the bus was great! Comfortable and timely. I would book an option without the boat tour in the future.

Good day of visiting the local area. excellent tour guide

The day is well thought out and our tour guide was excellent. They should have included radio earpieces so we could hear the guide at all times, There were many instances when we missed what he had to say due to the group size and that he started speaking before the group had re-gathered at each stage of the tour. As with these types of tours there wasn't really enough time at each location, but it did mean we saw a lot of things in one day

It was super! But not enough time for Volendam.

We really liked the tour! Comfortable bus, funny and informative guide. The only thing we didn't like was lack of free time in Volendam. 30 minutes are terribly not enough for this charming place! Especially if you want not just to explore the village but also grab some food. And give a try for russian language. There are quite a lot of us visiting your country.

Volendam, Edam, and Windmills Tour from Amsterdam Reviewed by

One of the best tours and guides we have ever had!

Our knowledgeable and personable guide Steve was very attuned to making the day what we wanted. His extensive knowledge of the area and its history, and his excellent command of English, made listening to his comments and his sharing of the culture of his country fascinating. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR AND THIS GUIDE.

Excellent value for money. Amazing experience!

The tour was very well organised. We had enough time in each location to have some rest and buy some souvenirs. The tour guide (Desiree) was very interactive and provided some interesting overview of each place we visited. I can recommend this trip to anyone who is interested to see a little bit of Dutch countryside.

Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam & Marken Spanish Tour Reviewed by

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