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The mills of Zaanse Schans in Holland

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Zaanse Schans is a small community of 40 houses located 20 kilometres from Amsterdam in North Holland.

It is best known for its old mills and, due to its proximity to the capital, is one of the most visited places in the Netherlands.

In the 18th century, Zaandam, the region in which Zaanse Schans is located, was a huge industrial area with more than 700 windmills.

At the end of the 19th century, the number of mills decreased dramatically in favour of modern factories.

The Zaanse Schans village-museum aims to preserve the history of the windmills in the area, illustrating the traditions and way of life of the past.

What to see in Zaanse Schans

The mills that make Zaanse Schans so famous were not originally located here, but were relocated from other parts of the Netherlands between 1960 and 1970 in order to preserve their integrity.

The site currently houses 10 mills, all dating back to the 16th century, some of which are open to visitors.

Like the windmills of kinderdijk, they are set in the beautiful Dutch countryside between canals and green meadows.

Inside the buildings, you can watch re-enactments of old Dutch crafts and traditions, thanks to very nice workshops (e.g. cheese and clog making) that always attract many visitors.

It is also possible to taste typical products, visit windmills still in operation, take the boat and rent bicycles.

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Opening hours

The opening hours of Zaanse Schans are 9a.m. – 5p.m. in the summer (April – October) and 10a.m. – 5p.m. the rest of the year.

Tickets and costs

Admission to Zaanse Schans is free of charge.

A charge, however, is made for a visit to the windmills, access to the museum and entry to some of the workshops.

Parking also costs €10.00.

You can buy the Zaanse Schans Card, which includes the following attractions:

  • Admission ticket to the Zaans Museum
  • Admission ticket for the Verkade chocolate and biscuit factory
  • Admission ticket for the Weaver’s House
  • Admission ticket to the Coopery
  • Scheduled admission to the Zaan Museum
  • Admission to Windmill World
  • Admission ticket to De Kat Dye Works
  • Admission to the Het Jonge Schaap sawmill
  • Admission ticket for the Zaanse Tijd Museum
  • 30% discount on parking ticket

▶ You can buy it HERE.

Where to eat

In the site, you will find a few bars and restaurants where you can eat something typical, but the prices are quite high.

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How to get to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam

From Amsterdam, you can reach Zaanse Schans by train (from the central station, the journey takes 15 minutes and costs about €3.70), by bus (No 391, also from the central station), by bicycle.

If, like us, the idea is to tour Holland and not just Amsterdam, the best way is to rent a car once you have landed.

▶ If you arrive by plane and need to rent a car, you can compare the offers proposed by rental agencies and save up to 70% by booking your car on the DiscoverCars portal.

I talk about it HERE.

Zaanse Schans with children

For children, there is a small wooden playground.

The walk within the site is flat and walkable with a pushchair.

If desired, bicycles with child seats can be rented.

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