See, taste, try, smell and experience the real Holland

With its iconic wooden windmills and traditional green houses, the Zaanse Schans is one of the most memorable places to visit in the whole of the Netherlands. And being located just outside Amsterdam, it couldn’t be easier to reach. This stunning living and working community dates back to 1850, and the traditional Dutch wooden houses were relocated here, piece by piece, in 1961. Experience how Dutch people lived in days gone by at the wooden windmills, traditional crafts, historic museums and beautiful green houses. Watch traditional crafts such as clog and cheese making, weaving, barrel making and chocolate workshops. Climb up the stairs in a windmill and enjoy the view. Take a boat trip, ride a bike or walk through the stunning buildings and the unique peat meadow landscape. Dine in one of the restaurants, or explore the shops and boutiques.

Zaanse Schans windmills Cris Toala Olivares

Guided tours with the Zaanse Schans app

Dive into the history of the Netherlands and the typical ‘Zaanse’ architecture by downloading the Zaanse Schans app, and experience this unique piece of Dutch heritage at your own pace. The app provides you with a selection of guided tours which guide you through the beautiful wooden houses and the unique peat meadow landscape.

Amsterdam Zaanse Schans windmill day trip, Merijn Roubroeks

Zaanse Schans Card

Turn your visit to the Zaanse Schans into a complete day out with the Zaanse Schans Card. Admission to the Zaanse Schans is free of charge but some attractions charge a small fee. The Zaanse Schans card allows you to enjoy all museums, crafts and a windmill of choice, for one price. You will also receive discount on parking and great discounts in souvenir shops, cafes , restaurants and bike rental. Simply put, the card easily pays for itself.