Winter is the perfect time to experience the Netherlands at the Zaanse Schans.

Zaanse Schans, a stunning living and working community dating back to 1850, is one of the highlights of the Netherlands. You can see firsthand how Dutch people lived and worked by visiting the windmills, crafts, museums and houses.

Discover the Zaanse Schans at your own pace with a personal guided tour via the Zaanse Schans app. If it’s just a bit too cold outside, visit one of the windmills to see the moving parts inside the belly of the building and hear the wood creak — and take a seat to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and rum! Go for the comfort and warmth of a 50-minute boat tour along the Zaanse Schans to enjoy a breath-taking view of the Zaanse skyline, which features the impressive windmills.

There is nothing better than a warm meal after a brisk countryside walk outside in the fresh Dutch air. Head to De Kraai for a traditional Dutch pancake at lunchtime, or travel to the restaurant De Hoop op d’Swarte Walvis to feast on culinary delights with a view of the windmills along the river Zaan.

Discover history from the inside

The Zaans Museum, situated at the Zaanse Schans, tells the stories of the people, their lives and work, as well as the industrial heritage of the area. The Zaanse food industry is brought to life in the heart of the museum at the Verkade Experience, where you’ll feel as though you’ve travelled back in time to the early 20th century, when the machines of a chocolate and biscuit factory were still in operation. Chock-full of interesting exhibitions and displays, this museum gives you enough time to heat up when it’s cold outside!

The Zaanse Schans is a stone’s throw from Amsterdam, easily accessible from the City by bus, train, car, boat and bicycle.