Zaanse Schans

Located just north of Amsterdam, the Zaanse Schans offers a perfectly preserved glimpse into the Netherlands' industrial past with its traditional houses, windmills, warehouses and workshops. Find out what there is to do and see at the Zaanse Schans!


In its 18th and 19th century heyday, the Zaan region was an important industrial area dotted by hundreds of windmills producing linseed oil, paint, snuff, mustard, paper and other products. Many of the Zaanse Schans' characteristic village houses are now museums, gift shops or workshops while others are still used as private residences. Some of the Zaanse Schans' remaining windmills are also open to the public.

Visiting Zaanse Schans

The Zaanse Schans attracts nearly a million visitors per year and it's one of the Netherlands' best loved attractions. The outdoor portion of the Zaanse Schans is open to view without paying admission, but opening times and entrance prices vary at each of its museums, workshops, and windmills. 

How to get to Zaanse Schans

Many choose to visit the Zaanse Schans as part of a guided tour or excursion, but the village is also easy to reach under your own steam by car or public transport - just catch the train from Amsterdam's Central Station. A 15-minute train ride will take you to Koog-Zaandijk and it's a 10-minute walk from the station. Just look for the windmills!

Zaanse Schans attractions

Zaanse Schans

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With its traditional houses, windmills, warehouses and workshops, the historic village of Zaanse Schans offers a preserved glimpse...

Zaans Museum & Verkade Pavilion

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The Zaans Museum tells the story of daily life in the Zaan region over the centuries. The Zaan was one of the oldest industrial ar...

De Zaanse Schans Clog Workshop

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Visit the wooden shoe workshop at the Zaanse Schans! See the clog makers at work in the workshop and learn about the history of wo...

Windmills at the Zaanse Schans

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The Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum that’s fun for all ages. Open year round, Zaans Schans is a free outdoor park with a colle...

Catharina Hoeve cheese farm

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The Catharina Hoeve is an authentic 17th-century cheese farm, situated at the Zaanse Schans, close to Amsterdam. The Zaanse Schans...


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Discover a piece of history at Kuiperij in Zaanse Schans. This is where barrels were made to transport goods. The historic family ...

Museumwinkel Albert Heijn

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Take a trip back in time to visit the very first Albert Heijn grocery store in the Netherlands. This monumental building is now a ...

See the Zaanse Schans by guided tour

Zaan Tours

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Immerse yourself in the beautiful surrounds and fascinating history of the world famous Zaanse Schans. Zaan Tours make it easy to ...

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