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. 

Entry to many of the paid attractions is included in the cost of the City Card. What’s more a windmill cruise is also included as part of the deal.

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

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...

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...


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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 ...

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...

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...

Molen Het Jonge Schaap

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Het Jonge Schaap ('the young sheep') is a replica of a wooden wind-powered sawmill in the Zaanse Schaans. Originally built in 1680...

Windmill de Kat

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This windmill used to grind chalk and other raw materials for paint and was built in 1646 in the historic village of Zaanse Schans...

Molen de Zoeker

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This windmill, dating from 1676, is the only remaining functioning oil mill – a windmill used to process oily seeds – in the world...

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How to get to Zaanse Schans

Download a map showing how to get to Zaanse Schans and featuring inspiring ideas about what to do when you're there.

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket

Get to Zaanse Schans by train or bus, included in this convenient multi-purpose ticket offering unlimited public transport by bus, tram, train and metro in the entire Amsterdam area.

I amsterdam City Card

Your City Card gives you free entry to many of the fantastic museums and windmills at Zaanse Schans. A windmill cruise is included, too!