Zaanse Schans

  • Zaanse Schans
  • Zaanse Schans - Open water
  • aanse Schans - Morning Glory
  • Zaanse Schans - Located on the waterfront
  • Zaanse Schans - Typical Houses

Zaanse Schans

Nothing gives a better view of what life must have been like in The Netherlands around 1750 as the Zaanse Schans does. This area of the city Zaandam is totally dedicated to life as it used to be. Here you can learn everything about the history of the area, architectural developments, and the old arts and crafts and of course the famous Dutch windmills.



At the Zaanse Schans you can witness for yourself how people used to make chocolate and cheese or how the famous wooden shoes are made. Craftsmen give live demonstrations on the techniques and materials used. You can buy the best souvenirs here, because all that is made is also sold in the various shops in the area.


Thanks to all the available water and wind, windmills became very useful for the Dutch back in the days. These mills did everything from cutting wood to grinding oil-bearing nuts and seeds. There are several mills in the Zaanse Schans area that are all worth a visit.

Did you know that the Zaanse Schans is not just a museum? There are actually people still living there!


Make the most of your time in Amsterdam and book a tour to the Zaanse Schans. Easy and fun! Giving you the opportunity to see and experience a lot without the hassle of organising it yourself. Click on the link to learn more about the details, if you want to book straightaway, click on the booking button below this text.

Zaanse Schans
Schansend 7
1509 AW Zaandam
Greater Amsterdam

Monday: 09.00 – 17.00
Tuesday: 09.00 – 17.00
Wednesday: 09.00 – 17.00
Thursday: 09.00 – 17.00
Friday: 09.00 – 17.00
Saturday: 09.00 – 17.00
Sunday: 09.00 – 17.00

Please note:
As the Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum, most outdoor activities such as biking or making a boat trip might not be available during cold winter months.

Entrance fees to the museums on the Zaanse Schans vary between € 1 and € 9.


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