Zaanse Schans, Amsterdam
The Zaanse Schans is a delightful old hamlet just to the north of Amsterdam on the banks of the river Zaan with characteristic green wooden houses, charming styalised gardens, small hump-backed bridges, tradesmen's workshops, historic windmills and engaging little shops. Apart from the cluster of windmills and houses there are also several museums, restaurants and a visitors' centre to be found.
Just a 15 minute train ride from Amsterdam Centraal station is the Zaanse Schans.
Here you will see all the sterotypical Dutch things in one place. There are windmills galore, a traditional klompen (clog) maker and a cheese farm.
There are also several re-created Zaanse homes which are museums; clocks,pewter and costumes and there is even the very first Albert Heijn supermarket here.
There are restaurants and a tourist information centre as well as several shops.
Entranse to the Zaanse Schans is free as is entrance to most of the museums, though there is a small charge for some.
And all this is set in beautiful surroundings close to the wide river Zannse.
This windmill town, ZAANSE SCHANS is located some km north Amsterdam it is a recreation of an old village.
The village was created as monument to the rural life of the century XVII in 1960, inhabited, the local people; they maintain alive the activities and the traditional life manners.
A village not to lose
Zaanse Schans is where you'll see the beautiful windmill-studded countryside.
There's a row of Windmills along the village on the banks of the Zaan river..
It is about 16km northwest of the city and just north of the town of Zaandam.. The village also has historic little wooden houses, many of them restored as private homes.
Zaanse Schans is just out of Amsterdam. It's a huge open air museum full of traditional houses, windmills and other buildings.
We visited the cheese farm, clog makers and inside a windmill that crushed peanuts...
Tired of the same old thing in downtown Amsterdam? Take a 20 minute train ride out of town to Zaanse Schans to see old-world Netherlands. See working windmills, cheese-makers, clog-makers, clock-makers, livestock, museums and plenty of gift and antique shops all gathered in an old-style 17th century neighborhood atmosphere.
To get there, catch to stoptrein at Centraal Station, getting off at the Koog Zaandijk stop (about 4 stops out). From the station, follow the signs to Zaanse Schans or Zaanse Museum. It's about a 10 or 15 minute walk, ending up across the Zaan river. Once you've crossed the river, Zaanse is immediately on your left.
It's free to get on the grounds, but some individual museums charge a small admission. We thought the 2 Euro charge to get into and climb up a working windmill well worth it. Another highlight is the clog factory-museum (it's free) where there are demonstrations and you can try on and purchase your own wooden shoes.
It is the only mill in Amsterdam that is accessible to the public and lies on the outskirts of Amsterdam.
The mill can be visited daily between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ( with the exception of 1st January, 30th April - Queens' Day and 25&26th December). There is also a lift for elderly people and physically handicapped to visit the balcony.
The photo is the windmill inside 'Keukenhof', just giving you a sample,a few kilometers from Amsterdam. Holland is so well known of this Windmills, it's a 'MUST' ,Holland trip wouldn't be complete without seing at least one from the country. To see some real Holland windmills, please visit the website.
The Zaansche Schans is only a short trainride from Amsterdam and, though touristy, good fun.
It gives a taste of the old Holland, with for example an old Albert Heijn shop (our biggest supermarket chain, see photo), a watermill, a bakery museum and a windmill.
You can also watch demonstrations of Dutch crafts.
The 'Zaanse schans' about 15 miles NW of Amsterdam is a collection of old wooden houses, most of which have little shops.. Its like an open-air museum, but with a relaxed feel.
Most operators offer bus or boat tours.
Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries. The authentic houses, the historic shipyard, the clog-making demonstrations and, above all, the windmills.
Dutch names sound so complex that I cant remember the name of this wind mill. But its provided in the I-amsterdam card guide book.
If you want to see a windmill and don’t want to go out of the city you can do it at Funenkade. It’s the most central windmill in Amsterdam and was built in 1725. Now it’s a bar.
When you are in Amsterdam, you have to check out the windmills. Not that there are that special, it's just something that you shall have seen when visiting the Netherlands.
Visit Volendam to see one of the most beautiful windmill in Amsterdam. You can also see how the wooden clogs are made.