Zaanse Schans Daytrip, Amsterdam
OK there's more to the Netherlands than Amsterdam; and Zaanse-Schans is recommended if you would like to see the windmills and houses that are often associated with the Netherlands.
Located about 20 minutes away from the city this is where I take guests visiting the country for the first time. The whole complex can be seen in less than 3 hours. They have working windmills, old Dutch houses, shops, restaurant and cafe's and it's a great place to take pictures :)
We took a number 10 tram along Sarphatistraat going out of the city centre to find this windmill - the first we have seen after 4 previous windmill-less trips to the Netherlands. It was a short 10 minute ride until we got off at Alexanderkade and there it was... this beautiful windmill, built in 1725 as a grain mill and now a small brewery pub (Brouwerij t'Ij).
From Central Station we took a train to the town of Koog-Zaandijk. We walked 15 minutes to Zaanse Schans, a little village on the banks of the river Zaan. It was full of wooden houses, tradesman’s workshops, gardens, and windmills in 17th century style.
We walked along the paths to the windmills (with some sheep accompanying us) and went inside. The first one was the paint mill De Kat where they grind raw materials such as chalk to make colored pigments for paint. The second windmill we went into was the oil mill De Zoeker where they grind and pound nuts and seeds to make oil. This mill smelled. There were other mills including a saw mill and a mustard mill, but the rest were not open that day. In the two we did go into, we climbed the narrow stairs to the top and out onto the deck. Fortunately the wind was blowing so we got to see the mills in action.
We had cappuccino and a muffin in one of the restaurants and then checked out some of the workshops - cheese making - and the clog workshop where they displayed some really interesting clogs including Sunday “dress” clogs and clog roller skates.
One of our favorite days in Amsterdam (area). I would definitely recommend visiting. Can spend 1 hour or several hours exploring!
Open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is free for the workshops, small charge for the windmills and museums.
Visitor information is correct as of this writing.
Zaanse Schans is a living museum created in 1960.It has a working mills,cheese-making factory and a clog workshop,all situated on a canalside.Some of the attractions here are free to visit while some requires entrance fees.
Located in Zaandam, Zaanse Schans is a collection of historic windmills and approximately 35 houses which were moved there in the 1970s.
Zaanse Schans houses are not open to the public as they are lived in but you can take a stroll through the narrow canal-side walkways. It is easily accessible from Amsterdam as it is just 9 miles to the north and is served by public transport routes.
The open-air museum features a wooden shoemaker, a pewter factory, bakery, cheese and dairy farm, and a century-old grocery store.
Opening hours :
Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00
Admission to the open-air museum is free whilst there is a small fee for the museums and mills.
Zaanse Schans is a must-see place if you are visiting Amsterdam. It is a beautiful landscape dotted with several beautiful windmills...the place has many museums but I personally dont think that all of them are worth a visit...probably only the Zaans Museum may be seen but I hav enever been there in my 3 visits so far...it is much better to be out in the open and enjoy the view rather than roam in a museum.
The best way to view the Zaans is out in the open...be prepared for some really strong winds but if you are visiting on a sunny day in the summers then that is not a problem! prepare some home-made food if you like and picnic...thats how I have done it every time!
It takes only a 10 minutes train ride from Amsterdam Sloterdijk station to reach Koog Zaandijk and the same day return journey costs 3 euros 90 as of September 2009. From the rail station, just follow the sign boards till you get to the landing platform for the Connexxions Ferry which is a free service to visitors travelling to Zaanse Schans. Once you have crossed the waterbody using the ferry....welkom in het Zaans!
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.
molen van sloten
only operating windmill in amsterdam.
the sloten windmill is a working mill. it is renovated and originates from 1847.
it can be visited daily from 10.00 and last tour 16.30
closed 25th,26th december, 1 january and 30th of april.
you can get explanation during the guided tour.
the windmill has an elevator till the second floor for disabled and older people.(so not to the highest)
upon request for groups other times are possible.
adults € 6
childern 4-12 € 2.25
65+ € 5
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.
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.
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...
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.
Almost comes under the "tourist trap" category... it's a beautiful little village just a 15 minute train journey from Amsterdam, relocated to avoid destruction in the 1960's I believe, and now has a handful of tourist museums and shops, and lots of photo opportunities (and lots of tour buses filled with tourists with cameras and overflowing purses)
takes fifteen minutes into amsterdam by train although the only windmill close to the city is actually a restarant and its on the outshirts.
Leiden which is a town about 15 mins from Schipol and here is a windmill museum which is close to the train station (most train stations have machines that you can print maps off that also allow you to type in your destination and in English also) Even with a couple of hours in Leiden you could still get in a few hours in amsterdam after as there are main trains to Amsterdam from here which takes 30mins.
Zaanse Schans is another alternative but this will have to be instead of amsterdam but you would still have plently of time there. This is a collection of houses and windmills.
I almost had no words when I entered the village. Everything was so in balance, in harmony, even the colours of the houses compared to the nature and compared to each others.
Here and there many windmills still up and running. Summertime you surely see lots of tulips too.
A perfect escape from the city centre (even if Amsterdam is a very nice and friendly and easygoing city itself).
Don't miss this one! Especially if you are romantic, like to photograph, like beautiful things and nature and silence.
Nowadays the place might have become a more touristic place; I was there in 2003 so you might want to check it out first.