Zaanse Schans Travel Guide

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Zaanse Schans Highlights

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    Confucius says…

     Windmills, wooden shoe factory, free cheese samples 

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     Very touristy place 

  • In a nutshell
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     A must do even if it means you're with 1000 others 

Zaanse Schans Things to Do

  • Wooden Shoe making demonstration

    You can watch a demonstration of how wooden shoes were made and then buy a pair from a huge selection

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  • Windmills

    The star attraction of the town is of course the windmills. More than a half dozen restored windmills are with within walking distance of each other.

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  • Zaanse Schans Village

    Zaanse Schans is not a real village, but it comes very close to one. The Zaanstreek region north of Amsterdam is well-known for its colourful green-and-white houses as well as its windmills, but this cultural and architectural heritage is endangered due to the faceless architecture of the suburbs of the Netherlands' capital. Hence, Zaanse Schans...

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  • The Wooden Shoe Workshop

    The Wooden Shoe Workshop is situated in a former 1780 snuff and grain warehouse from the company Molenaar in Westzaan, relocated to the Zaanse Schans in 1984. Part of the storehouse has been devoted to the Wooden Shoe Museum, one of the largest and most beautiful collections of wooden shoes in the Netherlands including an absorbing audio-visual...

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  • Bakkerij Museum

    The Bakery Museum Gecroonde Duyvekater is decorated like a 19th century candy store with an authentic bakery in the back. The name of the museum comes from a regional Zaans sweet bread Duyvekater. This well-known bread is sold in the store, as well as various kinds of oldfashioned candy such as liquorice, syrup soldiers and gingerbread.Gecroonde...

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  • De Zoeker

    De Zoeker is the mill which formed the basis for the establishment of the Society of Zaan Mills. The mill however was not then located on its present site along the Kalverringdijk in Zaandam. De Zoeker was situated in the Westerzijderveld in Zaandijk, where it was built in 1672. De Zoeker spent much of its working life as an oil mill before being...

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  • Het Jonge Schaap

    The original mill by this name was located behind the railway station of Zaandam and was demolished in 1942. From Anton Sipman drawings and technical help of modern computers are able to begin reconstruction. The first pile was erected on September 24, 2005 and two years later opened to the public. The sawn timber through the wind is an invention...

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  • De kat Molen

    The original mill 'De Kat' was built in 1646 as oil mill. In 1782 the mill was destroyed by fire but the mill was rapidly rebuilt again. The mill was in use until 1904 and then was partially demolished. In 1960 the eight-sided paint mill 'De Duinjager' was removed from its former position owing to urban development and placed on top of the old...

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  • Pewter Workshop

    In the eighteenth century many merchants had tea-rooms like this at the back of their houses on the river Zaan. During the summer it was used for drinking tea and relaxing. This tea-room has Rococo-ornaments. The spade on the arms is the symbol of the family who first owned this building. The garden, in the French style, gives an idea of a...

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Zaanse Schans Restaurants

  • remember the old days

    The name of the restaurant refers to the old days, when this was a centre of whalers. Boats from this area went north to hunt whales. The name translated in english: "Hope for the black whale". The building is a typical Zaanse Schans building. Originally it where three seperate buildings: a merchanthouse, now the kitchen, an orphanage, now the...

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  • Dutch pancakes

    You will find only one restaurant here, however it’s not bad. It is open year around, with outdoor patio tables when weather permits.The menu is limited, but all items I’ve tried with my 3 visits there have been good. Their specialty is the ‘Dutch pancake’, which makes a great lunch or heavy snack. An added bonus is they have nice restrooms. While...

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  • Pancake Restaurant

    De Kraai is one of the very few restaurants in The Zaanse Schans. It's a pancake restaurant, but you can also get some sandwiches or salads. There are basic pancakes with sugar, butter or apple. But you can also try a Dutch style pancake with ham & cheese or try one with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Most pancakes are 7 Euros, but the basic...

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Zaanse Schans Transportation

  • From Amsterdam Central Staion

    From Amsterdam Central Station you have to buy a return ticket on the yellow ticket machine to Koog Zaandijk that cost 5.60 Euros. We caught the train at 9.33 am from platform num 7a. the trip takes about 20 minutes and from there just walk about 10 minutes to Zaanses Schans.Desde la estación central compramos billete de ida y vuelta que cuesta...

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  • By car

    From Amsterdam Via the A10 Amsterdam ring direction Zaanstad. Take A8 and then A7 direction Purmerend. Take the exit Zaanse Schans and follow the signs to the Zaanse Schans. Turn right at the roundabout for the car park. From Alkmaar A9 direction Zaanstad. Take exit N203 direction Wormerveer/Zaandam. From here follow the signs to the Zaanse...

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  • By train

    Only four stops (20 minutes) by train from Amsterdam Central Station. Take the stop train direction Alkmaar to Koog-Zaandijk. From the station simply follow the signs to the Zaanse Schans. It is ten minute walk from the station.prices 2011 single ticket 2.80 euro second classreturn ticket 5.60 euro second classthis if you buy it at a machine...

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Zaanse Schans Shopping

  • Clogs galore

    Not only can you see clogs being made here with the frequent demonstrations but there are thousands of sizes and colours too all displayed along every spare wall and across the ceiling. Clogs

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  • Dutch cheese

    The first thing that greets you is the shelves of cheese when you enter the farm. You can also see the cheese making equipment behind these shelves. Though I don't take cheese in Paris, I was game enough to try the cheese here. All the cheese should be available for tasting, if not, you can request from the shop assistant. They turned out to be...

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  • taste before buying

    The cheese farm the Catharina Hoeve is where you can see how cheese is made, but also buy some great varieties of cheese. All cheeses they sell you can taste first.So do have a taste and than choose which one to buy. In this case it is a good idea to buy here, because every cheesemaker has its own flavors.

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Zaanse Schans Local Customs

  • Walking with these super structures

    Of course you have to try these on. And then it is almost impossible to resist trying to walk with them. And yes, you can move them but it is very very hard to do. But it is much fun to try.. I think i managed at least 5 centimeter in as many minutes...

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  • Clog sitting...

    ... and get your picture taken. It must be something everybody who visits this place has at least one picture of...

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Zaanse Schans Warnings and Dangers

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    by dila Updated Feb 5, 2011

    I didnot notice them but i see enough signs and warning here.
    So as all crowded places beware of your belongings.
    Also some years ago there was some fake police outside the park.
    POLICE WILL NEVER ASK YOUR MONEY THEY GIVES BILLS. SO NEVER GIVE THEM CASH.

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Zaanse Schans Tourist Traps

  • Prices!!!

    Zaanse Schans is a money-machine. This begins with a parking fee of 7.50 EUR for everything more than 30 minutes and continues with extra entrance fees to the actual sights, the windmills. Apparently, a combi ticket is available, but according to our guidebook this is not exactly cheap at 14.50 EUR. You are even charged 0.50 EUR for the...

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  • Zaanse Schans Windmill

    Touristy but convenient to visit from Amsterdam with some good photo opportunities Go inside a windmill

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  • Overpriced souvenirs

    Unless you are only going to be in the country for the day, don’t buy your souvenirs here! Everything they have can be bought cheaper elsewhere.The only exceptions to this are ‘real delft’ and special decorated wooden shoes. Real delft is expensive no matter where you go, and the wooden shoe shop does offer one of the widest verities of decorated...

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Zaanse Schans What to Pack

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    by isolina_it Written Apr 5, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is a bog open air park and the windmills are in row by the water. It is usually windy if not rainy but it is worth going and pictures with clouds and windmills can result very nicely dramatic ;). Well, wind-jackets, umbrella, good shoes are a must

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Zaanse Schans Off The Beaten Path

  • different kinds of clogs

    at the clogs museum you see a lot of different kinds of clogs, I particularly liked these skates and roller skates

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  • clogmaker at work

    'De Vrede'. The 'Vrede' warehouse is a former storage shed for grain and snuff. Part of the warehouse has been set up as a wooden shoe-museum, with one of the largest collections in Holland and now it accomodates a clog workshop, where the handmade clogs and other souvenirs are sold. Quite often, you can see the clogmaker at work.

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  • BIG MEMORY CARD

    Though it’s a very small spot you take a big memory card or lots of film to take photos since every corner you see it worth to take a pic. You'll want to have it in photos to remember it from time to time in the future and make sure it was not a dream. The whole place

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  • outside toilet

    In the old days it was very normal to have the toilet outside. It was mostly built over the water so the waste could wash away immediately.Although this a good example it is no longer used.

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  • landscape

    The ancient dutch polders with swampy areas and wet meadows is home to many birdspecies and special plants. The are is mostly below sealevel therefor the ground is always wet. Since the 17th century this area is important. Windmills for industrial use and to mill the water out of the polder dominated the skyline. Whalers left from Zaandam to the...

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