Zaanse Schans Travel Guide

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Zaanse Schans Things to Do

  • De Kat Windmill

    This is De Kat Windmill, and it was first constructed in Zaandam between 1646 and 1696, but devasted by a fire in 1782. It was rebuilt again and some 200 years later it was taken apart and rebuilt again in Zaasnse Schan. De Kat Windmill creates pigments for traditional paint production from raw materials....

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  • De Huisman Windmill

    This is the Windmill De Huisman and it is a snuff mill that dates back to the year 1786. It is nowadays fixed on top of the spice warehouse Indië’s Welvaren that dates back to the year 1908. Both mills were built in Zaandam, close to each other, where they had to move in 1955, so they had been taken apart and rebuilt again in Zaanse...

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  • De Gekroonde Poelenburg

    De Gekroonde Poelenburg is the name of another windmill it is used as a sawmill. Once there used to be about 200 such windmills working in the Zaan area. That type of windmill is called Paltrok mill and it has an open working floor on three sides and mostly a dark, tar-covered body and the whole mill can be turned into the wind, as it stands on a...

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  • Museum Zaanse Tijd

    The Museum Zaanse Tijd is a clock-museum and it will take you through the history of Dutch timepieces all the way from tower clocks dating from the 16th-century to modern electric clocks. The exhibits of this museum include the pendulum clocks from the time of scientist Christiaan Huygens...

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  • The Bakery Museum from 1658

    This is the Bakery Museum ‘In de Gecroonde Duyvekater’ and this building dates back to the year 1658. At first it was just an ordinary house, but in 1753 it was turned into a bakery and the bakery-oven were used there untill 1956. In 1970 the house was taken apart and rebuilt in Zaanse Schans and is a museum-backery now, selling also bread,...

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  • Windmills

    The windmills on the banks of the Zaan River in the village of Zaanes Schans are authentic working windmills and provide wonderful photo opportunities.You are able to look inside three of the windmills for a small entrance charge (EUR3.00) and see them in operation. It is actually interesting to be so close to the arms (sails) and feel the rush as...

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  • 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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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

  • by bus to Zaanse Schans

    By bus to Zaanse Schans takes a bit more time from Amszerdam for instance, but it might take you to places that you might miss otherwise:Take bus 391 at Amsterdam Central Station, it departs every 15 minutes to Zaanse Schans. The journey takes about 40 minutes. http://www.bus391.nl/Daytickets for 10 euros are available for this bus - read more...

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  • by train to Zaanse Schans

    When you have a whole day to spend in Zaasnse Schans it makes sense to get there by public transport and the best option will be by train:it will take just 17 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station to Koog-Zaandijk, that is the closest trainstation to Zaanse Schaan. From there you have to walk about 15 minutes to the...

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  • Get to Zaanse Schans by bustour from...

    That is the way that I came to this place ! It was a halfday-trip of 4 hours organized by our river-cruiseship Arosa Silva and included a walk through Zaanse Schans and also some time in Edam. I am sure that such tours are also offered by various buscompanies, when you stay in a hotel in Amsterdam or surrounding cities.We were taken to the...

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Zaanse Schans Shopping

  • Clogs and other wooden things

    Klompen is the local word for the typical dutch type of wooden shoes / Clogs and you will be able to walk through a small museum there, you will be shown how the clogs are made within just a few minutes and you will be able to buy lots of souvenirs.-------------------------------------------This shop is open for visitors:Monday: 08:00 – 18:00Tue...

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  • CHEESE

    Catharina Hoeve is the name of one of the cheese-shops in the museum-village of Zaanse Schan. You will be able and welcome to step inside and take a look around, there is a bit of a museum and at certain times there might be some explanations given as well, but mainly it is a shop. They have cheese and mustard and some other specialities that...

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  • 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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Zaanse Schans Local Customs

  • How to make the Klompen / Clogs ?

    This was a funny and interesting thing to watch and on an ordinary day there will be lots of such shows made as soon as another group of people have arrived. It seems to me that no bustour-guide will ever skip this shop, they will direct you to see the show and will give you some 15 minutes to go shoping there before they will continue to the next...

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  • your children will love these giant...

    This giant Glog will be standing right in front of the Museum & shop for wooden shoes and you will be able to take a seat inside and have your photo taken that way.It was quite a busy place while we were there.There are also some other oversized wooden shoes close to it, like in my 2nd photo and there is a decoration made of various clogs as you...

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  • Mini-windmills on the Schans

    In smaller towns there were 1 or 2 windmills all over Europe in former centuries, BUT only in the Netherlands there were lots of windmills in each village and the simple reason for that is the fact that the windmills in the Netherlands were mainly used in order to pump the water out of the fields that are situated under the sea level and needed a...

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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.

    Police web page

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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

  • Some great villas between Zaanse Schan...

    We have passed by some really great villas / farmhouses in the traditional style, when driving from Zaanse Schan to Edam. Some of these former farmhouses had the high roof that was used in order to dry the hay inside.In my last picture: And another interesting fact about some villages that we drove through: when-ever there is a canal / gracht in...

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  • Edam is just about 20km from Zaanse...

    The small town of Edam is just about 20km from Zaanse Schan and it might be an interesting combination to go there as well, when you visit Zaanse Schan. Edam was the other place that was part of our halfdaytour that we took from Amsterdam and it was a surprise for me that Edam is just a small village with maybe 6000 inhabitants, although it gives...

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  • The Klompenmakerij - museum

    I put the Klompenmakerij - museum here under the places "off the beaten Path" because normally all the tourists will rush through this part of the shop in order to watch the show how they make the shoes.This excellent exhibition is next to the entrance of the shop and I found it very interesting to learn about the various types of Klompen /...

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Zaanse Schans Favorites

  • Zaanse Schans with kids

    The cheesemaking. We went last week to Zaanse Schans near Amsterdam. We had some luck with the weather cause it's all so open out there. First we wanted to go on Monday but good thing my wife checked www. dutchmills.eu , they gave the advice to stay home on Monday...it seems half of it is closed on Monday. The kids loved the clog-making, they want...

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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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Local Customs
De Bleeke Dood Windmill
Off The Beaten Path
De Ooijevaar Windmill
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What is the idea behind the wooden shoes/Clogs ?
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the village looks like the museum
Off The Beaten Path
The Wooden Shoe Workshop
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Bakkerij Museum
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De Zoeker
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Het Jonge Schaap
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De kat Molen
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Pewter Workshop
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Mill Museum
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Visit a HISTORIC WINDMILL
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Catharina Hoeve
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From Amsterdam Central Staion
Transportation
By car
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By train
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By bus
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Bakery Museum In de Gecroonde Duyvekater
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Mills to visite
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Oil Mill 'De Zoeker'
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Saw Mill 'De Gekroonde Poelenburg'
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Verfmolen De Kat Colour mill the cat
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ship's carpenter Schuitenmakerij
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The Museum of the Dutch Clock
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Museumshop Albert Heijn Grocery
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Museum 'het Noorderhuis'zaanse schans
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Mustard mill 'De Huisman' Zaanse Schans
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more cheese tasting and buying
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Tools Cheese farm 'Catharina Hoeve'
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Cheese farm 'Catharina Hoeve' Zaanse Schans
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workshop at wooden shoe museum
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highlights in wooden shoe museum
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wedding wooden shoes in wooden shoe museum
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Wooden Shoe-museum at Zaanse Schans
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information centre Zaanse Schans
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Zaans Museum / Information Centre
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'HERON'S'
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BOAT TRIP ON THE RIVER ZAAN
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RESTAURANT IN ZAANSE SCHANS
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