Zaanse Schans Travel Guide
Sceneries at the Zaanse Schans
Windmills, wooden shoe factory, free cheese samples
In a nutshell
A good easy sight from Amsterdam to see Windmills
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
vThe Mill museum gives an image of the rise and downfall of the mill industry. The collection shows models of oil mills, paper, peel and sawmills. It is also made clear how the miller, his servants and cabin boys worked day and night when the wind was blowing.El museo Molino...
Visit a HISTORIC WINDMILL
The Windmill that I visited was called DE KAT (the cat), located on the Kalverringdijk (Zaanse Schans) in Zaandam.The mill “de Kat”, is now an octagonal scaffolding-mill, since the partial rebuilding in 1960 to fit it up as paint-mill. The original mill was used for sifting...
Catharina Hoeve is a cheesefarm that is visble for the public. In the entrance you can see how the cheese is made and in the rest of the building you can buy and sample all kinds of local cheeses and other Dutch products. And you can also get something to eat here, like a...
Bakery Museum In de Gecroonde Duyvekater
'In de Gecroonde Duyvekater' dating from 1658 houses a baker’s shop with a 19th century interior, a bakery with an authentic oven and living accommodation. The shop and the bakery form a surprisingly intimate bakery museum. The name of the museum originates from a famous...
Mills to visite
the first houtzaagmolen de gekroonde poelenburg . saw mill.secondverfmolen de kat dye millthirdoliemolen de zoeker.oil mill.another oil mill you can visite (not on picture further away)oliemolen de bonte hen oil millkalverringdijk 39Entrance mills eachAdults € 3,- Childern 6...
Oil Mill 'De Zoeker'
Oil Mill 'De Zoeker' was built in 1672 in the Westzijderveld in Zaandijk. It is believed that the mill saw 62 heavy years of service as a polder drainage mill. 'De Zoeker' was used as an oil mill for a long time but ik was rebuilt as a paint mill in 1891. Ten years later it...
Saw Mill 'De Gekroonde Poelenburg'
De Gekroonde Poelenburgsawmill build in 1868 in the Westerzijderveld named the Locomotief/ Locomotive.in 1904 placed to the Oosterzijderveld as replacement for the burned mill Poelenburg.In 1961 broken down and rebuild on the wharf from the in 1928 burned Pelmolen/ mill De...
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...
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...
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...
From Amsterdam There is an excellent bus service operating from Amsterdam Central Station direct to the Zaanse Schans. Bus 91 leaves Amsterdam Central Station twice hourly and stops at the St. Michael College next to the Zaans Museum and Zaanse Schans. Think a single ticket...
Pickpockets / Fake police
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
Updated Feb 5, 2011
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...
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