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Zaanse schans (wind mills)

Zaanse Schans is one of the highlights of the Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam. Be part of a vibrant and stunning living and working community that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s packed with wooden windmills, barns, houses and museums and built in the typically Dutch wooden architectural style, relocated here piece by piece since 1961. Zaanse Schans will easily fill half a day – there is so much to see, taste, smell and experience! Take a walk through the stunning buildings and the unique peat meadow landscape. Come and watch traditional crafts such as clog- and cheese-making or visit the windmills and traditional buildings. Take a boat trip, dine in one of the restaurants or explore the shops and boutiques. Admission to Zaanse Schans is free of charge: we look forward to seeing you soon!

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How to get there

Zaanse Schans is a stone’s throw from Amsterdam, where there is so much to do. It could not be easier to reach. By bus, train, car or bicycle.


From Amsterdam Central Station, Connexxion bus 391 departs every hour to Zaanse Schans. The journey takes 40 minutes. The bus passes through Zaandam Kogerveld train station.


The nearest station is Koog-Zaandijk. The train from Amsterdam Central Station takes 17 minutes. Zaanse Schans is just a 15-minute walk away.

Cars and parking

Set your Satnav to Schansend 7, Zaandam. From Amsterdam, take the A8 in the direction of Zaanstad/Purmerend, Purmerend A7 exit. From Alkmaar: in the direction of Wormerveer/Zaandam. In both cases, follow the signs to Zaanse Schans. Parking costs € 7.50 for a day ticket. However, parking up to 30 minutes costs only € 1. The price for tour coaches is € 13.