One of the most popular attractions in the Netherlands, Zaanse Schans is a small Dutch village, north of Amsterdam, where there are still many houses with traditional architecture, windmills, workshops and warehouses. Many houses in the village today are museums and souvenir shops, but there are still many residences of local residents. There you will also find chocolate shops and a cheese shop with free tasting. You can also visit the interior of some windmills.
When to go
Zaanse Schans can be visited all year round, but it is much more interesting on clear, rainless days. It is the ideal place for pictures of windmills and typical Dutch countryside. The entire outside of Zaanse Schans can be visited free of charge. There is an entrance fee for the mills and museums, parking is also paid.
How to get to Zaanse Schans
You can go to Zaanse Schans by public transport. From Amsterdam, the easiest way is to take the 391 bus from Conexxion, at Centraal Station. Departures are every 30 minutes, usually on platform C, but be aware that sometimes there is a change of platform. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes and the stop is directly in front of the village entrance. You can’t go wrong.