Zaanse Schans is a sight near Zaandijk with a collection of historic windmills and houses. The houses are from the Zaanstreek and were moved to the museum in the seventies. The area attracts about 900.000 visitors yearly.
Zaanse Schans history: The name Zaanse Schans is derived from a sconce that was built in 1574 to resist attacks from Spanish troops. Between 1961 and 1974 many old buildings and some windmills were moved to this area. Only a couple of buildings originally were built at the location.
Zaanse Schans sightseeing: There are many windmills in the Zaanse Schans, but also old shops, a bakery and shipyard. The museum is located next to Zaanse Schans. Further the Zaanse Schans has a restaurant and hotel and you could take a 50 minute river cruise if you want to relax while looking around in the Zaanse Schans.
Historical buildings of the Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans admission: The entrance fee for the Zaans Museum and Pavilion is for adults €9,- and children (4-17 years) €5,-. Windmills for adults €3,- and children (6–12 years) €1,50. Bakery Museum for adults €1,- and children (4-11 years) €0,50. Museum the Dutch Clock for adults €8,-, children (up to 12 years) €4,- and children (13-17 years) €6,-. Boat trip for adults €6,- and children (up to 12 years) €3,-. Discount for some sights is possible with Museum annual season ticket, HollandPass, I-Amsterdam pass or groups from at least 10 people. Zaanse Schans opening hours: November 1st – March 20th: 08:30 – 17:00. March 21st – November 1st: 08:00 – 19:30 (July and August till 20:00).
How to get to Zaanse Schans: By car: from Amsterdam take first A10, then follow A8 and A7 to Purmerend. Take exit 2 and follow the signs ‘Zaanse Schans’. From Alkmaar take A9 and take at exit 10 the N203 in the direction Wormerveer/Zaandam. Follow the signs ‘Zaanse Schans’. Parking costs €7,50 a car. Busses/coaches €13,-. Public transport: fastest (35 minutes) is to take the sprinter train from Amsterdam Centraal Station to Uitgeest. Get out at Koog-Zaandijk. From there follow the signs during a 20 minute walk. By bus from Amsterdam it’s 50 minutes. At Amsterdam CS Bus Oost take bus 391 to Zaandam. Get out at stop ‘Zaanse Schans’. You can also plan your trip here and read more about using public transport here.
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Zaanse Schans map
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