The Zaanse Schans

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The Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans is a fully inhabited, open-air conservation area and museum located just a few miles north of Amsterdam. Hereyou can get a vivid impression of the Dutch way of life in the 17th and 18th centuries. The area consist of authentic houses, a historic shipyard, a pewter factory, a cheese and dairy farm, a age-old grocery store, clog-making demonstrations, and above all, lots of windmills.

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Just a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans gives a glimpse of the traditional Dutch way of life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Packed with wooden windmills, barns, houses and museums built in the typical Dutch wooden architectural style, the buildings in the area are all authentic - relocated here piece by piece since 1961.

  • Experience the traditional way of living in Holland during the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Take a walk and explore the authentic Dutch wooden houses, windmills, barns and the unique peat mead-ow landscapes
  • Learn about traditional crafts such as clog and cheese making, or take a boat trip and enjoy the idyllic views of Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans is a fully inhabited, open-air conservation area and museum located just a few miles north of Amsterdam. Here you can get a vivid impression of the Dutch way of life in the 17th and 18th centuries. The area consist of authentic houses, a historic shipyard, a pewter factory, a cheese and dairy farm, an age-old grocery store, clog-making demonstrations, and above all, lots of windmills.

First Industrial Site in the World

Some 250 years ago, well over 600 windmills were cramped into this relatively small area. Together they formed the first industrial site in the world. They performed a wide range of industrial duties, such as producing shelves, paint, mustard, oil and paper. Today the mills offer wonderful views, best seen from a boat tour on the Zaan river. You can also visit three of these age-old mills and have a look inside.

Explore the Zaanse Schans

It can’t get more Dutch than at Zaanse Schans. Most Dutch icons, such as clogs, mills and cheese, are represented here. This presentation of Dutch life attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. You won’t be disappointed!

Spend the night near the Zaanse Schans

Would you like to stay in the gorgeous area around De Zaanse Schans? You can! We have a broad range of great hotels and bed and breakfasts for you.

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