Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans


Wooden houses, barns, shops and windmills from the 18th and 19th centuries

Zaandam - Welcome, Welkom, Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Bienvenidos, Benvenuti and then presumably the same message in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Visitors from all over the world come to the Zaanse Schans, a typical piece of "primeval Holland" in Zaandam. For us, a visit during a rainy afternoon turns out surprisingly well. Relatively few tourists and very beautiful Dutch skies!

First industrial area

Prior to the steam era, the Zaanse Schans was one of the first industrial areas in the Netherlands in the 18th century. In its heyday, there were 500 mills here in North Holland, varying from paint mills to saw mills. At the time, very modern living and working were combined in the Zaan region.

Although the windmills of the Zaanse Schans are all historical, they were not originally located here. In order to preserve the heritage, the various buildings and mills have been relocated since 1961 to this location on the Zaan and what is now the picturesque Zaanse Schans.
There is still industry in the area. During our visit we were 'welcomed' by a rather nasty roasted cocoa bean smell.

Zaanse Schans photo gallery

Zaandam trips in the area

    Adress and visitor information

    Zaanse Schans

    Address: Schansend 7
    Postal code and City: 1509 AW  Zaandam
    Province/Region: Noord-Holland

    Visit: An average visits takes approx. 2 hours.
    The Zaanse Schans is easily accessible by public transport. The journey by bus from Amsterdam CS takes approx. 40 minutes. Faster is by train from Amsterdam. The nearest train station is Zaandijk - Zaanse Schans. The journey with the slow train from Amsterdam CS station takes just 17 minutes. The station is within walking distance of the Zaanse Schans. You can also go by car, but parking is limited and quite expensive because you always have to buy a day ticket. Do you want to go Dutch? Come by bike or take the boat from Amsterdam (approx. 2 hours sailing). The Zaanse Schans is public accessible, so you can walk around freely.

    Let op: The locations on the map are indicational. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route. The map shows up to 8 locations in the area. Want to see all locations? Check our Hotspot map or use the Search option on this website.



    Full moon

    Zaanse Schans Windmills

    • De Huisman
      Spice mill
    • De Gekroonde Poelenburg
      Saw mill
    • De Kat
      Paint mill
    • De Zoeker
      Oil mill
    • Het Jonge Schaap
      Saw mill
    • De Os
      Oil mill
    • Het Klaverblad
      Saw mill
    • De Bonte Hen
      Oil mill
    • De Ooievaar
      Oil mill
    • De Bleke Dood
      Flour mill

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