This picturesque dutch village is a treat to eyes and toddlers adore this place. The Zaanse (Zaan river) Schans (sconce) is full of green wooden houses, windmills, barns and workshops. From 1961 to 1974, wooden houses and windmills were transported to Zaanse Schans in order to recreate Dutch history. It gives visitors a taste of traditional Dutch country life away from the hustle and bustle of the major cities. It is major attraction to the tourist travelling to Amsterdam for a day trip and kids find it straight from the story book.
How to reach
You need to reach Amsterdam first
You can reach Zaanse Schans by both train and bus
Bus – The Rnet-bus 391 runs from Amsterdam Central Station every fifteen minutes to the Zaanse Schans. The trip takes forty minutes. For more information: www.bus391.nl.
Train – The nearest railway station is Zaandijk – Zaanse Schans. This station can be reached by local train from Amsterdam Central Station in 17 minutes. Subsequently walk to the Zaanse Schans in 15 minutes.
Organized Tours – This is another great to visit Zaanse Schans is to opt for an organised tour.A professional tour guide will aid you throughout your excursion for a better understanding of the place. This tour is generally combined with our villages tour as well.
The cost, timing of the tour depends on the route chosen.
Things to do
- Wooden shoes Workshop – This is the most famous attraction here. you might have seen several pictures of this place with big yellow wooden shoes. This is the best picture spot.The entry to this workshop is free. You can read about history of clogs and experience the clog making process. It also has huge souvenir collections. If interested you can buy clogs of your size.
- Stroll through this dutch village – ENjoy the calmness and beauty of this old historic dutch village surrounded by windmills, green wooden houses and Zaan river. It is interesting to know people still lives in those wooden houses here
- Visit Museum and working windmill – It has got many museums. Few of them are free. Find the ticket prices of museum and working windmills here . Also refer this link
- Cruise the river – You can admire this beautiful village by cruising the river. They also have hop on hop off cruise to visit various windmills.
- Cheese tasting – Who doesn’t like free cheese? They will demonstrate the cheese making process and you can taste free cheese here
- Buy Souvenir – Take little bit of dutch to your home. You won’t be able to resist beautiful display of wide variety of souvenirs. Small wooden display, fridge magnet is a must pick
Find the opening timings of major attraction here
Few other information :
- Best time to visit – Spring as the whole village is blooming with flowers. But it will be crowded also.
- Currency: Euro
- Languages: Dutch, English. As its tourist place, English is commonly spoken here.
- Ideal for – Toddlers, Couples, Family, and short trip.
- Visa (For non-EU residents/passports): Schengen tourist visa or the Greek tourist visa. Check with your local Netherlands embassy. They promote tourism so visa generally doesn’t get rejected.
- Stay : The only option to stay here is Bed and breakfast
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