Typical Dutch countryside outside the capital. You’ll drive through a picture-perfect landscape crisscrossed with canals, see authentic wooden houses, windmills and fishing villages, and witness traditional crafts from days gone by. The picturesque village of Zaanse Schans is famous for its original buildings, vividly capturing Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries. You’ll see the historic shipyard and windmills, and pay a visit to a shoemaker who works with wood to watch his clog-making techniques first-hand. With its traditional houses, windmills, warehouses and workshops, the historic village of Zaanse Schans offers a preserved glimpse.
How to Visit
You can admire the outdoor portion of the Zaanse Schans without admission, but opening times and entrance prices vary at each of its museums, workshops, and windmills.
The Zaanse Schans is easy to reach from Amsterdam’s Central Station. A 15-minute train ride will take you to Koog-Zaandijk and it’s a 10-minute walk from the station. Just look for the windmills!
Things to do
- Wereld Museum
- De Zwaan (Erasmusbrug)
- Fenix Food Factory
- Foto Museum
- Cube Houses
- Mariteim Museum
- De Hef Bridge
- Amsterdam Central to Rotterdam Centraal in about 45 minutes (Fare €15)
- Rotterdam City Card (€12 for one day pass)
- Rotterdamse oogst and Swan Market (Local Street Market)
- Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge
- Water Taxi or Cruise Water Taxi Rotterdam Harbor Cruise - Spido (€13.25 Ticket for 75 minutes)
- Round trip to Kinderdijk by boat from Rotterdam (€17.50 fare for 4 hours)
- BINNENROTTE Market (Tuesday and Saturday Market)
- Witte Huis (“White House”), which was built in 1898 and with its 45 meters considered the first European Skyscraper.
- The Boompjes also offers a great view of both the Willemsbrug and the Erasmusbrug.
- The building De Rotterdam (head to the bar on the 7th floor for a great view of the city!)
- The historical Hotel New York – former main office of the Holland-America Line – and what used to be the departure point between 1873-1970, thousands of people left for the US by boat from Rotterdam. A great view of the skyline of Rotterdam.