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
- Many companies run day tours to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam, but it is also possible to visit on your own as I did. Take the 391 bus from Amsterdam Central Station, which leaves twice hourly, to Zaanse Schans. Tickets can be purchased for €7 round trip.
- De Kraai Pancake Restaurant - Indulge in a Dutch Pancake
- The Cheese Farm De Catherinahoeve also conducts free cheese making demonstrations throughout the day and is open daily from 8am – 6pm.
- Visit a working wind mill. Visits to the village of Zaanse Schans are free, but each windmill has an admission of €3. Or purchase the Zaanse Schans Card for €15 per adult at the Zaanse Schans Museum, which includes admission to the Dutch Clock and Watch Museum, the Zaanse Schans Museum, and a visit to one of the windmills.
- Zaanse Schans Clog Workshop is dedicated to an interesting Wooden Shoe Museum where you can see clog roller skates, betrothal clogs, and many other unique clogs. Free clog making demonstrations take place regularly throughout the day and the shop boasts the largest selection of clogs in all colors and sizes in The Netherlands. Be sure to try on a pair and see what it feels like to clomp around in your klompen.