Zaanse Schans, Zaandam

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At Zaanse Schans, tour a recreated historical Dutch village filled with wooden houses and iconic windmills. An important stop along the European Route of Industrial Heritage, this open-air museum hosts 900,000 tourists every year. Its 35 wooden homes were brought from surrounding villages to the museum in the 1970s. The well-preserved windmills, which have become a symbol of the Netherlands, date back to the 17th and 18th centuries and each have their own distinct names. Walk through the buildings, stop into the shops and restaurants, take a scenic boat ride, or watch traditional Dutch craft-making during your visit. Put Zaanse Schans on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Zaandam trip site.
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  • I am glad that we visited Zaanse Schans but I have to say that it was disappointing with only one windmill available to visit (and a second available only to tours). As others have commented, the... 
    I am glad that we visited Zaanse Schans but I have to say that it was disappointing with only one windmill available to visit (and a second available only to tours). As others have commented, the...  more »
  • A lovely place to spend a day out of the city when the weather is nice. However, the place is too “commercial”, closes at an unreasonably early hour (5 pm), and the restaurant food is mediocre at... 
    A lovely place to spend a day out of the city when the weather is nice. However, the place is too “commercial”, closes at an unreasonably early hour (5 pm), and the restaurant food is mediocre at...  more »

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