Zaanse Schans: A Guide To Amsterdam’s Most Beautiful Village

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Zaanse Schans, located just a short distance from Amsterdam, is a picturesque village that offers visitors a delightful journey back in time. With its iconic traditional windmills, historic houses, and traditional crafts, Zaanse Schans provides a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the Netherlands. Loving Travel shows you the highlights, history, best dining options, and practical tips for visiting Zaanse Schans, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

The Best Things to Do in Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans boasts several notable Tourist attractions, including its iconic windmills, which are still in operation and offer guided tours. Visitors can explore traditional crafts, such as clog-making and cheese production, and admire the charming historic houses. The Zaans Museum is also worth a visit, providing insights into the industrial heritage of the area.

  • Photograph the mills: Zaanse Schans is famous for its well-preserved windmills, which are not only iconic structures but also operational ones. These working windmills provide guided tours and offer insights into traditional Dutch industries such as sawmilling, oil production, and spice grinding.
  • Museums and Galleries: Besides the Zaans Museum, Zaanse Schans is home to other museums and galleries that showcase various aspects of Dutch culture, including art, crafts, and historical artifacts.
  • Taste the flavors of the Zaanse Schans: Cheese, pancakes, breads and the most typical dishes are part of the village experience.
  • Scenic Walks: Simply strolling through the village itself is an attraction in its own right. Enjoy the picturesque streets lined with traditional houses, windmills, and canals. Take in the scenic beauty and soak up the nostalgic atmosphere of Zaanse Schans.
  • Gift Shops and Souvenirs: Zaanse Schans is filled with charming gift shops where you can find unique souvenirs, including traditional Dutch treats, handmade crafts, and iconic Dutch products such as Delftware.

Top tourist attractions in Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans is a treasure trove of tourist attractions that offer visitors a glimpse into Dutch history and culture. Here are some of the key attractions to explore:

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    Zaanse Schans Windmills

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    In total there are 8 windmills in Zaanse Schans. Not all of them are open to the public for visitation, as some still work today and help in the industrial production of some products in the village. Tickets for the windmills can be purchased on the spot, but are also included in the Zaanse Schans Card which allows you to visit numerous attractions in the village without having to buy each ticket individually.

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    Cheese farm Catharina Hoeve

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    The Cheese farm Catharina Hoeve in Zaanse Schans is a delightful destination that showcases the art of Dutch cheese making. This charming farm offers visitors a chance to witness the traditional cheese production process firsthand. As you step inside, you are greeted by the rich aroma of cheese, and the knowledgeable staff guide you through the various stages of cheese making, from milk processing to curdling and aging. You can observe the skilled craftsmen at work, and even participate in cheese tasting sessions to savor the delicious flavors of different varieties. The farm also houses a museum that provides insights into the history and significance of cheese in Dutch culture. A visit to Catharina Hoeve promises an authentic and immersive experience, allowing you to appreciate the craftsmanship behind this iconic Dutch delicacy.

    My tip: The day trip from Amsterdam takes you directly not only to the beautiful village Zaanse Schans, but also to a delicious cheese tasting at the Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm. A full day planned for you.

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    Weaver's House (Wevershuis)

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    Immerse yourself in the captivating world of traditional Dutch weaving at the Weaver’s House (Wevershuis) in Zaanse Schans. This meticulously preserved historic dwelling provides a mesmerizing window into the lives of weavers from the 18th and 19th centuries. Step inside, and be instantly transported back in time to an era where handloom weaving was integral to everyday existence. Adorned with authentic period furnishings, the house proudly showcases weaving equipment, looms, and exquisitely crafted textiles fashioned by skilled artisans. Witness live demonstrations of intricate weaving techniques, delving deeper into the artistry and craftsmanship involved. The Weaver’s House is a veritable treasure trove of Dutch textile heritage, inviting visitors to cherish the mastery, dexterity, and cultural significance of weaving in the Zaan region.

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    Wooden Shoe Workshop of Zaanse Schans

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    The Wooden Shoe Workshop at Zaanse Schans offers an authentic experience of traditional Dutch craftsmanship. Located in this picturesque village, the workshop is a hub of activity where skilled artisans create the iconic wooden shoes, known as clogs. Inside, you’ll discover the intricate process of crafting these footwear marvels, from carving the wooden blocks to hand-painting intricate designs. The free workshop provides a hands-on encounter with this centuries-old tradition, allowing visitors to witness the skill and precision required to produce these functional and artistic creations. The visit to the traditional Dutch shoe store is free of charge. Introductions to how clogs are made take place several times a day, last about 5 to 10 minutes and are also free. Immerse yourself in the rich history of wooden shoes, learn about their practical uses and cultural significance, and even have the opportunity to purchase a pair as a unique souvenir of your visit to Zaanse Schans.

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    Restaurant De Kraai

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    Nestled in the heart of Zaanse Schans, Restaurant De Kraai invites guests to a culinary haven where delicious flavors and warm hospitality converge. This charming restaurant exudes a cozy ambiance, making it an ideal spot to savor a delightful meal. De Kraai is renowned for its mouthwatering Dutch pancakes, featuring both savory and sweet fillings. Indulge in these delectable treats, ranging from classic options like bacon and cheese to delightful sweet variations with fresh fruits and syrup. Whether you’re seeking a hearty lunch or a satisfying dessert, the Dutch pancakes at Restaurant De Kraai are sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you with a truly memorable dining experience.

How to get from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans?

Getting to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam is easy and offers multiple transportation options.  Whichever mode of transportation you choose, the journey from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans is relatively short, allowing you to easily explore this charming village and immerse yourself in its rich cultural heritage. Here are some ways to reach this picturesque village:

  • Train: Take a train from Amsterdam Central Station to Zaandijk-Zaanse Schans station. Trains run frequently, and the journey takes around 17 minutes. From the station, it’s a short walk of approximately 15 minutes to Zaanse Schans. You can book the day and time of departure and return. The train ticket price is around 12-15 Euros.

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  • Bus: A line bus (391) leaves from the bus platform inside Amsterdam Central Station and goes to the village Zaanse Schans and on to Zaanstreek. The bus runs every 15 minutes. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes and conveniently stops right next to the entrance to Zaanse Schans. The bus ticket is valid for one day and is valid for the return and also for transit between the two stops of the line (Zaanse Schans & Zaanstreek). The price of a day ticket is around 12 Euros.

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  • Guided Tours:  There are several day trips from Amsterdam that take visitors comfortably by tourist bus to the village of Zaanse Schans. In addition to being a much more comfortable bus with a departure time, the excursions also include other activities and the accompaniment of a tour guide who tells you all about the history and importance of Zaanse Schans. We recommend this one-day excursion which, in addition to round-trip transportation, also includes cheese tasting and a visit to the traditional shoe factory, accompanied by a guide in English, German, or Spanish.

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  • Bicycle: For those who enjoy cycling, renting a bike in Amsterdam and riding to Zaanse Schans is a scenic and leisurely option. The route takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour, depending on your pace.

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Best Tours from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans


A guided tour to Zaanse Schans is an excellent way to explore this enchanting village while benefiting from the expertise of a knowledgeable guide. These tours offer convenient transportation from Amsterdam and provide insightful commentary, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the history and culture of Zaanse Schans. Here are some options for guided tours to Zaanse Schans:

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Visit to Wooden Shoe Factory

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Top tips for visiting Zaanse Schans

By following our tips, you can enhance your visit to Zaanse Schans and create lasting memories of this enchanting village and its cultural treasures. When visiting Zaanse Schans, consider the following tips to make the most of your experience:

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Arrive early in the village of the mills

Zaanse Schans can get crowded, especially during peak tourist seasons. Arriving early in the day allows you to explore the village with fewer crowds and provides ample time to visit attractions before it gets busier. In addition, most tourist attractions are only open until 6 pm. Try to arrive around 10 am to have time to visit all the attractions.

Take advantage of the Zaanse Schans Card

If you want to visit the windmills in the village, as well as the museums, know that all entrances are included in the Zaanse Schans Card. Fast, convenient, and budget-friendly.

Explore Zaanse Schans by foot

Wear Comfortable Shoes! Zaanse Schans is best explored on foot. Ensure you wear comfortable walking shoes to navigate the village’s cobblestone streets and make the most of your visit. Most attractions are within a 2 km radius.

Check Windmill Opening Hours

If you wish to explore the interior of the windmills, check their opening hours in advance. Each windmill may have different visiting times and guided tour schedules.

Opt for a Tour Guide

Consider joining a guided tour to gain deeper insights into the history and culture of Zaanse Schans. Guided tours often offer informative commentary, ensuring you don’t miss any significant details. In addition, the price of day trips is great considering the value of bus transportation and the attractions included.

Visit the Village Museums

Zaanse Schans is home to several museums that provide fascinating insights into Dutch traditions and crafts. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore these museums and learn more about the region’s rich cultural heritage.

Try Dutch Pancakes

Treat yourself to traditional Dutch pancakes at one of the charming restaurants or pancake houses in Zaanse Schans. These delicious delights, both savory and sweet, are a must-try culinary experience.

Capture the Scenic Beauty

Zaanse Schans offers countless picture-perfect moments. Don’t forget to bring your camera or smartphone to capture the charming windmills, historic houses, and beautiful landscapes.

Visit on Weekdays

If possible, plan your visit to Zaanse Schans on weekdays. It tends to be less crowded than weekends, allowing for a more peaceful and relaxed experience.

Where to Eat and Drink in Zaanse Schans

Although very popular, the village does not offer numerous restaurants, cafés and bars. The opening hours of the gastronomic establishments are quite varied. It’s worth checking where you want to eat and sticking to the timetable. We have selected some of the best restaurants located within walking distance of the main attractions in Zaanse Schans.

  1. 01 De Hoop op d'Swarte Walvis

    Situated in a historic building, this restaurant offers a unique dining experience. Enjoy a delightful selection of seafood dishes prepared with fresh ingredients while taking in the picturesque views of the Zaan River.

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    02 Restaurant De Kraai

    Nestled in the heart of Zaanse Schans, Restaurant De Kraai invites guests to a culinary haven where delicious flavors and warm hospitality converge. This charming restaurant exudes a cozy ambiance, making it an ideal spot to savor a delightful meal. De Kraai is renowned for its mouthwatering Dutch pancakes, featuring both savory and sweet fillings. Indulge in these delectable treats, ranging from classic options like bacon and cheese to delightful sweet variations with fresh fruits and syrup. Whether you’re seeking a hearty lunch or a satisfying dessert, the Dutch pancakes at Restaurant De Kraai are sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you with a truly memorable dining experience.

  3. 03 De Tweekoppige Phoenix

    The distiller of the Zaan Schans region! In this café and liquor store in De Zaanse Schans you can find exclusive Zaan liqueurs and distillates made in the local distillery. Besides being able to find a special and unique gift for your family and friends, you also have the possibility to have a coffee and a quick and typical Dutch meal.

    Distillery Coffee prides itself on working with authentic recipes that have been passed down from father to son for three generations. Not only do the products have a unique taste and character and are 100% Zaans, but you can also pair Dutch liqueurs and whisky with delicious recipes of cakes, sandwiches, soups. Stop by the café in Schans and taste it for yourself!

  4. 04 Restaurant & Bar Diga

    Restaurant & Bar Diga in Zaanse Schans offers a delightful dining experience with a fusion of traditional Dutch flavors and contemporary culinary techniques. With a warm and inviting atmosphere, this popular establishment serves up a diverse menu featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients. From appetizers to mouthwatering main courses and decadent desserts, each dish is crafted to perfection. The bar boasts an impressive selection of wines, spirits, and cocktails. Whether you’re looking for a casual meal or a special occasion, Restaurant & Bar Diga provides excellent service and a memorable culinary journey in the heart of Zaanse Schans.

  5. 05 Slager aan de Schans

    Slager aan de Schans is a delightful restaurant nestled in the picturesque town of Zaandijk, near Zaanse Schans. With a focus on high-quality cuisine and a cozy, inviting ambiance, it offers a memorable dining experience.

    The restaurant’s specialty lies in its superb meat dishes, sourced from local suppliers to ensure freshness and exceptional taste. From tender steaks and juicy ribs to gourmet burgers and traditional Dutch specialties, the menu caters to meat lovers with a wide range of mouthwatering options. Each dish is expertly prepared by skilled chefs who take pride in delivering culinary perfection.

    Stepping inside Slager aan de Schans, you’ll be greeted by a warm and rustic atmosphere that blends contemporary design with traditional elements. The cozy interior creates an intimate setting, perfect for a romantic dinner or a gathering with friends and family.

    The dedicated and friendly staff adds to the charm of the restaurant, providing attentive service and culinary recommendations. Their passion for gastronomy shines through as they guide you through the menu and ensure a delightful dining experience.

    Located in Zaandijk, Slager aan de Schans offers a convenient stop for a delicious meal after exploring the nearby attractions. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, this restaurant promises an unforgettable culinary journey, celebrating the art of exceptional meat cuisine in a charming setting.

How to save money in Zaanse Schans

There are many tourist attractions in Zaanse Schans. The vast majority of these attractions are paid, so it is worth securing the Zaanse Schans Card.

  • Adults: € 29,50
  • Children aged 4 to 17 years: €20
  • Children aged 0 to 3 years: free

Buy Zaanse Schans Card

What the Zaanse Schans Card offers:

With only 30 euros you have 100% of the attractions below included:

  • Zaans Museum Entrance
  • Entrance to World of Windmills and two windmills of choice
  • Verkade Chocolate and Biscuit Factory Entrance
  • Weaver’s House Entrance
  • Coopery Entrance
  • Museum Zaan Time Entrance
  • De Kat paint mill Entrance fee
  • Het Jonge Schaap saw mill entrance fee
  • Museum Zaanse Tijd Entrance fee
  • Discount on parking ticket, parking with the Zaanse Schans Card costs only €9

Save money in Zaanse Schans and Amsterdam

Zaanse Schans: A Guide To Amsterdam’s Most Beautiful VillageHowever, the most amazing thing is that the Zaanse Schans Card is part of the list of attractions of the main Amsterdam City Cards. Besides saving money in Amsterdam, you can also save money in Zaanse Schans. The Zaanse Schans Card is included in the I Amsterdam Card, the Amsterdam Explorer Pass, and the Amsterdam All-Inclusive.

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A Day in Zaanse Schans: An Itinerary to Explore the Village by Foot

A day in Zaanse Schans offers a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in Dutch heritage and experience the charm of the village. Here’s an itinerary that allows you to explore the best attractions in Zaanse Schans by foot:

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  • Start your day by visiting the Zaans Museum, located near the entrance of Zaanse Schans. Discover the region’s industrial past, traditional crafts, and the history of windmills through interactive exhibits and displays.
  • After the museum, head towards the iconic windmills. Explore the outdoor museum area and take a leisurely walk along the banks of the Zaan River, admiring the picturesque scenery and the stunning sight of the windmills.
  • Visit the working windmills such as De Huisman or De Gekroonde Poelenburg, where you can witness the machinery in action and learn about the milling processes. Guided tours inside the windmills offer fascinating insights into their history and significance.


  • Lunch at De Hoop op d’Swarte Walvis: De Hoop op d’Swarte Walvis is a charming restaurant located in the heart of Zaanse Schans. Housed in a historic building, this establishment offers a unique dining experience with a blend of delicious cuisine and picturesque views. The restaurant’s interior combines rustic elements with contemporary touches, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. De Hoop op d’Swarte Walvis specializes in seafood dishes, serving up fresh and flavorful creations that highlight the finest ingredients. Whether you’re craving succulent fish, delectable shellfish, or savory seafood platters, this restaurant has something to satisfy every seafood lover’s palate. With its scenic riverside location, attentive service, and culinary excellence, De Hoop op d’Swarte Walvis is a delightful choice for a memorable dining experience in Zaanse Schans.


Explore the charming traditional houses and workshops in the village. Visit the Weaver’s House (Wevershuis) or the Cooperage (Kuiperij), where you can learn about traditional crafts and witness demonstrations by skilled artisans.

  • Indulge in some shopping at the souvenir and craft shops in Zaanse Schans. You’ll find a wide range of handmade items, Dutch souvenirs, and local products to take home as mementos.
  • Take a leisurely stroll through the quaint streets of Zaanse Schans, enjoying the architecture and peaceful atmosphere. Capture picturesque moments of the windmills, canals, and traditional houses along the way.

Late Afternoon/Evening:

  • End your day with a visit to a local restaurant or café, such as Restaurant De Kraai or Pancake Bakery De Kraai, to sample traditional Dutch cuisine or indulge in delicious pancakes.
  • If time permits, venture beyond Zaanse Schans and explore nearby attractions. Consider visiting the historic town of Zaandijk, with its charming streets and unique architecture, or take a boat tour along the Zaan River to discover more of the surrounding area.

Remember to wear comfortable shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring a map or use a navigation app to help you navigate through Zaanse Schans.

This itinerary allows you to experience the best of Zaanse Schans at a leisurely pace, immersing yourself in its cultural heritage, scenic landscapes, and traditional crafts, all within walking distance. Enjoy your day in Zaanse Schans!

The most frequently asked questions about Zaanse Schans

What is the entrance fee for Zaanse Schans?

Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum and does not charge an entrance fee. However, some attractions within Zaanse Schans may have individual admission fees.

Can you go inside the windmills at Zaanse Schans?

Yes, some windmills at Zaanse Schans are open to the public. You can explore the interior of these working windmills and learn about their history and operation through guided tours.

How do I get to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam?

The easiest way to reach Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam is by taking a train from Amsterdam Central Station to Zaandijk-Zaanse Schans station, but you have to walk almost 15 minutos from the station to get in the Village. You can also opt for a guided day trip with a bus or even a line bus without a guide. You can even get there by bike from Amsterdam.

What are the opening hours of Zaanse Schans?

Zaanse Schans is open year-round, and the outdoor museum area is accessible 24/7. However, specific attractions, shops, and museums within Zaanse Schans may have varying opening hours. Most attractions are open between 9 a.m. and until 5 p.m. It’s best to check their individual websites for accurate information.

Are pets allowed in Zaanse Schans?

Yes, well-behaved pets are generally allowed in the outdoor areas of Zaanse Schans. However, it’s recommended to keep them on a leash and clean up after them to maintain the cleanliness and comfort of the surroundings.

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