Step back in time to the old Dutch world of windmills and chocolate.
Pay a visit to the historic village of Zaanse Schans, and be transported to Dutch life as it was during the 18th and 19th centuries. A unique part of the Netherlands, the Zaanse Schans is a world of wooden houses, windmills and workshops. A 15-minute train ride to Koog-Zandijk from Amsterdam Centraal (and a 10-minute walk from there), it’s the perfect day trip.
Start your visit in the Zaans Museum, and collect your Zaanse Schans Card at the museum’s information desk. Dream away to the days of old at the museum’s many exhibitions on what life was like in the Zaans district. The museum also houses a beautiful collection of regional costumes, Zaans-painted furniture and objects from true Zaans homes. There’s also a plethora of paintings, ship models and even traces of the disappeared whaling industry. But beyond the objects, the Zaans Museum reveals the hard work and no-nonsense mentality of the people that lived there. Explore the stories of the people, their lives, and the industrial heritage of Zaanse Schans. Before you leave, climb to the top floor for a stunning view of the Zaanse Schans windmills.
After hours wandering through the museum, it’s time for a snack. And not just any snack, but some heritage chocolate from the Verkade factory. Also included in your Zaanse Schans card is admission to the Verkade Experience. Learn about the history of the Zaanse food industry, and even create a wrapper for your very own chocolate bar. Afterwards, it’s time to check out the Zaanse Schans windmills. Wander amongst the mills and the wooden farmhouses that are now famous in the unique meadow landscape of Zaanse Schans.
Zaanse Schans is a delight for souvenir lovers. Take home a miniature windmill, a slice of Dutch cheese, or a block of Verkade chocolate (or two). Souvenirs aside, Zaanse Schans offers visitors the opportunity to take the most ‘Dutch’ photos of their trip to the Netherlands. Experience the village charm of Zaanse Schans and its windmills in real life and immortalize its beauty on film, too.
Schansend 7 1509 AW ZaandamOpening hours:
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