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. With its wooden houses, windmills and workshops the Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands. From Amsterdam Central it's just a 18-minute train ride to Zaanse Schans (and a 18-minute walk from there to the Zaans Museum), so 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. The museum 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.
Fancy some chocolate? Try some heritage chocolate at the Verkade Experience. The admission is also included in your Zaanse Schans card. Create a wrapper for your very own chocolate bar en learn about the history of the Verkade factory and the Zaanse food industry. Afterwards, it’s time to check out the Zaanse Schans windmills. Wander amongst the famous mills and wooden farmhouses in the unique meadow landscape of Zaanse Schans.
Zaanse Schans is a delight for souvenir lovers. Take home a miniature windmill, a wheel of Dutch cheese, or a Verkade chocolate bar (or two). Or grab your camera and capture the typical Dutch landscapes as a souvenir. 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:
10.00am – 5.00pm, dailyLocation: