Your visit to Holland would not be complete without visiting the picturesque Dutch countryside. The Zaanse Schans, a typically Dutch small village with green-timbered houses and historical windmills, is located just outside Amsterdam. You will definitely enjoy visiting it!
Zaanse Schans Tours from Amsterdam
Taking a tour to the Zaanse Schans is a good idea, especially if you want to combine it with a visit to Volendam, Marken and other traditional Dutch villages. Check different countryside & windmills tours (from € 59) and pick the one that suits you best.
Reservation is required. The tours are popular, so we recommend to book the tours online at least 2-3 days in advance. Book now >>
Attractions of the Zaanse Schans
The village of the Zaanse Schans is the world famous for its collection of historic windmills. Many of them are not just heritage, but still fully-operating wooden machines. You can visit windmills and see it yourself how they are used for making spices, sawing wood, grinding oil and much more. Very impressive! You are also welcome to visit numerous small museums and craft demonstrations. During the high season you can take a boat and explore the area from the water side. A truly Dutch experience! The Zaanse Schans also hosts numerous craft, cheese and chocolate shops where you can buy great souvenirs to take home.
Opening times at the Zaanse Schans
The village itself is open to visits any time of the day and the year. However different attactions’ opening hours differ depending on the season. In the high season (from April to November) almost everything is open between 10.00 and 17.00. But in the low season it is different. We recommend you to check opening hours online before you go to visit the Zaanse Schans.
Admission Prices to the Zaanse Schans
Most of museums and craft demonstrations, as well as several windmills can be visited free of charge. And still for some of the attractions you have to pay. Well, and entrance to the village itself is totally free.
How long will it take to visit the Zaanse Schans
The Zaanse Schans will easily fill half a day. Keep in mind that the village is located close to the water, and the weather will most probably be windy. Taking some warm clothes (gloves, shawls, scarfs) will make your visit to the Zaanse Schans more comfortable.
How to get to the Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans is located just 16,5 km away from Amsterdam. You can get there by car, bicycle or public transport.
How to get to the Zaanse Schans by car
Navigation address: Schansend 7, 1509 AW, Zaandam. Parking costs €10 per day for cars. It is not possible to pay with cash, only with card.
It is possible to park with motor homes near the Zaanse Schans, the address of the parking place is Wezelstraat 12, 1541 LZ, Koog aan de Zaan .
How to get to the Zaanse Schans by bus
Take Connexxion bus 391 from Amsterdam Central Station to Zaanse Schans. It departs every 15 minutes. The journey takes 40 minutes and costs 5 EUR one-way or 10 EUR for the day ticket. The tickets can be purchased from the bus driver. Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket is also valid in this bus.
How to get to the Zaanse Schans by train
Take a Sprinter to Zaandijk Zaanse Schans station. The train journey from Amsterdam Central Station takes only 17 minutes, and costs 3,20 EUR one-way (buy tickets online >>). Zaanse Schans is just a 10-minute walk from the station. You will see numerous direction signs as soon as you leave the station.
Is it possible to visit the Zaanse Schans and Volendam in one day?
In general, yes. But if you look at the map you can see these two villages are located in the different directions from Amsterdam. A direct bus 817 between the Zaanse Schans and Volendam operates only in July and August. If you come during a different season, you will need to travel via Amsterdam which will take more than an hour. We recommend you to join a bus tour to the Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken and travel with more comfort.
Update: in 2019 there is a Hop-on-hop-off bus to Zaanse Schans, Edam & Volendam (€ 28), which is a great option if you want to see the most spectacular Dutch villages in one day.
Enjoy your visit to the Zaanse Schans!