Zaanse schans

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Day trip to Zaanse schans

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Zaanse schans

Windmills near Amsterdam you’ll find at The Zaanse Schans. Zaandijk is a litlle town at the river Zaan. Zaandijk is well known for the Zaanse Schans just outside the village. Its name derived from the river Zaan and its original function as sconse  (Dutch: Schans). It’s a very popular tourist attraction and an anchor point of the European Route of industrial Heritage. The Zaanse Schans windmills are world famous. It coused an industrial revolution in her days.


Amsterdam to Zaanse schans

How to get there?

From Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans you best take the bus. There is bus nr 391 which departs every 15 minutes  from bus platform  E at Amsterdam Central Station to Zaanse Schans. A single ticket on the bus cost €5,- Children until 11 years can buy a single ticket for € 1,00. You can also arrange a Zaanse Schans Tour in Amsterdam. To go by train it takes about 17 minutes and costs €3,30. Every 15 minutes a train departs. By train is faster, but you will have to walk for 10 minutes to get to the village. 

Map Zaanse schans

See how to get there
A touristic city map of the Zaanse schans with the highlights of the city

City map of Zaanse schans, download the image on your device and you can zoom in.


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For information about transport tickets, visit our public transport page.

A good alternative for up to date timetables for all type of public transport is this website: 9292 OV.


Things to do at the Zaanse schans

Activities in the city

Industrial indeed for here you’ll find a collection of well preserved windmills dating from the 16th and 17th century. There are sawmills, oil mills, mustard mills and dye mills with names like The Cat, The Houseman, The Young Sheep and The Spotted Hen. Some of them are open to the public.

Also visit the characteristic village houses made mainly from wood.

A very nice way is to combine your visit with a boattrip.

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30 min - 2 hrs
Zaanferry organizes ferry services from Amsterdam Central station towards Zaandam, The Zaanse Schans and Wormerveer. They have 3 ships that operate the regular service from Thursday to Sunday. Free Wi-Fi is available on board the ships. During the cruise you can use your smartphone to listen to an audio tour (app) about the industrial history of the […]
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