Zaanse Schans is one the most historical places of Holland where you can relive the 18th century. This little neighborhood located in Zaandam (near Amsterdam) and is one the most famous places to visit the Netherlands, that is because the Zaanse Schans has a beautiful sight for seeing our typical windmills.
In this neighborhood there are many historical events, monuments and museums. For instance, you can see how a typical Dutch clogs (klompen) is made. Also there is a replica of the first famous supermarket “Albert Heijn”. Also go see or do a workshop on how Dutch cheese is made. Walk inside of a Jisperhuisje, a historical fisherman’s cottage and see how household was in the 18th century. after that, you can for a small fee of 1€ for children and 2€ for adults dress up in typical Dutch clothes of the 18th century and take a beautiful picture or selfie with your camera!
The biggest museum is the “Zaans museum en Verkade Experience”. This is the most delicious museum of the Netherlands. See the objects, clothing, painting and materials of the biggest cookie and chocolate factory of 20th century in Hollland.
Experience how the Zaanse merchant family in the year 1830 lived. In the monumental Honig Breethuis in Zaandijk you can experience how a Zaanse merchant family lived. The house was built around 1710 by Cornelis Jacobsz. Honig, the owner of white paper mill “The Vergulde Bijkorf”.
Go and view the collection of scale models of oil-, paper-, peeling- and sawmills. The collection of the Molenmuseum gives a complete picture of the rise and fall of the industrial mills. The models show how the wind activates an ingenious mechanism by means of the blades in the heart of the mill. And how this mechanism differs per mill, depending on the product being processed.
For information see: dezaanseschans.nl
Transportation for Zaanse Schans
For visiting the Zaanse Schans and Amsterdam you can save money by buying a Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket:
If you plan to travel for more days through The Netherlands, you could better choose for the temporary (‘lease’) OV-chipkaart which is the official transportation card for all public transportation!
You can reload it with travel credits via our website: Public Transport Chip Card Credit