There is a Dutch polder landscape around Zaandam, just above Amsterdam in the Zaan region. This polder landscape is full of beautiful Dutch windmills and here you will find the Zaanse Schans. It is a small neighborhood that is known for the many monumental mills and other historic buildings. The neighborhood is located in Zaanstad. It is one of the most visited outdoor attractions in the Netherlands. About 1 million visitors come annually.

There are, among other things, a clog maker, a shipyard and a bakery museum. There is also a replica of the first “Albert Heijn” supermarket. Just outside the Zaanse Schans in Zaandam is also the oldest wooden house from the Zaan region. Tsar Peter the Great lived there at the end of the 17th century.

The Zaanse Schans windmills

The beautiful windmills in the area are of course the most striking. There are a total of 12 windmills on the Zaanse Schans and 4 other windmills are in the vicinity. A number of windmills were already here, but most of the windmills were moved here in the last century. There are also mills that have been recreated on this site according to the original building plans, such as the mill called “The Young Sheep”.

Opening hours

Not all mills and buildings are open at all times. Yet most attractions are open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday. There are also various restaurants in the area where you can eat or drink.


Are you planning to park your car at the Zaanse Schans? Put the address “Schansend 7” in Zaandam in your navigation, and you will automatically arrive at the spacious parking. Parking costs € 10 per day for normal cars. The Zaanse Schans can be reached the best by public transport with a train from Amsterdam Central Station in only 17 minutes.. You then get off at Zaandijk-Zaanse Schans station and walk there in 15 minutes.

Entrance fee

The Zaanse Schans is an area that is intended to preserve Dutch historical heritage. It is an open-air museum and is freely accessible. Imagine yourself in Dutch historical times and visit this unique area.