Zaanse Schans
beautiful, unique and full of windmills, handicraft shops and museums

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Covid 19

The necessary measures have been taken so that everyone can enjoy a day at Zaanse Schans safely and with great pleasure. For example, a modified route has been created, which is used when it is too busy. Visitors are directed where necessary with the help of public guides and signs. The Zaanse Schans is largely a public outdoor area where you don’t have to wear a mask (at the moment). The shops, museums and windmills are independent organizations and can decide for themselves. We recommend you just in case to bring your own mask. Most of the locations at the Zaanse Schans have indicated that they (must) close their doors until at least during the current lockdown. Please note, you can only pay by pin at the toilets and parking machines.

A unique piece of Dutch history on the River Zaan

The Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cookies, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. Make a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops or treat yourself at the pancake restaurant. A day out at the Zaanse Schans in North Holland is fun and educational.


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