Zaanse Schans

July 29, 2017

The Zaanse Schans is an open air conservation area and museum, on the bank of the Zaan River, just 17 minutes by train from Amsterdam Central station. The conservation area displays the traditional green wooden houses, several functioning industrial windmills and small museums. It truly is a beautifully scenic and peaceful half day getaway from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam's city center. 

 

 

How to get there?

 

Take a local train from Amsterdam Central station to Zaandijk Zaanse Schans station. The journey takes approximately 17 minutes. Interrail, Eurail and FIP coupons are valid on this service. From there, it is a pleasant 10-15 minute walk through the village of Zaandijk (follow the signs), past a windmill and over the Zaan River.

 

The area can also be reached by bicycle from Amsterdam. The journey takes about 1 hour 30 minutes and is approximately 22 km.

 

How to get around?

 

By foot is ideal.

 

The walk starts from Zaandam Time Museum (Museum of the Dutch Clock) and heads up to De Bonte Hen windmill, passing various windmills and free museums along the way. From there a small boat will take you across the river (1€) and you can then walk back along the opposite river bank passing by traditional Dutch architecture (green houses).

 

How much does it cost?

 

The entry to the area is free; however the windmills attract a small fee and the wooden houses are generally still lived in and therefore cannot be visit. It is worth noting that four of the five windmills were relocated to the conservation area, but all of them have been kept in operating condition, so you will have a good chance to see them working (wind permitting, of course).

 

Photo Journal

 

Left to right: De Gekroonde Poelenburg (saw mill), Verfmolen De Kat (paint mill), De Zoekar (oil mill) and Het Jonge Schaap (saw mill) 

 

Left to right: Verfmolen De Kat (paint mill), De Zoekar (oil mill) and Het Jonge Schaap (saw mill) 

 

Oliemolen De Zoekar (oil mill)

 

Traditional wooden houses

 

Traditional wooden houses

 

Traditional wooden house

 

Traditional wooden house and De Bleeke Dood windmill

 

Left to right: De Gekroonde Poelenburg (saw mill), Verfmolen De Kat (paint mill) and De Zoekar (oil mill)

 

Grazing 

 

Traditional wooden house

 

De Bonte Hen (oil mill)

 

The 1€ ferry from De Bonte Hen windmill to street 'Lagedijk' on the opposite river bank. 

 

 

 

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