Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans is a village with authentic wooden homes, windmills, a wooden shoe store, a cheese factory, and more crafts that give a true picture of life in the Netherlands in the 18th and 19th centuries. The windmills of Zaanse Schans are a stunning tourist attraction in the Netherlands and can be conveniently visited on a day trip from Amsterdam.


Windmills is a sign of the Dutch national heritage. The beautiful windmills in Zaanse Schans are now occupied and used for several different purposes. Wood sawing, grinding herbs, combining paint and more! Traditional Dutch houses and small farms are constructed around windmills.

The first Albert Heijn (grocery store)

Albert Heijn is the biggest and most popular grocery store in the Netherlands. The first original Albert Heijn store was restored here in 1967. The small museum grocery store describes the story of Albert Heijn ‘s origins.

How to get there

Option 1: take a bus

Take bus 391 or bus 891 at Amsterdam Central Station.

Consider buying a day or multi-day pass or the I am Amsterdam card if you plan on using it more than twice or want to combine it with other sightseeings in Amsterdam.

Option 2: train

Going to Zaanse Schans by train only takes about 20 minutes, however you will have to walk 15 minutes from the station to the windmills area.

Option 3 Go with an organized tour