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De Zaanse Schans - Things to Know Before Visiting

Kalverringdijk Schansend, Kraaienest, 1509 AZ Zaandam, Netherlands

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About De Zaanse Schans

The Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum that's fun for all ages. It offers a perfectly preserved glimpse into the Netherlands' industrial past with its traditional houses, windmills, warehouses and workshops. From 1961 to 1974 old buildings from all over the Zaanstreek were relocated using lowboy trailers to the area. The Zaans Museum, established in 1994 near the first Zaanse Schans windmill, is located south of the neighbourhood.

Attractions Near De Zaanse Schans

Zaans Museum
Zaans Museum0.1km from De Zaanse Schans

Zaans Museum is a museum in Zaandam, Netherlands, which was opened in 1998 to preserve and protect the heritage of the Zaan area. The museum houses cultural-historical and regional collections examining the residential and industrial culture. In 2015, the museum acquired a painting from the Zaan period of the French impressionist painter Claude Monet, entitled 'The Voorzaan and the Westerhem'.

Het Schip
Het Schip9.9km from De Zaanse Schans

Het Schip housing complex is a world-famous example of the Amsterdam School. The complex in the architectural style of the Amsterdam School was designed by Michel de Klerk in 1919. It originally contained 102 homes for the working class, a small meeting hall, a post office, and an elementary school. Since 2001, the former school and post office are used as a museum about the Amsterdam School.

Westerpark10.38km from De Zaanse Schans

The Westerpark is a public urban park in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The former borough of Westerpark is named after the park, as is the current neighborhood. The verdant space of the former Westergasfabriek gasworks along Haarlemmerweg has become a place for cultural avant-garde businesses and events.

IJ Amsterdam
IJ Amsterdam10.94km from De Zaanse Schans

IJ is a body of water, formerly a bay, in the Dutch province of North Holland. It is known for being Amsterdam's waterfront. There are several theories about the origins of the IJ. Perhaps it began as a stream, following a breakthrough in the dunes of Castricum. More likely, the IJ is a remnant of a northern arm of the Rhine delta.

Eye Film Museum
Eye Film Museum11.32km from De Zaanse Schans

Eye Filmmuseum is a film archive, museum, and cinema in Amsterdam that preserves and presents both Dutch and foreign films screened in the Netherlands. The building features two gallery exhibition spaces, one 300-seat cinema, two 127-seat cinemas, and a fourth intimate cinema of about 67 seats. It composes of various visual and interactive elements. Suitable also for kids.

Electric Ladyland - Museum of Fluorescent Art

Electric Ladyland is a museum located in the Jordaan area of Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is devoted to presenting art, minerals, and manufactured items that fluoresce under ultraviolet light. The museum displays a permanent collection of fluorescent minerals, fluorescent artwork from the 1950s and other glowing artefacts. They also have a “Flourescent Environment” where visitors can participate in creating a sculptural piece of illuminated art.

Where is De Zaanse Schans

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What Visitors Say About De Zaanse Schans

Nithin Mathew
Nithin Mathew
This pretty neighbourhood consists of green houses and windmills that were relocated here to create the look of an 18th century village. The village has exhibitions on chocolate making, workshops to demonstrate rare handicrafts making, like wooden clog carving, barrel making etc..  This is a well known and very touristy place, expect quite a bit of a crowd. 

The entrance is free but there are guided tours available as well. We also did a cheese tasting here, almost all the cheese were not intense for me(a surprise).