Zaanse Schans, Zaandam

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At Zaanse Schans, tour a recreated historical Dutch village filled with wooden houses and iconic windmills. An important stop along the European Route of Industrial Heritage, this open-air museum hosts 900,000 tourists every year. Its 35 wooden homes were brought from surrounding villages to the museum in the 1970s. The well-preserved windmills, which have become a symbol of the Netherlands, date back to the 17th and 18th centuries and each have their own distinct names. Walk through the buildings, stop into the shops and restaurants, take a scenic boat ride, or watch traditional Dutch craft-making during your visit. Put Zaanse Schans on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Zaandam trip site.
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  • Amazing experience. It is a must visit place if you are in the Netherlands. A day trip from Amsterdam, this place is serene and will blow your mind away with its beauty. Windmills, lush green...  more »
  • 20m train from Amsterdam (Cntral Amsterdam). Very easy to get there. All area smells chocolate, since there is a factory in the center. There're a few shops selling cheese, souvenirs, craft beers...  more »

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