**Updated : November 2023**
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Getting to Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans is located about 19 kilometers (about 12 miles) from the city center of Amsterdam, meaning there are multiple ways to get there. Depending on your price range and the amount of time you have to explore (or even more specifically the weather) - certain options might fit your schedule a bit better. We've listed our best recommendations here :
If you do decide to book a tour to Zaanse Schans, this is a great full day option that includes a 1 hour canal tour as well.
The Windmills (and SO MUCH MORE)
First things first, there is seriously A LOT to do at Zaanse Schans. You could easily spend half a day to a full day in this area alone, exploring the multiple museums, cafes, and sights nearby. We've listed below some of the best things (other than looking at the windmills) to do while exploring Zaanse Schans.
If you're planning to visit multiple museums in Zaanse Schans or in the Amsterdam City Center we recommend purchasing a Go City Amsterdam Pass - which conveniently gives you access to 30+ top attractions throughout the city!
The most important thing to see, of course, is the multiple windmills! (Our count told us there were 8 main windmills, and a few smaller duplicates in the yards.) As you follow the path around the Zaan River you'll see these dotted throughout the horizon, and the path gives you a great view of them! If you want to see a view of the windmills with the water in front, then we recommend heading out onto the dock, however this can get quite busy. As you walk along the windmills, you'll notice that you can head into some of them and even tour the working windmills for a small entry fee! From the inside you can see the working gears of the windmill, and sometimes even head out to the roof of the windmills for some beautiful views!
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