Zaanse Schans is a sight near Zaandijk with a collection of historic windmills and houses. The name Zaanse Schans is derived from a sconce that was built in 1574 to resist attacks from Spanish troops. Between 1961 and 1974 many old buildings and some windmills were moved to the Zaanstreek. Only a couple of buildings originally were built at the location. The area attracts about 900.000 visitors yearly.
There are many windmills in the Zaanse Schans, but also old shops, a bakery and shipyard. The museum is located next to Zaanse Schans. Furthermore the Zaanse Schans has a restaurant and hotel and you could take a 50 minute river cruise if you want to relax while looking around and enjoying the views to the windmills.
Amsterdam is the city in Holland that attracts most tourists. Tourists who visit Amsterdam can also easily visit Zaanse Schans because it’s nearby. Take the sprinter train from Amsterdam Centraal Station to Uitgeest. Get out at Koog-Zaandijk. From there follow the signs during a 20 minute walk. By bus it’s 50 minutes from Amsterdam. At Amsterdam CS Bus Oost take bus 391 to Zaandam. Get out at stop ‘Zaanse Schans’. You can also plan your trip here.