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Zaanse Schans

The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of Holland, stacked with wooden cottages and houses, windmills, barns and workshops, where you will feel like you have been tele transported back to the Netherlands of the 18th and 19th century. See for yourself how a sawmill works, look over the shoulder of a weaver and watch her do her weaving, or make your own chocolate. Together with museums like the Zaans Museum and the Verkade Experience, the stories of the Zaanstreek’s past are brought to life.

Combined with a hiking, sailing or cycling trip, a visit to the Zaanse Schans will make a lovely day out. Or even perhaps a lovely weekend, for the rest of the Zaanstreek is well worth visiting. Discover the old part of Zaandijk, filled with historic merchant’s houses, across the water from the Zaanse Schans, sail down the river Zaan to the sensational city centre of Zaandam or visit the Zaanbocht, the most beautiful part along the Zaan in the village of Wormerveer.