Photo Gallery: Stunning Zaanse Schans

The Zaanse Schans is a neighbourhood of Zaandam, near Zaandijk in the municipality of Zaanstad in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.

It is definitely one of the highlights of the Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam.

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Here you can experience vibrant and stunning living community that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

It’s packed with wooden windmills, barns, houses and museums and built in the typically Dutch wooden architectural style, relocated here piece by piece since 1961.

The Zaanse Schans will easily fill half a day – there is so much to see, taste, smell and experience.

You can take a walk through the stunning buildings and the unique peat meadow landscape, watch traditional crafts such as clog- and cheese-making and visit the windmills and traditional buildings.

Additionally, you can take a boat trip, dine in one of the restaurants or explore the shops and boutiques.

How do you like Zaanse Schans? Would you like to spend here one afternoon?


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Agness Walewinder
Agness Walewinder
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52 thoughts on “Photo Gallery: Stunning Zaanse Schans”

  1. Jess @UsedYorkCity

    I would LOVE to spend an afternoon there, what gorgeous images! Those little clogs with red hearts are the sweetest!

  2. Shame we didn’t make it there whilst in The Netherlands, it means that we have to return at some point, it looks too pretty not to!

  3. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary

    What a beautiful place to explore! I love all the colorful buildings and all the windmills. And I can’t forget the beautiful clogs!!

  4. I thought I recognized those windmills and the river, I’ve been here before many years ago! We went to the Woodenshoe workshop and got a live demonstration on how to make those shoes from a horny Dutch man :D
    Beautiful beautiful place!

  5. Vanessa @ The Travelling Colognian

    I had no idea that such a lovely place is so close to my home country and town. Another place to add to my list, I should definitely visit Zaanse Schans in the future. Your photos are beautiful, Agness, thank you so much for sharing.

  6. The Zaans in the Zaan in the Zaan in the Zaan! Haha. Amazing photos Agness, love it! Glad you’re enjoying Holland so much :)

  7. Miriam of Adventurous Miriam

    I would love to! The windmills, wooden clogs and tulips are just so significant for Holland and I love when a place has a strong identity and heritage. I’d go there in a heartbeat.

  8. Windmills, tulips, clogs – everything I’d want to see on a trip to the Netherlands! What a great place to spend an afternoon.


  9. Wow! Such a beautiful little place, everything looks so colorful and well maintained. I would definitely love to spend an evening or two there!! Lovely photographs :)

  10. I’ve been there before! it’s such a cute place and even though it’s close to Amsterdam, is completely different! Very Dutch! :)

  11. Ah, those wooden slippers! :)
    So funny, not quite like air filled sports shoes. Jogging in them must feel like torture.
    Loved those beautiful windmills!

  12. This place looks beautiful, and very Dutch! Love all the windmills and clogs, and would love to have the chance to try some cheese-making!

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