The Zaanse Schans
The Zaanse Schans is a freely accessible commuting area anno 1850. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cakes, or take a look inside the warehouse where wooden shoes are made. Don’t miss the cheese dairy, tin foundry and the various mills either.
The Zaanse Schans is a unique village in the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. Take a bike or boat ride, browse around the stores or come feast at the pancake restaurant. A day out at the Zaanse Schans in North Holland is both fun and educational.
At the Zaanse Schans, the 18th and 19th centuries come to life.
You shouldn’t just read about Zaans heritage in history books, no, you should experience it! That’s what architect Jaap Schipper must have thought when he came up with the plan for Zaanse Schans in 1946.
Starting in 1961, several properties were transported to the area, by road and by water. Along with its mills, museums, nature and culture, the Zaanse Schans has become a top attraction where you can experience the industrial history of the Netherlands up close.
The various mills on the Zaanse Schans
From a distance you can already see the sails turning slowly with vast meadows in the background.A serene picture, but inside the mill people are working hard.
The creaking, heaving wood and all the moving parts in the belly of the building create an impressive spectacle in which wood is sawed or oil, flour, spices and dyes are ground.
Climb the exciting, narrow steps to the mill deck for a beautiful vista and see how industry has developed in the wider area.