Zaanse Schans, Amsterdam
Photo Source: The Sunset Blog

Zaanse Schans, Amsterdam

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Zaanse Schans is a neighbourhood of Zaandam, near Zaandijk, Netherlands. It is best known for its collection of well-preserved historic windmills and houses. The Zaans Museum, established in 1994 near the first Zaanse Schans windmill, is located south of the neighbourhood. Zaanse Schans derived its name from the river Zaan and its original function as sconce (schans in Dutch) against the Spanish troops during the Eighty Years’ War of Dutch independence. Zaanse Schans is one of the popular tourist attractions of the Netherlands and an anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH).

  • The Zaanse Schans houses seven museums – the Weavers House, the Cooperage, the Jisper House, Zaan Time Museum, Albert Heijn Museum Shop and the Bakery Museum. Together with the windmills, this location offers extreme uniqueness for your photos.
  • The sunset is large and clear over the river on the west without obstructions in the view.
  • The area is served by Zaandijk Zaanse Schans railway station, 18 minutes away from Amsterdam Centraal station and another 10 minutes walk away to the museum. With regular and frequent trains passing through the station, making it convenient to visit the location.
  • The whole neighbourhood is a popular tourist attraction and there is a debate in local politics on how to reduce overcrowding. However, the crowds don’t exist in the evenings, so you can expect a very quiet place all by yourself.
Zaanse Schans, Amsterdam
Photo Source: Remo Scarfò
Zaanse Schans, Amsterdam
Photo Source: Jiuguang Wang

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