What to do in Amsterdam for a Day Trip

A visit to Zaanse Schans is ideal for travelers who have limited time and want to experience Dutch countrylife.
A visit to Zaanse Schans is ideal for travelers who have limited time and want to experience Dutch countrylife. | Source

Zaanse Schans Ideal Day Trip from Amsterdam

Do you want to see the Dutch countryside but has limited time in Amsterdam? Then you should consider visiting Zaanse Schans with its historic windmills only about 17 minutes by train from Grand Central Station in Amsterdam. It is a popular tourist attraction while visitors can also experience cheese and wooden shoes manufacturing. It is best to experience Zaanse Schans when it is not raining with clear skies. Numerous day trips are offered from Amsterdam by different tour operators, but many tourists prefer to spend the day on their own to do their own exploring. Zaanse Schans is part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage and offers a very interesting and enjoyable day trip.

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How to get to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam

It is very easy to get to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam's Grand Central Station. A train departs every 30 minutes from platform 10A (but it could change so just make sure when you buy the ticket). You can buy your ticket at any of the yellow ticket vendor machines or at the counter at the station (although you will have to pay a small penalisation fee if you use the counter to buy your ticket). All the stations where the train will stop are announced in the train, make sure you buy a ticket for Koog Zandijk. Once the train stops at Koog Zandijk, you will need to do a very pleasant 10 minute walk to reach Zaanse Schans which will also take you over a bridge. Immediately when you leave the train station there is a huge billboard map to show you how to walk to Zaanse Schans. You can also take a map (free of charge).

View from De Kat windmill.
View from De Kat windmill. | Source
Inside De Kat windmill.
Inside De Kat windmill. | Source

What to do in Zaanse Schans

Visit the Zaanse Schans windmills

The six windmills are visible from far and the closer you get to the town, the more impressive they become. They are all historic and were built around 1574. You will pay a small entrance fee to visit inside but it will be worthwhile. A steep wooden stair case takes you to the top where you will have a beautiful view of the surroundings. You could also visit the Windmill museum if you are really interested in the history of the windmill.

Explore and buy traditional Dutch craft

Visit the Wooden Shoe Workshop where you could see how the famous Dutch wooden shoes are made. To buy some wooden shoes here are less expensive than in Amsterdam. At the cheese farm, known as De Catherinahoeve, you could see how Dutch cheese is made and even taste it. You will be able to buy traditional Delft ceramics as well as Dutch jewelry.

Eat some traditional Dutch pancakes

Your visit to the Netherlands will not be complete without tasting their mouth watering pancakes. De Kraai restaurant specialises in Dutch pancakes and you will be able to choose from a great variety according to your taste. The pancakes are expensive but they are huge and taste divine.

A visit to Zaanse Schans will never be forgotten and kids will enjoy the experience too.



To buy wooden shoes at Zaanse Schans is somewhat less expensive than in Amsterdam.  You will have a wide variety to choose from.
To buy wooden shoes at Zaanse Schans is somewhat less expensive than in Amsterdam. You will have a wide variety to choose from. | Source

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Tricia1000 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks, going to the Netherlands in September again.


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

I have been many times in Holland because my husband is Dutch from origin but I never went to the Zaanse Schans! I can't believe it! (I just told that to my husband too).

But at least during our last trips we explored some of the islands.

Thanks for sharing this hub because now, I can add the Zaanse Schans for one of our next visits in Amsterdam !

Thank you also for sharing your pictures! I live the view of those old windmills!


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Tricia1000 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you. More articles on Amsterdam will be published. Hope you will read them too.


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Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

Looks like a great place to visit! I just love the wooden clog photo.


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GClark 4 years ago from United States

Interesting and informative article and should inspire others to explore Amsterdam. Imagine there are many people like myself who have only been through Amsterdam to change planes. Many flights from the U.S. pass through Amsterdam on the way to France, etc. Flying in with water on both sides of the landing strip is definitely an experience.

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