The Zaanse Schans
The Zaanse Schans. A combative name for a peaceful old Zaans neighborhood of of Zaandam, near Zaandijk in the municipality of Zaanstad in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. The Zaanse Schans is famous for his unique combination of wind mills and green wooden houses from the 17th century. A visit to the Zaanse Schans is an unforgettable experience. Visit mills and museums and make a nice canal tour and enjoy the beautiful environment.
Most of the 19 buildings were replaced here in the 1960s and 1970s. You can visit several oil and paint mills, traditional Dutch Hand Craft shops like the Wooden Shoe Workshop, the Pewter Foundry, the Cheese Farm and the Shipyard.
Why this name?
Because in 1574 Diederik van Sonoy, governor in service of Willem van Oranje, let his patriots put up an entrenchment against the Spanish troops in the neighborhood. That is more than 400 years ago. Many manners and customs of the Zaanse flourishing period died. But a number of qualities, which also make a Zaankanter of a modern Zaankanter, remained. With one of these qualities, the typical Zaanse down-to-earth defensibility, an old piece of identity is entrenched in a friendly bastion: The Zaanse Schans, a characteristic neighborhood of the glories times of this region.
Below you will find a resume of the buildings, of which you can visit the most. Click on the link to get more information:
Bakery museum “In De Gecroonde Duyvekater”
Bakery museum built in 1658; wooden “duivekater” (sweet kind of bread) above the front door; marbled shop floor. Transported to Zaandijk in 1970, hanging between 2 breakdown lorries. More Details: Bakery museum “In De Gecroonde Duyvekater”
The house of Juffrouw Al bestel (miss Al bestel)
Eighteenth century business house; original bricks laid shop front of sharpened stone; nice death door (special door where they brought out someone who died) with in the light above the symbol of trade and shipping. More Details: The house of Juffrouw Al bestel (miss Al bestel)
Galery 'Aan 't Glop'
Seventeenth century front part of a house with eighteenth century house in the air; shop with display cupboard from the 19th century; channeled wooden façade; roof supported by oaken pillars. More Details: Galery 'Aan 't Glop'
Merchant House the Mole (Het Koopmanshuis d'Mol)
Seventeenth century, rebuilt in 1795 nice sharpened dormer window; consoles at the corner of the front give the house a bigger impression; arm with a mole above the door. More Details: Merchant House the Mole (Het Koopmanshuis d'Mol)
Museum Noorderhuis Het
Merchant house, built in the 2nd half of the 17th century, enlarged in 1800 “neck bell façades” on the road- and Zaan-side; empire state room. In this building are two period rooms you can see. More Details: Museum Noorderhuis Het
Restaurant Hope on d'Swarte Walvis (De Hoop op d'Swarte Walvis)
Specialty restaurant; former orpanage from the 18th century; combined with a 19th century house and an 18th century herring net house, big terrace at the Zaan with a view on the Gortershoek; the side façade of the herring net house an a lot of antique tiling. More Details: Restaurant Hope on d'Swarte Walvis (De Hoop op d'Swarte Walvis)
De Overtuin (The Overgarden)
Over the road-ditch, there fore the name ‘over garden' style influenced by French garden architecture. More Details: De Overtuin (The Overgarden)
Albert Heijn - Museum, Antique Grocery and Supermarket Chain
Built about 1820; junction of 2 houses; inventory from the old grocery’s shop of Albert Heijn..More Details: Albert Heijn - Museum, Antique Grocery and Supermarket Chain
Museum of the Dutch Timepiece/ The Museum of the Dutch Clock
Built in the 2nd half of the 17th century; original industry building with house. More Details: Museum of the Dutch Timepiece/ The Museum of the Dutch Clock
Pewter Workshop “De Tinkoepel” - Traditional Teahouse and Pewter Foundries
Eighteenth century with Rococo decorations; in the armorial bearings a count is pictured, that is a sharp spade, symbol of the family Graftdijk. More Details: Pewter Workshop “De Tinkoepel” - Traditional Teahouse and Pewter Foundries
The Zaanse Schans Shipyard
Original shed of ship yard Brouwer at the Rustenburg in Zaandam end of the 18th century. More Details: The Zaanse Schans Shipyard
Wooden Shoe Clog Workshop and Museum (De Klompenmakerij)
Original warehouse 'De Vrede' in Westzaan, a former barn for corn and snuff, mid 18th century. More Details: Wooden Shoe Clog Workshop and Museum (De Klompenmakerij)
Zaanse Schans Mills
At the Zaanse Schans are several mills, among others "De Gekroonde Poelenburg", "De Kat", "De Huisman", "De Zoeker" and "De Hadel". You can find the description of these mills at the mill-site. More Details: Zaan Area Wind Mills - The Zaanse Mills
Zaanse Schans Tourist Information Centers:
VVV Tourist Office: i-Point Zaanse Schans
1509 AW Zaandam
Inntel Hotels Zaandam
The Inntel Hotels Zaandam is located right next to the railway station Zaandam. Sale of the tourist Dinner Gift Certificates and Vouchers. Cycling and walking. Information on their region.
VVV Tourist Office: Agentschap Zaandam, Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam
1506 MD Zaandam
VVV Tourist Office: Agentschap Oostzaan
1511 BD Oostzaan
VVV Tourist Office: Agentschap Wormer
1531 WE Wormer
VVV Tourist Office: i-Point hetTwiske
1502 BA Oostzaan
VVV Tourist Office: i-Point Zaandam
Jan Sijbrandssteeg 12
1502 BA Zaandam
VVV Amsterdam kantoor Centraal Station
Stationsplein 15 spoor2
1012 AB Amsterdam
Telephone - 0900 400 40 40
VVV Amsterdam Tourist Office Zaandam
Gedempte Gracht 76
1506CA Zaandam, Netherlands
Tel: 0900 4004040
The Zaanstreek/ Zaan District (area of the river Zaan, Zaan Region) Website:
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