Zaanse Schans

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Windmills of Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈzaːnsə ˈsxɑns]) is a neighbourhood of Zaandam, near Zaandijk in the municipality of Zaanstad in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. It has a collection of well-preserved historic windmills and houses; the ca. 35 houses from all over the Zaanstreek were moved to the museum area starting in 1961.[1] The Zaans Museum, established in 1994, is located in the Zaanse Schans.

The Zaanse Schans is one of the popular tourist attractions of the region and an anchor point of ERIH, the European Route of Industrial Heritage. The neighbourhood attracts approximately 900,000 visitors every year.[2]

The windmills were built after 1574.

List of windmills[edit]

The windmills of Zaanse Schans.
Names of the mills from left to right: Het Jonge Schaap ("the young sheep"), De Zoeker ("the seeker"), De Kat ("the cat"), De Gekroonde Poelenburg ("the crowned poelenburg") and De Huisman ("the houseman"). Photograph: Niels Kim.


  1. ^ "History: Zaanse Schans brings Dutch history to life". Zaanse Schans. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Wier, Marten van de (10 May 2007). "Zaanse Schans in verrotte staat" [Zaanse Schans in rotten state]. Trouw (in Dutch). Retrieved 23 February 2015. 

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Coordinates: 52°28′26″N 4°48′59″E / 52.47389°N 4.81639°E / 52.47389; 4.81639