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Getting There -- Trains depart every 20 minutes from Amsterdam Centraal Station via Zaandam to Koog-Zaandijk station, from where it's a 1km (2/3-mile) walk to Zaanse Schans; trip time is 16 minutes, and a round-trip ticket is 4.70€ ($7.50). Or, take Connexxion bus 91 from outside Amsterdam Centraal Station for the 40-minute ride direct. By car from Amsterdam, take A8 north and then switch to A7/E22 north to exit 2, from where you follow the signs to Zaanse Schans.

Visitor Information -- VVV Zaanstreek/Waterland is at Gedempte Gracht 76, 1506 CJ Zaandam (tel. 075/616-2221; fax 075/670-5381; www.zaanstreekwaterland.nl), between Zaandam rail station and the center of town. The office is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.