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OV chipcart + Museumkaart or iAmsterdam? And opinion on Zaanse Schans

I'll be in Amsterdam for just 4 days and am wondering which to go with if I follow Ricks walking tours.
The iAmsterdam seems so pricey but does include the tram (I think).
I've already purchased my Anne Frank Tickets.

What about Zaanse Schans for a day trip?

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Zaanse Shanse is a fun day trip.
It is a pleasant get away from Amsterdam and the crowds.
We did not do any of the walking tours, but just wandered around which was a lot of fun to do.
We walked around the museum area just to see what else is there.
Would recommend a walk in Vondelpark and a canal boat ride if you are so inclined. We used the Blue boat Company, located near Vondelpark.
Have fun!

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OV Chipkaart or not depends on how much and what kind of travel you're planning. If the Zaanse Schans is the only trip outside the city, it's much better to buy a separate ticket. The OV Chipkaart costs you EUR 7,50 without balance for actual travelling. For travel within Amsterdam the GVB (the municipal transport company) has a whole range of options.

When considering the I Amsterdam Card you must realise that at the moment it doesn't seem to work for the Van Gogh Museum: you need to make a timed reservation and because of some hitch between the two organisations that doesn't work.

The Zaanse Schans is a popular outing for its proximity to Amsterdam and so can be crowded. It's an easy train ride, though, from Amsterdam Centraal (get a ticket to Zaandijk Zaanse Schans) and a 15-min walk to the area.

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Zaanse Schans is a recreated village, windmills, blacksmith shop, etc. Buildings were moved there. A little touristy but if you can’t get to Kinderdijk, it’s OK. You wouldn’t spend a whole day there, maybe a few hours at most..