Zaanse Schans Local Customs

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    Walking with these super structures

    by Mique Updated Feb 8, 2004

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    Of course you have to try these on. And then it is almost impossible to resist trying to walk with them. And yes, you can move them but it is very very hard to do. But it is much fun to try.. I think i managed at least 5 centimeter in as many minutes...

    Roy and me trying to move with these clogs

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    What is the idea behind the wooden shoes/Clogs ?

    by globetrott Written Apr 11, 2015

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    When you take a closer look at the landscape and the surface next to the row of windmills that you find along the river you will see a lot of muddy, wet land and when you walk over such a piece of land your leather-boots will get wet and will be broken soon. So this is why they had the idea of making wooden shoes !
    These shoes are always made of poplar / Pappelholz as this type of wood is very easy to cut as long as the wood was recently cut and as soon as it is gets dry it will get very hard and very hard to cut.
    In one of the shops we saw how such Clogs are made by machines within just 4 minutes.

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    Mini-windmills on the Schans

    by globetrott Written Apr 11, 2015

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    In smaller towns there were 1 or 2 windmills all over Europe in former centuries, BUT only in the Netherlands there were lots of windmills in each village and the simple reason for that is the fact that the windmills in the Netherlands were mainly used in order to pump the water out of the fields that are situated under the sea level and needed a permanent drainage that was only possible with the help of the constantly blowing wind in that area.
    And this small mill is one of them and it looks quite strange that it has a waterwheel that looks almost like the ones in the rest of Europe, where the water is running over the waterwheel and creates the power for the mill.
    In this mill it is working the other way: the wind turns the large wings of the Mill and som the waterwheel get turned around as well and is taking up a bit of water step by step all day long.

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    your children will love these giant Clogs

    by globetrott Written Apr 11, 2015

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    This giant Glog will be standing right in front of the Museum & shop for wooden shoes and you will be able to take a seat inside and have your photo taken that way.
    It was quite a busy place while we were there.
    There are also some other oversized wooden shoes close to it, like in my 2nd photo and there is a decoration made of various clogs as you can see in my last picture here !
    What you should know, when you plan to wear such wooden shoes for a walk in reality: they are a bit "rough" indise and you will need thick socks in order not ro hurt your feet !

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    How to make the Klompen / Clogs ?

    by globetrott Written Apr 11, 2015

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    This was a funny and interesting thing to watch and on an ordinary day there will be lots of such shows made as soon as another group of people have arrived. It seems to me that no bustour-guide will ever skip this shop, they will direct you to see the show and will give you some 15 minutes to go shoping there before they will continue to the next place of their tour.
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    In former times it was quite complicated to produce these shoes, but at least it was easy to cut the fresh poplar-wood, getting out the inner part of the shoes was quite complicated, but is no problem anymore nowadays with modern machines:
    A piece of poplar / Pappelholz will be placed into that machinery that will simply copy another shoe, that was finished already.

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    Save some money with the Zaanse Schans Card

    by globetrott Updated Apr 11, 2015

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    This makes sense only for people who have hopefully a lot more time than I had in Zaanse Schan: When you intend to go inside all of the small museums in and around the museum-village you can save some money with the Zaanse Schans Card:
    For a total price of just 10,- Euros you will be able to enter all of the mills, museums etc.
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    You should considder: the openair-museum is free of charge and also the shops dont charge anything for their performances of how to produce these lovely wooden shoes, nor will you have to pay anything to get explanations in the so-called diary-museum Katharina Hoeve. These are shops and they hope to attract more customers by making some explanation-shows....
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    and then there are several Windmills and small museums where you have to pay an entrancefee, and for those the Zaanse Schans Card makes sense !

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    Clog sitting...

    by Mique Written Feb 3, 2004

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    ... and get your picture taken. It must be something everybody who visits this place has at least one picture of...

    Brandon & i in a clog

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