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    Zaanse Schans Village

    by King_Golo Written Mar 30, 2013

    Zaanse Schans is not a real village, but it comes very close to one. The Zaanstreek region north of Amsterdam is well-known for its colourful green-and-white houses as well as its windmills, but this cultural and architectural heritage is endangered due to the faceless architecture of the suburbs of the Netherlands' capital. Hence, Zaanse Schans was created between 1961 and 1974: a village, typical as those of the Zaanstreek region, but with houses and windmills moved in from everywhere around. Despite the fact that it's an open-air museum, it's also an actual village. People are living here, and the shops are apparently used by them as well (although I think they'd prefer an anonymous supermarket to one of the little shops crowded with tourists).

    Zaanse Schans' main attractions are the windmills, among them "De Kat", the world's only paint mill. It's grinding natural materials in order to produce pigments. Among the other mills are "De Huisman", a spice mill, and "De Zoeker", an oil mill. You can also visit a few of the green-and-white houses and shops. Be aware, though, that you need an extra ticket for each of them.

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    The Wooden Shoe Workshop

    by lina112 Written Mar 31, 2012
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    The Wooden Shoe Workshop is situated in a former 1780 snuff and grain warehouse from the company Molenaar in Westzaan, relocated to the Zaanse Schans in 1984. Part of the storehouse has been devoted to the Wooden Shoe Museum, one of the largest and most beautiful collections of wooden shoes in the Netherlands including an absorbing audio-visual commentary of the history of this intriguing form of footwear. Free clog making demonstrations take place at regular intervals throughout the day, take approximately 5 minutes and are available in many different languages. There are hundreds of pairs of clogs in all sizes and colours, tempting wooden shoe related souvenirs such as miniature clogs, key chains and 'money clogs' as well as an extensive range of typical Dutch souvenirs and 'must-haves' available in the workshop.

    El taller de calzado de madera se encuentra en un antiguo almacén de tabaco de la empresa en Westzaan Molenaar. Parte de la bodega se ha dedicado al Museo del Calzado de Madera, una de las colecciones más grandes y bellas de zapatos de madera en los Países Bajos con una muestra audiovisual comentando la historia de esta forma intrigante de calzado. Demostraciones gratuitas de como hacen los zuecos tienen lugar a intervalos regulares durante todo el día, duran aproximadamente 5 minutos y están disponibles en muchos idiomas diferentes. Hay cientos de pares de zuecos en todos los tamaños y colores tentadores recuerdos de zapatos de madera relacionados, como obstrucciones en miniatura, llaveros y los zuecos de dinero, así como una extensa gama de souvenirs típicos holandeses y 'no deben faltar ", disponible en el taller.

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    Bakkerij Museum

    by lina112 Written Mar 31, 2012
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    The Bakery Museum Gecroonde Duyvekater is decorated like a 19th century candy store with an authentic bakery in the back. The name of the museum comes from a regional Zaans sweet bread Duyvekater. This well-known bread is sold in the store, as well as various kinds of oldfashioned candy such as liquorice, syrup soldiers and gingerbread.

    Gecroonde Duyvekater está decorada como un tienda de caramelos del siglo XIX y tiene una auntentica panaderia en la parte trasera. El nombre del museo viende del dulce tradicional de la región del mismo nombre. Este dulce lo venden en la tienda y también una grand variedad de caramelos y pan de jengibre.

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    De Zoeker

    by lina112 Written Mar 29, 2012
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    De Zoeker is the mill which formed the basis for the establishment of the Society of Zaan Mills. The mill however was not then located on its present site along the Kalverringdijk in Zaandam. De Zoeker was situated in the Westerzijderveld in Zaandijk, where it was built in 1672. De Zoeker spent much of its working life as an oil mill before being converted in 1891 into a dye mill. The oil works were re-installed 10 years later to process vegetable oil from different kinds of oil seed such as linseed and rapeseed.

    Los comienzos del molino se remontan a abril de 1676, cuando obtuvo su permiso para desarrollar actividades. Perdió importancia a partir del advenimiento de las fabricas impulsadas por máquinas de vapor. En 1891 las instalaciones del interior desaparecieron y se lo convirtió en un molino para la producción de pigmentos y colores.

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    Het Jonge Schaap

    by lina112 Written Mar 29, 2012
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    The original mill by this name was located behind the railway station of Zaandam and was demolished in 1942. From Anton Sipman drawings and technical help of modern computers are able to begin reconstruction. The first pile was erected on September 24, 2005 and two years later opened to the public. The sawn timber through the wind is an invention of Uitgeest Cornelisz. It was first used for the propulsion of the saw a crankshaft.

    El molino original de este nombre se encuentra detrás de la estación de tren de Zaandam y fue demolido en 1942. A partir de los dibujos de Anton Sipman y con ayuda de la tecnica moderna de ordenadores se pudo empezar la reconstrucción. El primer pilote fue colocado el 24 de septiembre de 2005 y 2 años mas tarde se abrió al publico. El serrar madera por medio de la fuerza del viento es un invento de Cornelisz de Uitgeest. Fue el primero en utilizar para la propulsión de la sierra un cigueñal.

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    De kat Molen

    by lina112 Written Mar 29, 2012
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    The original mill 'De Kat' was built in 1646 as oil mill. In 1782 the mill was destroyed by fire but the mill was rapidly rebuilt again. The mill was in use until 1904 and then was partially demolished. In 1960 the eight-sided paint mill 'De Duinjager' was removed from its former position owing to urban development and placed on top of the old storehouse of 'De Kat'. The mill is again grinding raw materials such as chalk to make pigments for paints in the traditional way.

    El molino original fue construido en 1646 como molino de aceite. En 1782 la fábrica fue destruida por un incendio, pero la fábrica fue reconstruida rápidamente de nuevo. El molino estuvo en funcionamiento hasta 1904 y luego fue parcialmente demolido. En 1960 la fábrica de pintura 'De Duinjager' fue retirado de su posición anterior, debido al desarrollo urbano y se coloca en la parte superior del almacén de la antigua 'De Kat'. El molino se vuelve a moler las materias primas, tales como tiza para hacer pigmentos para pinturas en la forma tradicional.

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    Pewter Workshop

    by lina112 Written Mar 29, 2012
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    In the eighteenth century many merchants had tea-rooms like this at the back of their houses on the river Zaan. During the summer it was used for drinking tea and relaxing. This tea-room has Rococo-ornaments. The spade on the arms is the symbol of the family who first owned this building. The garden, in the French style, gives an idea of a back-garden of a merchant house in the Zaan-Region. We didn´t have the chance to visit it but sure we will next time

    En el siglo XVIII, muchos comerciantes tenían salones de té como éste en la parte trasera de sus casas en el río Zaan. Durante el verano se utilizaba para beber té y relajarse. Este salón de té tiene adornos rococó. La pala en los brazos es el símbolo de la familia que fue el primero propiedad de este edificio. El jardín, de estilo francés, da una idea de un jardín trasero de una casa comercial en el Zaan-Región. No p udimos visitarla el día que fuimos pero seguro lo haremos.

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    Mill Museum

    by lina112 Written Mar 29, 2012

    vThe Mill museum gives an image of the rise and downfall of the mill industry. The collection shows models of oil mills, paper, peel and sawmills. It is also made clear how the miller, his servants and cabin boys worked day and night when the wind was blowing.

    El museo Molino da una imagen de la subida y la caída de la industria molinera. La colección muestra los modelos de molinos de aceite, papel, piel y aserraderos. También está claro cómo el molinero, sus siervos y grumetes trabajaron día y noche, cuando el viento soplaba.

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    Visit a HISTORIC WINDMILL

    by balhannah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Windmills @ Zaanse Schans
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    The Windmill that I visited was called DE KAT (the cat), located on the Kalverringdijk (Zaanse Schans) in Zaandam.

    The mill “de Kat”, is now an octagonal scaffolding-mill, since the partial rebuilding in 1960 to fit it up as paint-mill. The original mill was used for sifting sawdust, and it caught fire in 1782.
    After restoration, it became a dye mill as well as being used for grinding chalk.

    De Kat is the only remaining working windmill in the world which makes paint.
    Once, there were 55 dye mills.
    I clambered up the steep wooden ladder to the top, from here the views were great, although you were nearly blown away with the strong wind. The wind is needed of course for the Windmills to work, and the Miller is needed to turn the sails that are mounted on the 15 ton cap into the face of the wind. He also regulates the speed of the Windmill by means of the sails and boards.
    It really was interesting to see how they work, and to hear the moaning and groaning of the cogs as they turned.

    Cost in 2011 to go inside and climb this groaning, working Windmill is.....3 euros.
    Open from 9 - 5pm

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    Catharina Hoeve

    by Imaniac Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Catharina Hoeve is a cheesefarm that is visble for the public. In the entrance you can see how the cheese is made and in the rest of the building you can buy and sample all kinds of local cheeses and other Dutch products. And you can also get something to eat here, like a nice cheese sandwich.

    The cheesefarm is open every day from 8 to 6 in the summer and from 8:30 to 5 in winter. Admission is free.

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    Bakery Museum In de Gecroonde Duyvekater

    by dila Updated Feb 5, 2011

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    old bakery

    'In de Gecroonde Duyvekater' dating from 1658 houses a baker’s shop with a 19th century interior, a bakery with an authentic oven and living accommodation. The shop and the bakery form a surprisingly intimate bakery museum. The name of the museum originates from a famous sweet type of Zaanse bread that is still being made in the area today. The shop where traditional Dutch bakery products and sweets are sold is a donation from Koninklijke Wessanen NV. The original location of this building was Hazepad in Zaandijk. It was moved to the Zaanse Schans in 1970.
    copied all above from http://www.zaanseschans.nl/

    this time we did not miss the museum.
    you need to go into the bakkery (you can buy old kinds of candy here)
    ask the saler. pay. go inside
    Adults 1,00
    Children 4 - 11 0,50
    CJP/65+ 0,50
    Opening times look on http://www.zaanseschans.nl/

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    Mills to visite

    by dila Updated Feb 5, 2011

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    mills

    the first
    houtzaagmolen de gekroonde poelenburg . saw mill.
    second
    verfmolen de kat dye mill
    third
    oliemolen de zoeker.oil mill.
    another oil mill you can visite (not on picture further away)
    oliemolen de bonte hen oil mill
    kalverringdijk 39

    Entrance mills each
    Adults € 3,-
    Childern 6 - 12 jaar € 1,50
    Groups > 10 pers. € 2,00
    Different times and days open look on site http://www.zaanseschans.nl/

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    Oil Mill 'De Zoeker'

    by dila Updated Feb 5, 2011

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    Oil Mill 'De Zoeker' was built in 1672 in the Westzijderveld in Zaandijk. It is believed that the mill saw 62 heavy years of service as a polder drainage mill. 'De Zoeker' was used as an oil mill for a long time but ik was rebuilt as a paint mill in 1891. Ten years later it was transformed back into an oil mill and was once again able to grind oil-bearing nuts and seeds. Cocoa waste was also thought that 'De Zoeker' had come to the end of its life. In the early 1950's the Zaandijk council bought the mill, thereby protecting its future. In 1958 De Zoeker was back in business: as an oil mill.

    In 1968 the mill was spectacularly moved to the Zaanse Schans. The eighteen-ton octagonal body of the windmill was lifted by crane over power cables and a railway line and transported by boat to its present site on the eastern bank of the river Zaan. There it was set on a previously prepared base, on the site of an old windmill 'De Wind' which had been destroyed by fire. The transportation and re-location took a day and a night. A few months later 'De Zoeker' was again ready for use – grinding and pounding nuts and seeds to produce oil, the only one of its kind still producing oil using traditional methods daily.
    Above copied from http://www.zaanseschans.nl/
    picture taken from Dye mill the Kat

    Entrance
    Adults € 3,-
    Childern 6 - 12 jaar € 1,50
    Groups > 10 pers. € 2,00
    Different times and days open look on site http://www.zaanseschans.nl/

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    Saw Mill 'De Gekroonde Poelenburg'

    by dila Updated Feb 5, 2011

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    De Gekroonde Poelenburg
    sawmill build in 1868 in the Westerzijderveld named the Locomotief/ Locomotive.
    in 1904 placed to the Oosterzijderveld as replacement for the burned mill Poelenburg.
    In 1961 broken down and rebuild on the wharf from the in 1928 burned Pelmolen/ mill De Grootvorst.

    "De Gekroonde Poelenburg" was built in 1869 in Koog aan de Zaan to replace a similar mill that was destroyed to make room for the Amsterdam - Alkmaar railway line. In 1904 it was moved to Zaandam to replace another mill that had burned down in 1963 and was dismantled and moved again to its present location, the Zaanse Schans.
    Last part is copied from zaanse schans site

    KiNyA, Marko and me went in it november 2010 as there was no wind the mill didnot work so they could not saw wood.
    We went all the way up and had a nice tour :)

    Entrance
    Adults € 3,-
    Childern 6 - 12 jaar € 1,50
    Groups > 10 pers. € 2,00
    Different times and days open look on site http://www.zaanseschans.nl/

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    Verfmolen De Kat Colour mill the cat

    by dila Updated Feb 5, 2011

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    dye mill

    this is a Dye Mill it is build between 1664/1696.

    Grinds wood. Plants and roots into colouring materials for the textile industry.
    Chalk and other minerals are ground for painters.
    burned down on 27 november 1782.
    partly demolished to the platform level in 1904. rebuilt in 1960 using parts from colour mill De Duinjager.
    This last working colour mill is leased by "De Kat"company. millers and traders in natural colouring materials, binders varnishes and other artists and dyers supplies.

    Entrance
    Adults € 3,-
    Childern 6 - 12 jaar € 1,50
    Groups > 10 pers. € 2,00
    Different times and days open look on site http://www.zaanseschans.nl/

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