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    Industrial Windmills @ Zaanse Schans

    by balhannah Written Jul 1, 2009

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    One of the historic Windmills

    There are 6 Industrial Windmills located here that you can visit, all open at various times.
    The Windmills are:
    Mustard Mill (De Huisman) which is only open for sales 9-5pm Weekdays 10 -5pm Weekends
    Sawmill (De Gekroonde Poelenburg) Open Saturdays 10-5pm
    Paint Mill (De Kat) 9 -5.30pm Daily
    Oil Mill (De Zoeker) 9.30 - 5.30 Closed Saturdays
    Oil Mill ( De Bonte Hen) Open 10 - 5pm Saturday only
    Houtzaagmolen Het Jonge Schaap Open 9 - 5.30pm
    There are also 2 Smaller Windmills
    Sandstone pounding & Whetstone Mill (De Windhond)
    Pasture or Meadow Mill (De Hadel)

    All these times are for the month of May when I visited. In Winter, most Mills are open on the Weekends only, except for Jonge Schaap, which is open daily.
    The Windmills are lovely to visit, and are kept in good condition by the Windmill Society.
    The admission fee to visit a Windmill is 3 euro.

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    Visit a HISTORIC WINDMILL

    by balhannah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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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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    CHEESE FARM @ ZAANSE SCHANS

    by balhannah Updated Jul 1, 2009

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    Another interesting shop to visit, is the Cheese Farm De Catherinahoeve. This is a replica of an original farm from the village of Oostzaan. It was built in 1988 and converted into a cheese farm. Cheese making demonstrations are held throughout the day, and there are plenty of free samples for you to try.
    Open from 8 - 6pm daily
    FREE ADMISSION

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    DUTCH CLOCK MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Jul 1, 2009

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    The Clock Museum

    Located in the main street in Zaanse Schans, is the 17th century bell-gabled Clock Museum. There is a good collection of Dutch Clocks from 1500 to 1850. They are exhibited in several rooms and they are in working order.

    Closed on Mondays, but open the rest of the week from 11- 5pm
    ADMISSION 5 euros

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    BOAT TRIP ON THE RIVER ZAAN

    by balhannah Written Jul 2, 2009

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    In Zaanse Schans, if you want to, you can go for a 50minute cruise on the River Zaan. There are lovely homes, the Windmills at Zaanse Schans to view from the water, Merchant's Houses, Industry and the opening bridge. Its a real pretty area. Boats depart hourly from the dock.

    Cruises are available from 11 - 4pm daily, from April to October.
    COST 6 euros.

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    SAWMILL - De Gekroonde Poelenburg

    by balhannah Written Jul 1, 2009

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    This Mill is open to the Public and is a "Paltrok" or "postmill" This is one of the last few that can be seen today. These Windmills are different to others, in that they have a three sided open work floor. often a dark facade, and the whole body of the Milll is rotated with the aid of a great ring of rollers , to turn the sails into the wind. This Windmill was built in 1869. In 1904, it was moved to Zaadam to replace a Mill that had burnt down, and in 1963, dismantled and moved to its present location.
    Open on Saturdays 10 - 5pm
    Admission 3 euros

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    Visit the CLOGMAKER @ WOODEN SHOE WORKSHOP

    by balhannah Written Jul 1, 2009

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    The Wooden Shoe Workshop building is located near the entrance to Zaanse Schans. You can't miss it, because it has a large Yellow Clog sitting outside. Inside is a big display of Clogs that have been made through the ages. It was interesting to see all the different shapes, sizes, and decorations on the Clogs. You can also witness a Clog Making Demonstration which only takes about 15minutes to watch. A large selection of Souvenirs are in the shop also.

    Open........ March - October ( 9 - 6pm) November - February (9 - 5pm)
    Admission is FREE

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    ALBERT HEIJN GROCERY SHOP

    by balhannah Written Jul 1, 2009

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    The Grocery Shop

    This lovely little shop located in Zaanse Schan's main street, is a recreated copy of the original Albert Heijn shop in Oostzaan. Albert Heijn, was the founder of the Ahold Supermarket Emporium, its beginning began when he took over a small shop from his parents in 1887. He is now the biggest Grocer in the Netherlands. Worth a look inside to see the differences from then to today.

    Admission is FREE
    Opening times Closed on Mondays and open the rest of the week from: 10.30 - 1pm and 1.30pm - 5pm

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    RESTAURANT IN ZAANSE SCHANS

    by balhannah Updated Jul 1, 2009

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    Restaurant De Hoop

    If you want to enjoy the surroundings and a have an expensive meal, then there is a place here for you. Its a French Restaurant called "Restaurant De Hoop op d' Swarte Walvis" Too expensive for me, a 3 course set menu, 35 euros (2009) It is a nice building which has been made out of three buildings. These three buildings were a Warehouse, Merchant's House and an Orphanage that was built in 1717.

    Its open from 11 - 10pm daily.

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    'HERON'S'

    by balhannah Updated Jan 8, 2011

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    Heron at Zaanse Schans

    Wandering around Zaanse Schans I came across this Heron looking for something to eat.
    I found out that he came from Africa each year, and is very much at home between the Dykes and Windmills. They make their homes on Tiles, Chimney tops, House Roofs, Churches, they are not frightened of people.
    In Holland, the return of the Heron is a celebration, as without him, Holland may be overrun with Frogs. He loves feeding on Frogs, Grubs, Mice, Insects.
    The Dutch affectionately call him "Ooijevaar" which means "TREASURE BRINGER"

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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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    NOORDERHUIS COSTUME MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Jul 1, 2009

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    Noorderhuis Costume Museum

    This Zaanses Merchant's House was built in 1670 and opened by Queen Juliana as a Costume Museum in 1972. It is the only residence in Zaanse Schans that is open to visitors. Inside are Period Costumes and Furniture, Paintings & Artefacts which was in use in the 19th Century by a Merchant family.
    Closed on Mondays. Open the rest of the week from 10 - 5pm
    ADMISSION 1.5euros.

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    Colour Mill "De Kat"

    by piccolina Written Oct 23, 2003

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    Built in 1782. 'De Kat' (The Cat) was moved to Zaanse Schans in 1960. The visitor can see how the windmill produces pigments, used for artist's material in a historic environment.It's open to the public.
    In the pic you can see a man moving the top of the mill looking for the right wind.

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    Klompenmakerij De Zaanse Schans

    by Imaniac Written Jan 6, 2004

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    In this building you will find everything that has to do with clogs. There's an exhibition on all kinds of different clogs, including some really funny ones. You can also have a look at a clog making workshop. This is really interesting, one of the employess shows you how clogs were made. He does it by hand as well as with a machine. And f course you can also buy a pair of wooden shoes here.

    Opened every day from 8 to 6.

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    Windmills

    by piccolina Updated Sep 3, 2003

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    De Zaanse Schans, near Zaandam, is a charming windmill village, traditional Dutch wooden houses all green and white, tulip gardens, cheese farm, clog factory and craft centre.
    Zaanse Schans has a few cafes and restaurants - some more expensive than others - and the inevitable souvenir shops, though the wooden toyshop is well worth a look-see.
    The cheese farm shop is also interesting, if smelly, but take your camera to snap yourself with a traditionally dressed Dutch serving girl. It's also worth walking around the shop tasting the various cheeses on offer!

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