This windmill is still used to produce musterd. It is once of the most wellknown Dutch musterds, called Zaanse Musterd. It's a course musterd, like the French Dyon. Because the windmill is still in use, you can't visit it. But you can go to the shop that's also part of the windmill, to buy some of the musterd. The windmill itself was built in the late 18th century.
The shop is opened all year from 8 to 5, with a 1 hour lunch break at noon. And in weekends they open at 10.
CHANGED INTO A SHOP. INFO CENTRE IS NOW IN THE ZAANS MUSEUM
This Information Centre is situated in a former warehouse for corn and rice dating back to the beginning of the 18th century and all the information on the Zaanse schans, the windmills, the museums, the workshops and the restaurants can be obtained there. On the first floor you will find a comprehensive exhibition on the history and the background of the Zaanse schans. Guided tours and pre-made arrangements are also available from the visitor's centre.
info centre is open
from 8.30 till 17.00/17.30
picture taken from bridge on the way to zaanse schans. the information centre is on the other end of the park.
De Kat is one of the windmills at the Zaanse Schans.
At 11 januari 1646 Adriaan Gerritsz. van Someren got the right to catch the wind, and built oil mill De Kat at the Kalverringdijk.
In 1782 the windmill burnt down, and shortly after that it was rebuilt. In 1904 it was torn down to its foundation.
In 1696 a sniff mill was built by Adam Jansz. Duijn at the Oostzijderveld. In 1781 this mill, De Duinjager, was destroyed by fire and rebuilt. In may 1960 De Duinjager had to move because Zaandam was expanding its living area and wanted to built houses here. The top of De Duinjager was placed on what remained of the De Kat. And the combination of the two started a new life as a dye mill.
This mill can be visited for only 2 Euro you can see how the color for paint is made.
Once there were over 200 sawmills in the area of the Zaan. The first ones came in 1614-1618. Today only two are left, De Gekroonde Poelenburg is one of them.
Mill sawing started with Cornelis Czn van Uitgeest. He didn't invent the windmill, but he came up with the system to have a crankshaft move a sawblade up and down in 1604. This invention got a 10 year patent.
So it took untill 1614 to have the first boost of sawmills.
De laatstgenoemde houtzaagmolen dankt zijn naam aan de eerste eigenaar Pieter Jochemsz. Poelenburg. Overigens is de nu bestaande molen niet het exemplaar dat Pieter Poelenburg ooit aan de Gouw in het oostelijk deel van Zaandam bouwde. De molen die wij nu kennen als De Gekroonde Poelenburg is eigenlijk De Locomotief, een bereisde Roel onder de paltrokken.
De Gekroonde Poelenburg was built in 1869 in Koog aan de Zaan. The railroad caused it to move in 1904 to a spot in eastern Zaandam. In 1963 he was moved again this time to the Zaanse Schans
The windmill can be visited from 14.00 - 17.00. Entrance fee 2 Euro.
This place isn't the original shop were Albert Heijn started his shop and from where it developed into the multinational Ahold, but it gives an impression of how such a shop would have looked like in the 19th century.
The shop is opened from march to oktober every day between 10-13 and 14-17. From november -february the shop is only open in the weekends between 11-13 and 14-16.
One highlight of your tour to Zaanse Schans will be a tour inside "de Zoeker", the name of the oldest active windmill used for making vegetable oil. De Zoeker ("The Seeker" in Dutch) was originally constructed in 1672.
You can observe the entire milling process from the two large stone wheels to the heavy wooden pole pile-driver that ultimately squeezes out the oil. Everything is moving by wind power and it's fun to hear all the loud noises it makes.
After this tour, you will appreciate even more all of the remaining windmills that you see in Holland.
The best way to go to the Zaanse is Schans is by train, or you can park you car at the trainstation, because you have to pay a lot of money at the parkingspot near the museum.
The museum is about 10 minutes walk from the station.
When you walk across the bridge this is the first you see, actually it is a picture of the houses near the museum, I liked the vicinity very much
To create the present windmill, two windmills - De Huisman and Het Indisch Welvaren - and paperwarehouse were used. The paperwarehouse already stood here at the Kalverringdijk, Both windmills were located elsewhere in Zaandam. They had to move in order for Zaandam to expand. The old Huisman was moved in 1955 and the other windmill two years later.
Since 1961 windmill De Huisman is used to make the famous Zaanse Mustard
The windmill can not be visited, but there is mustard for sale.
This is a very very tiny place and though we came really close to entering it, we didn´´t manage to actually visit it. We were still outside enjoying ourselves with trying on a pair of huge clogs when 3 or 4 people passed us and entered. After that it looked positively overcrowded. So we decided to come back later, thinking we would still have time before going to Edam. And we never came back here..
So one day i have to go back to the Zaanse Schans just to visit this place..
This mill you´ll find just before you cross the bridge to the Zaanse Schans if you´re walking from the trainstation. Its name ´de bleeke dood´ means the pale death. No idea why it is called that way but it may have something to do with the fact that it´s original purpose was a flour-mill.
It was build in 1656 and untill 1931 it was a windmill. After that it became an electronic mill and the wings were dismantled. In 1950 it was restored to its original state
This mill was build probably in 1786. Originally its purpose was to produce snuff.
In 1956 the mill was transported to the Zaanse Schans and put on top of a barn called ´de Haan´
Nowadays the mill produces Mustard.
Unfortunately it isn´t open for visits. So the only way to see something of the mill is to watch from the half-open door through the little shop
A rather unique mill since there aren't many mills left of this kind of construction. To place the mill in the wind, the whole body of the mill is turned. In Dutch the name of this kind of mill is paltrokmolen and it refers to the pfalzrok, a long cloak used by people in the Pfalz.
In the old warehouse Vreede ](Peace)you will find a clogmaker. The old warehouse is a copy of a warehouse from Westzaan. It is located here at the Zaanse Schans since 1983.
There is a small museum with clogs of all kinds and uses. Working clogs, marriage clogs and so on....
There are also regular demonstrations in how clogs are made. And ofcourse this is the place to buy your souvenir clogs. But be aware the prices are high. If you want to buy some delftblue clogs they are twice as much as you pay in Amsterdam. (1 Euro here 10 for 5 Euro in Amsterdam) And normal clogs can be bought cheaper elsewere too.
The entrance is free.
This windmill is probably from 1693. In 1935 the top was taken off. In 1973 the foundation De Zaansche Molen bought it and restored it in 5 years. It is now a fully working oilmill again.
Normally on saterday from 10.00 to 16.00 , but on other days you can visit when the mill is working.
Church clogs from Hindelopen (1675)
These wooden shoes are more than 300 years old, dating back to the period of early Hindeloopen folk art. At that time religion determined the lives of the people, more so than it does now
even footwear was decorated with biblical images. In this case the right clog shows "the lost son in grief"and the left
"the lost son in splendour.
this is official tekst from the sign near the clogs.