Zaanse Schans, Amsterdam
Favorite thing: Windmills, windmills, windmills... naturally, one must visit the windmills when in Amsterdam. Now, these 17th century structure & buildings were broken down & reassembled into an archetypal 'traditional' village in the late 50s so as to preserve the old way of life. ZAANSE SCHANS is where present day Dutch live in the cottages & do their daily tasks. Here, you'll get to see working windmills & the making of clogs.
Things to see at Zaanse Schans are:
1) The 'De Huisman' mustard mill.
2) The 'De Gecroonde Poelenburg' saw mill.
3) The 'De Kat' chalk & paint mill.
4) The 'De Bonte Hen' oil mill.
5) Old Holland cheesemakers.
6) The clockwork museum.
7) A bakery museum.
8) A clog maker's workshop.
Fondest memory: If you have not seen a traditional windmill yet, then a visit to Zaanse Schans is going to be a worthwhile experience. You've seen enough pictures of beatiful windmills, so why don't go and see the real thing itself?
See the demonstration of cheese making.
Fondest memory: Again at Zaanse Schans, you can get to see a demonstation of cheese making. After that, you can get to try different kinds of cheese. For those with the stomach for it, you should try the goat cheese. For myself, I love the smoked and garlic cheese. Don't forget to buy one back.
Make sure you visit Zaanse Schans!!!
It is like an open air museum that has some great typical Dutch places to visit - a cheese making shop, a clog making 'factory', windmills crushing seeds and other great stuff! It's the perfect place for a non Dutch person to visit!! :) Although our Dutch friends enjoyed it too...
1509 AW Zaandam
Phone: 075 6168218
On the banks of Zaan, you can check out these:
1) The 'De Bleeke Dood' floor mill.
2) The 'De Ooievaar' mill.
3) The 'De Schoolmeester' paper mill.
Favorite thing: Ohhhh...Windmills..They are so beautiful!! I visited a village called De Zaanse Schans, not far from Amsterdam where I could see lots of them.
Yes, I know - tourist trap, but its all fun! When you see a big set of clogs just lying there, of COURSE you have to clamber in and take a photo!
(That's me in the big one.)
Take a photograph of the giant clog at Zaanse Schans.
Fondest memory: Well, its one of my favorite photographs. I feel like a child again.
Favorite thing: More windmills at Zaanse Schans... Most of the windmills were operating the day we visited...it was great to see them!
The clog factory at Zaanse Schans... :)
It was interesting to see the 'high heeled' clogs, 'sandle' clogs, 'designer' clogs etc. Who would have thought?!! :)