Those who tour Amsterdam usually pay a visit to the revamped Leidseplein Square, the Van Gogh Museum, and the windmills and museums in the city. Zaanse Schans is one such place that attracts a lot of tourists from all over the globe.
Situated in Northern Netherlands, Zaanse Schans is a village with a medieval feel featuring handicraft and the culture of the Dutch. Getting there from Amsterdam Central Station is an easy task by the tube in about 20 minutes and the nearest station to the village is Zaandijk Zaanse Schan. When you leave the train, you may need to walk further 15 minutes just as you discover the pristine beauty of Zaanse Schans on the way.
When in the land of the Zaan River, you can see two sawmills and oil mills, a mustard mill, and the dye mill, which all use wind as their main energy resource. Each of the windmills operates on different working days and hours in Zaanse Schans, so make it a point to know the schedule beforehand if you want to visit a specific one. One windmill can be visited given a Zaanse Schans Card but to make the most of the village, you might need to spends a few Euros.
Once featuring up to thousands of windmills, the medieval village now features a handful of which still enchants visitors from all over the globe to the Dutch province. The windmills in Zaanse Schans are world-famous, and even be at par with the UNESCO Heritage Site at Kinderdijk. However, Zaanse Schans has more to offer to those who want to tour Amsterdam to its fullest, like the Wooden Shoe Workshop featuring feet clogs made of Wood.
Also known as the Zaanse Schans Clog Workshop, this is a free museum that recycles the history of wooden shoes and features ‘klompen’ makers at work. Try putting on a pair of klompen and you can get the same feel, which the Dutch Farmers felt in the ancient times. When you go to the Northern Province, tasting the cheese is another fun activity to be tried at least once in a lifetime.
If you have more time available, help yourselves to the Catharina-Hoeve where there are demonstrations held each day regarding how cheese is made in Zaanse Schans. To cap off the memorable day from Amsterdam central in perfect fashion, pay a visit to the Albert Heijn Shop and enjoy a few cookies.