Zaanse Schans is one of the gems of the Netherlands ..!!!
What makes Zaanse Schans special
Zaanse Schans is a unique historical site based in the Netherlands, just outside of Amsterdam. This place is special to me as every time I walk around this village it gives me a sense of peace and allows me to admire nature’s beauty more and more.
From the heritage standpoint, Zaanse Schans is a living museum that preserves and showcases Dutch cultural heritage. This place provides insight into past life background during the 18th and 19th centuries. This place not only provides a glimpse into the past life but also allows visitors to experience traditional Dutch life.
Zaanse Schans is famous for its well-preserved windmills, some of which are still operational. These windmills were once used for various industrial purposes, such as grinding spices, producing oil, and sawing timber. The site has historic wooden houses many of which have been relocated from other parts of the Netherlands and restored. These buildings give visitors a sense of what life was like in a traditional Dutch village.
Zaanse Schans is also home to skilled artisans and craftspeople who continue to practice traditional crafts, such as clog-making, cheese-making, and chocolate-making. The site is set in a scenic landscape along the Zaan River, surrounded by lush greenery and scenic countryside. Makes it an ideal picnic spot while enjoying the beautiful views.
Things to do in Zaanse Schans
Explore the Windmills:
As I mentioned earlier this place is famous for its windmills and these iconic windmills create a very beautiful backdrop to any picture. Some of these windmills are still operational today. You can take guided tours of the windmills to learn about their history and see how they were used for activities like grinding grain, sawing timber, and making oil. The De Kat windmill, known for producing pigments, is a popular choice. Visitors can explore the inside of some windmills and witness demonstrations of how they work.
Visit the Museums:
The village has a variety of museums that offer insights into Dutch traditions and crafts. The Zaans Museum provides a comprehensive look at the region’s history, including its industrial heritage and the development of the cocoa and chocolate industry. Don’t miss the Weaver’s House and the Albert Heijn Museum Shop.
With each one of us having a smartphone in our life why not use it for some beautiful shots? Zaanse Schans is a photographer’s dream with its iconic windmills, historic buildings, and charming canals. Be sure to capture the beauty of the village from various angles.
Take a Canal Cruise
Explore the village from the water by taking a canal cruise. This allows you to see the windmills, historic buildings, and picturesque landscapes from a unique perspective
Souvenirs and Dutch Delicacies
The site has numerous souvenir shops. This village is an excellent place to shop for Dutch souvenirs, including Delftware pottery, wooden tulips, Dutch-themed gifts, and, of course, cheese and clogs.
How to reach Zaanse Schans
In case you are simply seeking a peaceful day trip from Amsterdam Zaanse Schans is in close proximity to the city making it a popular day trip destination. Zaanse Schans is located just a short train or bus ride away from Amsterdam making it easily accessible to tourists. The closest train station is Zaandijk – Zaanse Schans. And if you can drive this place is quite accessible for parking. For old age people or handicapped people, I suggest using a mobility scooter to move around the place.
I strongly recommend checking details on their website before you plan your travel. Click here to check the official website.
Best time to visit Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans is beautiful to visit anytime in 12 months. So whenever you plan a vacation to the Netherlands you must include Zaanse Schans in your schedule.
Usually, summer is the best time to visit this place as on a sunny day Zaanse Schans has an exceptionally different glow. Avoid rainy days if possible. Also, it matters what time of the day you pick to visit Zaanse Schans.
During summer this place tends to get very crowded and you may have to stand in a long queue for everything. If you plan to visit early in the morning or late in the evening it looks very beautiful as it is less crowded and gives you better chances for photography. But on the other hand shops and information center will be closed in odd hours.
Not all attractions are open every day, but most of the places are open from 9:00 AM -05:00 PM.
What to eat at Zaanse Schans
Cheese Tasting: Dutch cheese is famous worldwide, and you can enjoy cheese tastings at the local cheese farms. Learn about the cheese-making process and savor various types of Dutch cheese, including Gouda and Edam. Zaanse Schans is surrounded by cheese farms and shops. Sample a variety of Dutch cheeses, including Gouda, Edam, and Maasdam, at the local cheese markets and stores. Some even offer cheese tastings.
Poffertjes & Stroopwafels: These are mini, fluffy pancakes, usually served with powdered sugar and butter. They are a sweet delight and often a favorite among visitors. Stroopwafels are thin, sweet waffle cookies filled with a delicious caramel-like syrup. They are available in various sizes, and you can often find freshly made ones in Zaanse Schans.
Pancakes (Pannenkoeken): Dutch pancakes are thinner and larger than American pancakes. They can be served with various toppings, such as syrup, powdered sugar, apples, or bacon.
Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea at one of the charming cafes in Zaanse Schans. Pair it with some Dutch treats like speculaas (spiced cookies) or with a slice of Dutch apple pie.
Overall, Zaanse Schans is unique because it provides a rich and immersive experience of Dutch history and culture in a beautiful and easily accessible setting. It allows visitors to step back in time and appreciate the traditions and craft skills integral to Dutch identity.
I hope all the information in this blog will help you plan your trip to Zaanse Schans. Please do post your comments and experience in the comment section below would love to hear from each one of you.
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