If you have one day in the Netherlands, you should definitely visit Zaanse Schans – the village of windmills in Zaanstad. This is a small area of Zaandam town, near Zaandijk. Coming to this village, not only admire the legendary windmills, you can also learn about the traditional Dutch production such as cheese, bread, or wooden shoes.
If you ever dream of one day, you will see the windmills rotate in a sunset in the field of a small European village. Coming to Amsterdam, you will do it.
Zaanse Schans is a picturesque Dutch windmill village, located in Zaanstad – a small area of Zaandam town, near Zaandijk. This village in the north of the Netherlands is also easily accessible from the capital Amsterdam by bus.
This windmill village is very popular with tourists and is a stopover for many tours. The windmills here date from the 16th and 17th centuries. It is known that at that time there were thousands of windmills along the dikes that supported the Dutch economy by powering the saw, dyeing, oil factories, etc…
There must be a total of 35 windmills from all over the area. However, today the number of windmills has decreased due to the development of modern industry.
Zaanse Schans is one of the popular tourist attractions and an anchor of the European Industrial Heritage Route (ERIH). The area attracted about 1.6 million visitors in 2014.
Zaanse Schans has 7 museums – Textile House, Cooperative, Jisper House, Zaan Time Museum, Albert Heijn Museum Shop and Cake Museum. The entire neighborhood is a great tourist attraction.
Visiting the village, you will have the opportunity to learn about the process of making cheese from cow’s milk and taste, learn how to make wooden shoes – famous traditional Dutch products … Besides, you can visit Bread museums or places to learn about ancient windmills. Currently in the village there are only 7 windmills.
It is known that every 16 seconds, each windmill will rotate 1 round. When the wind is strong, it only takes 10 seconds. Many windmills here are 300 years old.
Not only walking around the village, exploring the above places, you can linger to take pictures, take your eyes to admire the romantic surrounding space.
When wandering arounh, you will meet “happy farm” with dairy cows grazing. Green grass fields. Traditional wooden shoes are attached to the wall of a house. Perhaps most impressive is the De Zoeker windmill, dating back to 1672 with the mission of producing oil from peanuts. You will also meet somewhere beautiful small windmills nestled beside the house.
Another way to enjoy the village is to ride a bicycle on the small streets. If not, then take a walk, then find yourself a very quiet seat to watch the sunset fall. The village is an ideal quiet spot for those looking for some peace.
Getting to this village from central Amsterdam is easy. You can go to the central station and take bus 319. This bus will cost 4 euros / way. Travel time to the village is 40 minutes. The bus will go to Zaanse Schans station – which is also the terminal. From here you walk about 3 minutes to see the beautiful windmill village appear in the fairy tale. The village is also connected to the Zaandijk Zaanse Schans railway station, 18 minutes from Amsterdam Centraal Station.