There is more to see in this gorgeous city and its surroundings than you think. You just have to look for it.
If you are here for a long weekend or a short break leave Amsterdam for a little and discover the Netherlands.
At only a short drive there is the Zaanse Schans which you can easily access with public transport.
It is a part of the city of Zaandam. It has a collection of well-preserved historic windmills and houses. Creating a representation of what a Dutch village was like back in the 18th & 19th century.
From 1961 to 1974 old buildings from all over the Zaanstreek were relocated using lowboy trailers to the area. Now you get a chance to see a windmill from inside, learn how clogs are made, visit a cheese factory and more all in one spot.
Not only does it lend itself for some amazing pictures it also is a nice little hike when the weather is good. If you want to experience Dutch nature and landscape this is the perfect route.
Next to de Zaanse Schans you will also find het Zaans Museum which is worth a visit holding both an art collection and a history of Zaandam. You can experience how to make cookies and chocolate back in the old days.
When you walk around you might smell a distinctive sweet smell. If you are wondering what it is; it’s the smell of chocolate. There are five active chocolate factories at work here.
How to get there?
From the back part of Central Station catch bus 391 to Zaanse Schans. Its max a 40 min ride and around €4. At the final stop its just a 2 min walk.