Headed to Zaanse Schans? Don’t miss

Zaanse Schans is a village with authentic wooden houses, windmills, a wooden shoe workshop, cheese factory, and more crafts that give an accurate impression of life in the Netherlands in the 18th and 19th centuries. The windmills of Zaanse Schans are a beautiful tourist attraction in the Netherlands 
Zaanse Schans is a lovely village with a virtually unpronounceable name on the banks of the Zaan River, in the province of North Holland, famous for holding a collection of well-preserved historic windmills and houses dating back to 18th and 19th century.

A heavenly smell of chocolate and waffles waft over you as you pass through the entrance, and it is easy to imagine you have stepped back in time as you walk between green Zaan-style houses. I actually tried to see where the strong smell of chocolate was coming from, and guess what? There’s a Willy-Wonka-like Chocolate factory in Zaandam! Not only that, I found out that Claude Monet lived in Zaandam for months, where he found inspiration and painted 25 pieces. What an awesome city.

It’s a very special place, and it is delightful just to walk around the waterfront looking at the cute houses, tiny bridges, open fields and of course, the windmills. Read more HERE
Photo by CamelKW on flickr

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