Zaanse Schans: A Glimpse of Dutch History

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During my time visiting my family in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, my aunt – Sylvana invited me for a day trip to Zaanse Schans. It is a neighbourhood that hosts a collection of well-preserved windmills and houses. Since this place is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, it also has a lot of shops and museums — including the ones selling/showcasing clogs, souvenirs, cheese, spices, and bakeries/pastries.

Getting there is easy. If you’re in Amsterdam, you just need to take a train from Amsterdam Centraal to Zaandijk – Zaanse Schans and it will only take you 17 minutes. From the station, you will need to walk about 15 minutes to reach Zaanse Schans entrance. Alternatively, you can also take the Rnet-bus 391 and you can get off directly at Zaanse Schans. The bus runs every 15 minutes from Amsterdam Centraal and the journey will take 40 minutes.

The best thing about Zaanse Schans is because there is no admission fee!!! You will only need to pay if you want to go inside some of the attractions, such as the windmills. As for me and Sylvana, the only time where we had to spend money was when we had lunch at De Kraai (a pancake restaurant) and bought souvenirs (I bought 2 fridge magnets and a birthday calendar with the picture of me and my aunt as the cover). Other than that, exploring the whole area was totally free of charge.

I will stop right here and let my photos tell the story:

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Welcome to Zaanse Schans!
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This is where you can see the history and the making of those famous Dutch clogs!
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Clog Factory
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Clogs in The Making
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Clogs of The Pyrenees
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Clogs World-Wide
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Extraordinary Clogs
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Wedding Clogs
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Clogs in different sizes.
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Clogs for souvenirs?
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Another pair of giant clogs for a photoshoot!
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My auntie, Sylvana.
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I love this bakery!
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Look at that adorable dress!
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Seriously, my aunt was more of a tourist than I was, LOL!
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Neighbourhood view from Zaanse Schans.
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Countryside ambience at Zaanse Schans.
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Cute animals are around!
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…including this giant golden chicken!!!
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Me & Sylvana
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This is the birthday calendar I mentioned earlier. So the staff there will take your photo upon arrival, and before you leave the area you will be offered to bring home this calendar, ready with your photo on it. You can always skip it, of course, if you’re not interested. As for me, I liked it so I got it for 10 Euros.

What do you think of the lovely Zaanse Schans? Can you also recommend another place in the Netherlands where you can have a one-stop visit to see or experience the well-known stuff of the country? Please share your experience by leaving a comment below! 🙂

Spoiler: I will soon review another place where you can see the whole Netherlands in just 1 day! I’ll give you a hint: This place is located in Den Haag.

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