Take a short 20-minute bus ride and discover the windmill village Zaanse Schans. Experience all that is typical Dutch in just a few hours. You will learn about the process of cheese making, watch a demonstration of clog making and see working windmills, green wooden houses, and nice shops.
Upon arrival, your guide will take you on an orientation tour of the village, talk about its unique character, local history and culture, and give you insider tips about what to do and where to go. You will visit the clog museum annex wooden shoemaker shop and you will get to taste Dutch farmer cheese at the cheese farm. There will be time to further explore the village on your own.
The windmill village Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum that houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th Centuries. These buildings were important in bringing back to life the most prosperous period of the Zaan region. In its golden age, the Zaan Region developed into an industrial area on a scale never seen before with 600 active windmills, which are wooden factories powered by wind. In these small factories, many tasks were being executed with the aid of wind energy, such as wood sawing by machine, grounding spices, oil for food and paint, flour, cocoa powder, and many other things.
The prosperity in the 18th and 19th centuries can be seen in the Zaanse Schans windmill village in several ways. Alongside windmills, barns, and other buildings, you will see beautiful houses that were originally built as home to rich windmill owners and merchants. These houses have attractive facades and have been painted in traditional colors.