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Lovely Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans landscape: beautiful green houses and one small canal
Zaanse Schans

I couldn't leave Netherlands without visiting the famous windmills of Zaanse Schans, so close to Amsterdam. This lovely place is one of the main tourist attractions in the country and in Amsterdam it's possible to find several tours for sale, but it is very easy to visit this historic village without these tours.

How to get to Zaanse Schans:

By Train: The nearest railway station is Zaandijk – Zaanse Schans. This station can be reached by local train from Amsterdam Central Station in 17 minutes. When you leave the train station you will find a big map with several walking routes across the points of interest. You just need to walk a few minutes and you will arrive at Zaanse Schans. I used the train and I strongly recommend it. The ticket costs 7,20€ (round trip). 
TrainTicket from Amsterdam to Zaandam Train Station
Ticket to Zaandam Train Station - 7,20€ (round trip)
By Bus: The Rnet-bus 391 runs from Amsterdam Central Station every 15 minutes to the Zaanse Schans. The trip takes 40 minutes. For more information:

Why is it worth to visit this place?

What you see today on the Zaanse Schans is how a living and working community in the Zaan district looked at mid-19th century, at the start of the industrial revolution: farmsteads, paths, wooden houses, warehouses and windmills, ditches and fields.
Zaanse Schans is truly charming. Here you can find great photo opportunities, windmills, green wooden houses, endless panoramas, traditional Dutch crafts, some museums, a great cheese farm and many charming shops and restaurants.
Various animals at Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm
Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm

The interior of Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm
Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm
If you are a cheese lover you will adore this town. As you approach Zaanse Schans you will feel an intense cheese smell due to one of Henri Willig's cheese farms. Henri Willig is a a producer of Dutch cheese specialities and the most well-known is Baby Gouda. When visiting this farm you will be able to taste free samples of several cheese specialities.
Lots of cheese at Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm
Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm

Zaanse Schans landscape: beautiful river and windmills
View from the bridge

As you can see from the photos, when I visited Zaanse Schans the weather was cloudy and very cold. I believe that in the spring this village becomes even more beautiful but in winter it has also its charm.
tradicional factory of the famous wooden shoes
Zaanse Schans tradicional factory

Zaanse Schans typical house, wooden made
Zaanse Schans typical house

Zaanse Schans landscape: the river and the beautiful houses
Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans lanscape: the lake and some ducks
Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans landscape: a beautiful wooden house by the river
Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans windmills during a foggy day
Zaanse Schans
So, if during your visit to Amsterdam you have time to visit Zaanse Schans do not hesitate, take the train and enjoy this unique environment.
Zaanse Schans windmill near the river
Zaanse Schans



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