As it appears Amsterdam is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in the last couple of years. If you ever find yourself in town, but want to escape the hectic business of the most populous municipality of the Netherlands, the Village Museum Zaanse Schans is a great alternative (although it’s getting more and more popular – with more than a million visits per year).
What to see at Zaanse Schans
The small village is best known of its well-preserved historic houses and wind-mills (breathtaking if you ask me). There are number of house museums that offer unique glimpse into locals well preserved traditions. From yellow, smelly cheese tasting at the Catharina Hoeve cheese farm, to trying out the wooden clogs at the De Zaanse Schans Clog Workshop, one thing is certain – you won’t get bored.
My grandma had a pair of old clogs hanging around the house when I was growing up. So, when my best-friend cousin and I got bored playing dolls and detectives, we used to slip into her enormous wooden clogs and pretend we knew how to walk on wood. Experience, my feet still remember up to this day (in a good way).
How to get to Zaanse Schans?
Many choose to get there via organized travel, but you can travel there by car or train.
If you use the train-hop on the Amsterdam’s Central Station and travel to ‘’Koog-Zaandijk’’. From there you’ll have to walk for around 8-10 min. A good sign to follow are the windmills.