A Restored & Replicated Dutch Town

In focus for today’s #TravelerTuesday is Zaanse Schans in Netherlands.


After visiting Kinderdijk, Netherlands I was averse to visiting this place because of two reasons. A) I doubted it would live up to the beauty and the kind of experience I had at Kinderdijk and B ) I was pretty sure that it would be very similar to the former. However I was pleasantly surprised by what this little town offered. Other than the quintessential windmills, this 18-19th century restored and replicated town also has cafés, souvenir shops, a cheese factory +shop which tells the history of the cheese making in the country, and even a clogs shop. It has everything that the Dutch country is famous for at one place! This photo is taken outside the clogs shops at Zaanse Schans, and just like the many colours on this wall, the town is colourfully splashed with many beautiful things, natural as well as man-made. Reaching there from Rotterdam takes a two hour train ride, followed by a fifteen minute walk to the site, but when the first windmill comes into sight perched at the bank of the river Zaans, you’ll realise that the long travel was all worth it. The Zaanse Schans is truely a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. Make a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops or treat yourself at one of the many cafes. A day out at the Zaanse Schans in North Holland is fun as well educational. I’d recommend visiting it, irrespective of whether you’ve been to Kinderdijk.

Pro tip : Leave early for your visit because everything in around twob shuts at 5 pm (keep the commute time in mind too)

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