Zaanse Schans and Domineestuin
Zaanse Schans is the place to be if you want to see a lot of Dutch icons. Windmills, clogs, cheese, you will find it here. It’s one of the highlights of Holland and very near to Amsterdam.
Some 250 years ago this area was the first industrial site in the world with around 600 windmills producing shelves, mustard, paint, paper, oil and other products.
Nowadays the Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum, in which you feel like going back in time. There are traditional houses, of which some are still permanently inhabited. You will find a cheese- and dairy farm, an age-old grocery store. A wooden shoe workshop is also located at the Zaanse Schans. There are demonstrations of the traditional way clogs were made and you can buy your own pair of wooden shoes. But above all there are windmills. Some of these windmills are open to the public, so feel free to have a look inside.
Domineestuin (preacher’s garden)
Near the last windmill ‘De Bonte Hen’ you will find a pedestrian ferry which crosses the river Zaan. It sails daily from May 1 until September 30 from 10:00h until 17:00h. When you are on the ferry, ask the ferryman how to get to the ‘Domineestuin’. It’s a unique area with traditional houses giving you a glimpse of the traditional Dutch way of life in the 17th and 18th century. The houses are all inhabited. It’s only a 2 minute walk from the ferry and you won’t be dissapointed.
How to get to the Zaanse Schans
The Zaanse Schans is easy to reach by train from Amsterdam Central station. Take the train to Zaandijk Zaanse Schans. It’s only a 15 minute ride. From there it’s only a 10 minute walk. If you travel by car you can easily park at the site.
Please check the website of the Zaanse Schans for more information http://www.dezaanseschans.nl.