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Zaanse Schans Holland : Eurotrip Day 8!

Zaanse Schans is a windmill village where you can see traditional windmills just a short ride from Amsterdam Central Station. In the past, there were many windmills along this bank but because of industrialisation, many windmills wound up and left. There was subsequently a movement to preserve these traditional windmills and today there are still 6 windmills that are working. Of these, only the spice mill is free. Entry for the paint mill and oil mill costs 3Euro. This post will detail our day trip from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans!

We have done up a separate post on how to get to Zaanse Schans. On the way there, we had a kiwi orange juice and chocolate waffle for 1Euro each!

Kiwi Orange and Chocolate Waffle for breakfast
Kiwi Orange and Chocolate Waffle for breakfast

Before we get to see the old traditional windmills of Zaanse Schans, we were thrilled to be greeted by the modern windmills in Holland!

Modern Windmills The Netherlands
Modern Windmills The Netherlands

We arrived at the Koog Zaandijk Station and we saw this sign that told us that we were at the right place…

Zaanse Schans Sign @ Koog Zaandijk Station
Zaanse Schans Sign @ Koog Zaandijk Station

Outside the station, we got a brochure from a machine that looks like this

Machine that dispenses Tourist Information @ Zaanse Schans
Machine that dispenses Tourist Information @ Zaanse Schans

The walk from the train station to Zaanse Schans is about 10 minutes. Along the way, the air is filled with the smell of cocoa! We realised that there’s a ADM Cocoa Factory @ Zaanse Schans!

ADM Cocoa Factory Zaanse Schans
ADM Cocoa Factory Zaanse Schans

Before long, we saw our very first windmill…

First windmill we saw along the way
First windmill we saw along the way

We then crossed a bridge spanning the Zaan River before reaching Zaanse Schans. This video shows the splendid view at Zaanse Schans as seen from the bridge (notice the smoking chimney, it’s ADM Cocoa!)


Zaanse Schans – Windmills and Great Views!

We were then greeted by the welcome sign

Welcome to Zaanse Schans!
Welcome to Zaanse Schans!

As we entered the village, we immediately felt that we were transported back in time. Back to a more laid back era, a time where things were much slower, more peaceful and serene. All the views suddenly became picturesque…

Splendid Views at Zaanse Schans

Canals of Zaanse Schans
Canals of Zaanse Schans

First few cottages @ Zaanse Schans
First few cottages @ Zaanse Schans

Garden Walkway
Garden Walkway

Draw Bridge near Zaanse Schans Square
Draw Bridge near Zaanse Schans Square


Amazing views at Zaanse Schans!

We then noticed a huge yellow thingy from afar and we walked towards it. As it turned out, we arrived at the Wooden Shoe Workshop @ Zaanse Schans!

Wooden Shoe (Clogs) Workshop Zaanse Schans
Wooden Shoe (Clogs) Workshop Zaanse Schans

As we entered the workshop, we were greeted by displays of clogs from all around the world, clogs past and present as well as intricate clogs made by grooms for their brides!

Wedding Clogs made by grooms for their brides
Wedding Clogs made by grooms for their brides

We happened to enter the workshop at the same time as a group of tourists from Hongkong. Hence, there was a clog making demonstration that we sat in to watch…


Clog Making Demonstration @ Zaanse Schans

After the demonstration, we browsed through the mesmorising array of clogs on display!

Many designs of clogs on sale!
Many designs of clogs on sale!

We also visited the cheese farm and also tried some cheese…

Cheese Making Cottage Zaanse Schans
Cheese Making Cottage Zaanse Schans

After making our way past the village at Zaanse Schans, we finally reached the traditional windmills!

Zaanse Schans Windmills

Spice Traditional Windmill @ Zaanse Schans
Spice Traditional Windmill @ Zaanse Schans

Inside the spice windmill, the spices were indeed cheaper (well at least when compared to the prices we know). There were also many different spices to choose from as well!

Spices from the Spice Windmill
Spices from the Spice Windmill

Before long, we came upon the view that we came here for…

Windmills @ Zaanse Schans
Windmills @ Zaanse Schans

Isnt this view just breathtaking? We also passed by the colour pigment, timber and oil windmills. Only the spice windmill is free entry, the other windmills costs 3Euro for entry…

3Euro Entry fee to the Colour Pigment Windmill
3Euro Entry fee to the Colour Pigment Windmill

Colour Pigment Windmill
Colour Pigment Windmill

Timber Windmill
Timber Windmill

Oil Windmill
Oil Windmill

Before we left, we entered the oldest Albert Heijn in the Netherlands @ Zaanse Schans and had a cuppa there…

Oldest Albert Heijn in the Netherlands since 1887
Oldest Albert Heijn in the Netherlands since 1887


Coffee Exposition with Coffee Machine inside Albert Heijn

You can also grab some souvenirs at the souvenir shop!

Cosy Miffy Display @ Souvenir Shop
Cosy Miffy Display @ Souvenir Shop

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Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

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All in all, this day trip to Zaanse Schans was SUPER WORTH IT! Do check out our other post on things to do in Zaanse Schans for an overview of what to do there. If you are in Amsterdam, we strongly recommend this trip to see what the Netherlands is famous for and to experience the laid back village life @ Zaanse Schans!

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