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Glorious Dutch Windmills At Zaanse Schans Park In Holland

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The most popular tourist attraction in Holland is by far the Zaanse Schans in Zaandam, its a postcard view of beautiful Dutch windmills situated on a dike at river zaan.

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One of Holland's top tourist destinations. The Zaanse Schans is a delightful village on the banks of the river Zaan with characteristic green wooden houses, charming stylized gardens, small hump-backed bridges, tradesmen's workshops, historic windmills and engaging little shops.

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This enchanting village has been lovingly established by relocating local houses, windmills, storehouses and barns to form a remarkable replica of a typical Zaanse village of the seventeenth and eighteenth century.

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Apart from the cluster of windmills, characteristic wooden houses and delightful shops to visit, there are intriguing traditional Dutch crafts such as wooden shoes, pewter and cheese making.

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We visited the Cheese Factory soon after we arrived. It is located just past the Museum and several hundred metres before you come to the first major windmill.

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The Cheese Factory besides demonstrating the traditional manufacture of cheese, also has a vast varity of cheeses on display and for sale.

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Mid morning it was very busy. Also available at a reasonable price are prepared cheese rolls.

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The Zaanse Schans also offers; several fascinating museums, restaurants and even the possibility of taking a boat trip on the river. 

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The Zaanse Schans is open daily throughout the year.

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