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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cheese Factory besides demonstrating the traditional manufacture of cheese, also has a vast varity of cheeses on display and for sale.
Mid morning it was very busy. Also available at a reasonable price are prepared cheese rolls.
The Zaanse Schans also offers; several fascinating museums, restaurants and even the possibility of taking a boat trip on the river.
The Zaanse Schans is open daily throughout the year.