The Zaanse Schans, one of those images everyone has before coming to the Netherlands. Or to Amsterdam, since many foreigners unfortunately still think it’s the same 😉 Oh, if you even knew how much cool stuff there is out here you’re missing out on!
Anyway, the Zaanse Schans is indeed very beautiful! Very touristy, but definitely worth a visit I’d say. We went there on a sunny day.
Entering the Zaanse Schans area, you can climb to a small viewpoint. Which is definitely worth it! Because the Netherlands are so flat, you get a great look at the surroundings. A lot of the famous mills are right in front of you.
Seeing all the beautiful mills and the traditional houses, including a lot of shops and tourists, you’d almost forget this isn’t a museum! It’s actually a place where people still live! Not much of them, around 24, but still. Can you imagine getting hundreds of thousands of tourists a year right at your front door?! Well, you also get the amazing view at the mills 😉
The people on the other side of the water also have a great view on the windmills. And we get a great view on their traditional houses! A lot of wood is used, as you see with much green. Very beautiful.
Check this picture all the way to the left! Yup, the Zaanse Schans windmills are not the only ones in the surroundings 😉
Inside the little shops, you’ll find a lot of Dutch childhood memories. Like the cacao! World famous of course, and something reminding of the dark winters back in the days. When your mama made warm milk with cacao and sugar. Hmmm… good memories!
And one final goodbye! As you can see, there are a lot of typical clouds in the sky. Really the skies as you might know them from the Dutch paintings. It has to do with our climate, the salt sea and the sky over the land. But don’t ask me how it is exactly 😉 I just know we do have a little less ‘Dutch Skies’ since the southern sea was closed up and became sweet. So enjoy them while they’re there 😀