Zaanse Schans village | Netherlands

Zaanse Schans village in the Netherlands at sunrise.

Whilst visiting Amsterdam, we had to get up early for at least one our mornings to visit the incredible and charming Zaanse Schans.

Gustavo told us that this area is supposedly a “fake village” and that there were no residents, so we made the best use of our visit – making as much noise as we desired. When the sun was up, a young man came out of the house you see above, complaining about the noise. I suppose it must be really disappointing to live in the most popular house in the Netherlands.

If you want to see the essence of the Dutch culture, go and see Zaanse Schans – It is only a short way from Amsterdam. Here are a few typical things to do:

  • Try on Dutch clogs
  • Buy some cheese and enjoy!
  • Visit the windmills

A visit to the windmills could be very crowded so, if you would prefer silence along with an empty view – then visit in the early hours of the morning!

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