Zaanse Schans

Last Friday, I visited the Zaanse Schans which is a typisch Nederlands place. It has windmills, cheese, wooden shoes, boats, and of course water.

Zaans Schans

Originally, during the 18th and 19th century, the Zaanse Schans was an industrial area with around 600 windmills. Windmills were used more than for just milling grain. The Dutch also ground pigments for paint, oil (or extracted it rather), spices, cocoa, and even sawed wood.

Oliemolen or Oil Mill
Oliemolen or Oil Mill
De Kat is a mill that made pigments for paints.
De Kat is a mill that made pigments for paints.

De Kat

Later, old houses were moved to the Zaanse Schans to be preserved.

Oud huis
Oud huis met brug
Tuin met oude huizen

Now there are museums too. I visited the Klompenmakerij and a kaasboerderij.

Kaasboerderij or dairy
Klompenmakerij: where they make wooden clogs or klompen
Klompenmaker making wooden clogs.
Klompenmaker making wooden clogs.

I took lots more pictures which you can check out here if you are interested.