The Zaanstreek was the very first industrialized region of Europe, being the ‘motor’ behind the succes of the Dutch Golden Age. When the Dutch sailed the world, the wood of their ships was cogged by the mills of the Zaanstreek. When they imported their trade, those same mills processed all of their goods, making the Dutch economy flourish as never seen before.
For centuries the region is known for its food industry and combined innovational skills. From windmills to steam engines, to entire factories and to well-kept industrial heritage of the present day. The Zaanstreek has evolved into a hard-working region with extensive knowhow of food processing, logistics and all sorts of business services. This is why the region can be discribed as ‘typical Dutch’, adding up to its characteristic Holland ‘polder’ landscape, with windmills and ‘Zaanse’ green wooden historic houses. Thus, experiencing Holland is seeing the Zaanstreek! More on
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, 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. More on http://www.zaanseschansmuseum.nl/
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