Summer holidays are round the corner. Where to go? I used to visit the Netherlands very often, so I have a soft spot for this place. A very interesting country, both as far as the architecture is concerned and the national mentality. One of the popular tourist attractions is Zaanse Museum in Zaanse Schans.
The museum is situated not far from Amsterdam. We parked the car in Zaandijk, and then went on foot through the bridge over the river Zaan to Zaanse Schans. When you drive through the bridge you cannot capture the view with your camera 🙂
In 1961 old houses and windmills from the area began to be relocated to Zaanse Schans, and the life of the Dutch from 17th and 18th century can now be re-lived.
Characteristic little houses and bridges over canals or rivers:
Even those very old windmills, which have been time-bitten:
Zaanse Schans has several buildings which are actually museums: The Weavers House, the Cooperage, The Jisper House, Zaan Time Museum, Albert Heijn Museumshop and Bakery Museum.
There are also animals here, which do not want to be fed:
Cats, used to tourists, do not pay any attention to anyone:
Windmills, windmills, windmills… in every size. We have shown some big ones, now it is turn for the small ones:
Apart from the omnipresent Dutch clogs, I have found Pinocchio 🙂 in a shop window, a beautiful statue in a garden and… a skeleton!
Zaanse Schans is one of the sites of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.