Zaanse Schans: A Fairy Tale Town Just Outside Amsterdam

Zaanse Schans: A Fairy Tale Town Just Outside Amsterdam, Zaandam, Netherlands (B)

Gulliver Travel! Did you like those stories, Dear Reader? Personally, I really enjoyed the first part where Gulliver finds himself as a prisoner on an island ruled by a tiny Lilliputian people. Back in my childhood I imagined them walking around their small squares with small monuments in the middle, relaxing in their small cherished gardens and sitting on their small benches. And, though, Lilliput country isn’t for us to discover, there is something that can make us feel otherwise. Well, with a little bit of imagination of course.

Just 20 minutes away from the wonderful Amsterdam there is a place called Zaanse Schans. It’s probably the most iconic place for seeing and admiring the famous wooden Dutch windmills. I’m pretty sure that you have seen those windmills once, or twice in your lifetime, but, if that was only on the internet then you have no idea what a magical atmosphere is waiting for you there.

To be fair, if not that short distance from Amsterdam, we would have probably never visited Zaanse Schans. Back then we understood that we’re going to see one of the most symbolic Dutch places, but we had no idea that we will find more than windmills there1. And those unexpected findings overcame our expectations about the place in 100 percent! ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Zaanse Schans: A Fairy Tale Town Just Outside Amsterdam
Guide Location: Netherlands » Zaandam
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Paulius Bakanauskas
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Zaans Museum
  • Albert Heijn Grocery Shop
  • Zaan Time Museum
  • Bakery Museum