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Travel back to 15th century Holland at Zaanse Schans

Where? You may ask.

This little neighbourhood in Zaandam (about 40 minutes by local bus north of Amsterdam) is home to a collection of authentic wooden windmills, barns, houses and museums that date back to the 15th and 16th centuries.

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Connexxion bus 391 departs from Amsterdam Centraal bus station (behind the railway station) and takes roughly 40 minutes with a return ticket costing €10.

You can spend half a day at Zaanse Schans if you take your time to see the windmills, which are spread out along the river bank and there’s also clog and cheese-making demonstrations. The whole area is free of charge and only a couple of Euro for some of the windmills. It’s a cheap thing to see out if you want to escape the city and great on a sunny day, as you can see by my photographs.

I also did a stop over in Den Haag on my way back to Rotterdam so there’s photos in the gallery of the Dutch Parliament building.

 

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