It was our last day in Amsterdam and we decided to venture out of the city for a bit. I wanted to visit one of the open air museums and we decided on Zaanse Schans. It's about a 15 minute train ride and then a 15 minute walk to the museum from Amsterdam.
Unlike the other museums, this is an open-air museum. It almost feels like you are visiting a small countryside town. They have re-created a 17th century Dutch town and is devoted to the traditional lifestyle along the Zaan. Zaan was once lined with hundreds of windmills. Today it's heavily industrialized and houses a giant corporate chocolate factory.
I'll now let the pictures speak for the place.
|A typical windmill as you enter the town|
|Sid posing in front of the windmill|
|Plenty of tourists just rent bikes and bike around the museum|
|The lush green scenery|
|Picture perfect, straight from a fairy tale|
We toured one of the several old fashioned windmills. This particular one was used for grinding the spices. Try to choose a windmill that is spinning, that ways you will be able to see more action inside.
This man selling delicious gelato caught my attention. His cart was small but full of colorful objects. The two brass lids are huge pots where he keeps the gelato. The gelato was creamy and simply delicious!!
|The gelato cart|
|Sid, tries his hand on these, finally after a few attempts manages to perfectly balance on it :)|
|At the cheese making museum|
|Spotted this cute post on the way|
|A live band entertaining the crowd|
There are not very many food options at the museum. In fact to be precise there might be only two places to eat. We decided to try the De Hoop op d'Swarte Walvis. They have beautiful outdoor seating and an ambitiously priced menu. The food is nothing to rave about, but it's probably the best you will get out there.
|Outdoor seating at the restaurant|
The best experience about this outdoor dining was the live music. Every few minutes there were boats and boats of sailors singing out loud. It was so much fun to watch them. What a festive feeling :) I've never quite experienced something like this and loved it!! Here is a small video:
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Zaanse Schans and would highly recommend it if you are visiting Amsterdam. It's unique, fun and a very Dutch experience!!