The tourist information agent in Amsterdam recommended this traditional village for us to visit. Frankly, I’ve no idea what it was but seeing the photos of the brochure that the Dutch agent handed over to us made me excited to see it.
Zaanse Schans is a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam, we took a train from Amsterdam Central Station towards Koog-Zaandijk and from there – the village was a mere 15-minute walk away. It’s lovely and so much worth it! I just hope we had more time to explore it.
The village is an open air museum giving you a glimpse of what it was like to live during the 18th century. My eyes feasted on the quaint little houses, windmills, warehouses and workshops. The whole village looks like a painting, a masterpiece – it looks too beautiful to be real.
The whole village is surrounded by a lake which makes it more relaxing and somehow gives that very laidback atmosphere. We saw a lot of people on their bikes as they explore the area. There were also a few restaurants and shops in the area.
Zaanse Schans is probably the best day trip that you can ever do just to get out from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam, it’s totally worth it.