People say you haven’t visited Netherlands if you haven’t see the actual windmill that is the icon of this country. So as I happened to visit Amsterdam, I set aside some time to visit the well-preserved historic windmill in Zaanse Schans, a quiet yet lovely neighborhood in Zaandam, Netherlands. And let me tell you, the place quite literarily blew me away.
Being the lazy travelers (maybe tourist is a more suitable word then) that we were, my friend and I decided to join a tour package offered by a tour service that will take us to Zaanse Schans with no fuss and all. But! Again, no travel story is without drama, we took too much time getting ready and we missed the tour bus by a minute! Grrr..screw you westerners and your punctuality *eyes-rolled*. I, particularly, was pretty bummed because in order to buy this tour ticket the previous day I had to get my wallet pickpocketed, so needless to say moods were ruined.
But hey, don’t let one tiny little mishap ruin your holiday. So we headed up to Amsterdam Centraal and took the bus to Volendam and Zaanse Schans, the places that would be visited by the tour we missed. As it turned out it was not that hard to figure out a way to get to those places by ourselves, it’s just slightly less convenient. It’s because we had to take one bus to get to Volendam, go back to Amsterdam Centraal, and take another bus to Zaanse Schans. Phew, I know! But it was all worth it. The place was mesmerizing.
And did I mention that this place quite literarily blew me away? Yup, because not only it was freezing cold but man, the wind blew so hard as you would witness in my next photos. No wonder, the Dutch place their windmills here.
See? The wind blew so hard it was almost impossible to get proper pictures! We had a great time nevertheless. They served really nice hot chocolate too 🙂
How to get there?
As I have mentioned before, simply go to Amsterdam Centraal and purchase the bus ticket for around €5-8 (I forgot, sorry!) and the journey only took 30 mins top. Get off at the last stop and the windmills can be already seen from there. Or again, if you’re feeling lazy you can always join the tour, just make sure you arrive on time 😉
Looking forward to hearing your Zaanse Schans stories!