Photo Gallery: Stunning Zaanse Schans

The Zaanse Schans is a neighbourhood of Zaandam, near Zaandijk in the municipality of Zaanstad in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.

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It is definitely one of the highlights of the Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam.

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Here you can experience vibrant and stunning living community that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

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It’s packed with wooden windmills, barns, houses and museums and built in the typically Dutch wooden architectural style, relocated here piece by piece since 1961.

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The Zaanse Schans will easily fill half a day – there is so much to see, taste, smell and experience.

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You can take a walk through the stunning buildings and the unique peat meadow landscape, watch traditional crafts such as clog- and cheese-making and visit the windmills and traditional buildings.

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Additionally, you can take a boat trip, dine in one of the restaurants or explore the shops and boutiques.

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How do you like Zaanse Schans? Would you like to spend here one afternoon?

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  • Jess @UsedYorkCity October 23, 2014, 9:32 pm

    I would LOVE to spend an afternoon there, what gorgeous images! Those little clogs with red hearts are the sweetest!

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    • Agness Walewinder October 24, 2014, 7:02 am

      I hope you can make it there soon <3!!

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  • Stef October 24, 2014, 2:43 am

    What an idyllic place, I’d love to spend an afternoon there!

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    • Agness Walewinder October 24, 2014, 7:02 am

      I absolutely loved there! <3

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  • Renuka October 24, 2014, 7:26 am

    Beautiful place! It is definitely a place that I would like to explore. The little shoes look so pretty. :)

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    • Agness Walewinder October 25, 2014, 9:57 am

      Thank you!! :*

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  • Franca October 24, 2014, 8:55 am

    Shame we didn’t make it there whilst in The Netherlands, it means that we have to return at some point, it looks too pretty not to!

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    • Agness Walewinder October 25, 2014, 9:57 am

      Maybe next time!

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  • [email protected]'s Travelgram October 24, 2014, 9:02 am

    I love small towns allure and Zaanse Schans looks postcard perfect!

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    • Agness Walewinder October 25, 2014, 9:56 am

      It is!! :)

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  • Charlie Marchant October 24, 2014, 12:04 pm

    Gorgeous windmills, and I love your arty shots of clogs. The weather looks super clear. Is it cold?

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    • Agness Walewinder October 25, 2014, 9:55 am

      Thank you. It is not that cold at all. On that day it was very nice and sunny.

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  • Emily October 24, 2014, 12:55 pm

    I love all the windmills! I hope to get to Holland and explore more of the country!

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    • Agness Walewinder October 25, 2014, 9:54 am

      Me too! I love them a lot :).

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  • Constance - Foreign Sanctuary October 24, 2014, 1:18 pm

    What a beautiful place to explore! I love all the colorful buildings and all the windmills. And I can’t forget the beautiful clogs!!

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    • Agness Walewinder October 25, 2014, 9:50 am

      Oh, thank you!!

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  • RealGunners October 24, 2014, 1:44 pm

    I thought I recognized those windmills and the river, I’ve been here before many years ago! We went to the Woodenshoe workshop and got a live demonstration on how to make those shoes from a horny Dutch man :D
    Beautiful beautiful place!

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    • Agness Walewinder October 25, 2014, 9:50 am

      Have you?!? That’s a wonderful place!

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  • Vanessa @ The Travelling Colognian October 24, 2014, 2:00 pm

    I had no idea that such a lovely place is so close to my home country and town. Another place to add to my list, I should definitely visit Zaanse Schans in the future. Your photos are beautiful, Agness, thank you so much for sharing.

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    • Agness Walewinder October 25, 2014, 9:49 am

      Definitely!!

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  • Rich - RichyFeet October 24, 2014, 8:02 pm

    The Zaans in the Zaan in the Zaan in the Zaan! Haha. Amazing photos Agness, love it! Glad you’re enjoying Holland so much :)

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    • Agness Walewinder October 25, 2014, 9:46 am

      Thank you Rich!!

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  • Miriam of Adventurous Miriam October 25, 2014, 11:16 am

    I would love to! The windmills, wooden clogs and tulips are just so significant for Holland and I love when a place has a strong identity and heritage. I’d go there in a heartbeat.

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    • Agness Walewinder October 27, 2014, 3:58 pm

      I’m totally in love with windmills!

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  • Laura October 25, 2014, 4:48 pm

    Windmills, tulips, clogs – everything I’d want to see on a trip to the Netherlands! What a great place to spend an afternoon.

    Laura
    Sometime Traveller

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  • Heather October 25, 2014, 6:22 pm

    This place looks so charming! I love all the windmills and wooden shoes – classic Holland!

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    • Agness Walewinder October 27, 2014, 3:57 pm

      It’s wonderful!!

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  • Arti October 26, 2014, 3:10 pm

    Wow! Such a beautiful little place, everything looks so colorful and well maintained. I would definitely love to spend an evening or two there!! Lovely photographs :)

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    • Agness Walewinder October 27, 2014, 3:56 pm

      Thanks Arti! :)

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  • Michelle October 26, 2014, 4:11 pm

    I’ve been there before! it’s such a cute place and even though it’s close to Amsterdam, is completely different! Very Dutch! :)

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  • Nichelle October 27, 2014, 10:39 am

    Great photos! I love those wooden windmills, especially seeing them blown by the wind.

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    • Agness Walewinder October 27, 2014, 3:52 pm

      Thanks!!!

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  • Becky Padmore October 27, 2014, 10:53 am

    Love the windmills and the clogs so gorgeous!

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    • Agness Walewinder October 27, 2014, 3:47 pm

      I loved them too!!

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  • Escape Hunter October 27, 2014, 12:12 pm

    Ah, those wooden slippers! :)
    So funny, not quite like air filled sports shoes. Jogging in them must feel like torture.
    Loved those beautiful windmills!

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    • Agness Walewinder October 27, 2014, 3:47 pm

      I loved them the most, actually.

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  • Catherine October 27, 2014, 3:32 pm

    This place looks beautiful, and very Dutch! Love all the windmills and clogs, and would love to have the chance to try some cheese-making!

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    • Agness Walewinder October 27, 2014, 3:46 pm

      Oh, thank you!

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  • Tim | UrbanDuniya October 28, 2014, 11:34 am

    I’d LOVE to go there!! Looks like Holland in a nutshell – windmills and clogs please!! :D

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    • Agness Walewinder October 29, 2014, 8:10 pm

      Thanks Tim! It’s a wonderful place <3!

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  • Mian November 3, 2014, 4:45 pm

    Haha.. The goat is completely out of the Box. Haha… Nice shots, keep sharing!

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  • rebecca November 3, 2014, 10:32 pm

    loving the coat and clog pics :)

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  • Katie Featherstone November 4, 2014, 2:11 pm

    Beautiful windmills and traditional houses. I love your photo of the goat too!

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  • Mike | Earthdrifter November 4, 2014, 4:22 pm

    Looks like a nice little place to relax and get away from it all.

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  • Kathryn Burrington November 5, 2014, 8:22 am

    Looks like a wonderful place to explore and photograph. I’ve only ever been to Amsterdam but hopefully I’ll get further afeild next time I visit.

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    • Agness Walewinder November 9, 2014, 6:37 pm

      It is so stunning!!

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  • Rashmi November 5, 2014, 9:59 am

    Stunning landscape!!

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    • Agness Walewinder November 9, 2014, 6:36 pm

      Thank you!

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  • Natasha Amar November 6, 2014, 12:32 pm

    Looks like a lovely place to walk around in and spend an afternoon.
    Nice photos!

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    • Agness Walewinder November 9, 2014, 6:36 pm

      It was so wonderful!

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  • Taylor Hearts Travel November 18, 2014, 1:32 pm

    Cute pics! Looks lovely – especially the cute clogs :)

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    • Agness Walewinder November 19, 2014, 9:38 pm

      I know. I totally love them!

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