About the Ancient Village of the NetherlandsOne of the mandatory sites of the Netherlands is only 20 kilometers from the center of Amsterdam. This is the Dutch village of Zaanse Schans, a 17th-century village with an amazing collection of windmills, restored and picturesque houses, swans, wooden houses, ducks, barns, workshops and artist workshops, just like the old days.
Zaanse Schans became an open museum, where you can learn about the 17th century Netherlands. There is a large concentration of active wind stations that can be accessed for 4-6 euros. In addition, a collection of village houses which are also traditional shops, allows the existence of this special place with free entry for tourists.
Millions of visitors visit the picturesque village that has become a village of artists every year and was declared in the Netherlands as a national project for the preservation of Dutch rural history, culture and traditions. There are dozens of craftsmen and artists who create and manufacture traditional products in the style of the old Netherlands.
The highlight of the trip is what is expected, those that produce the Dutch wooden shoes, such as Klompenmakerij, the wooden boot factory, where you can watch free of charge the demonstration of the manufacturing of clogs made of poplar wood.
It takes about 20 minutes to get here from Amsterdam. A round trip ticket costs about 8 euros per person.