"What a place for a VT meeting !!" Top 5 Page for this destination Zaanse Schans by tompt

Zaanse Schans Travel Guide: 158 reviews and 716 photos

Working in the area (Zaandam) for 18 years the last thing i want to do on a sunday is visiting the Zaanse Schans. But then there was this VT meeting, and we thought why not? The Zaanse Schans is an open air museum filled with the green painted wood you see all over the Zaanstad area. Houses were all painted green and most them still are.

The Zaanse Schans was named after an entrenchment (schans in dutch) erected in 1574 to hold back Spanish troops at the beginning of the 80 Years War between the Netherlands and Spain. People work and live in the Zaanse Schans, and show us a situation characteristic of the landscape of this industrial district until late 19th century.

What to see at the Zaanse Schans?

Well beside the windmills there is a cheesefarm, a clogmaker, the oldest grocery of Albert Heyn ( a famous dutch supermarket chain, originally from this area), a bakery museum and much, much more.
The windmills all have a different function, one is a paintmill, another a mustardmill.

A large number of the attendees of the VT meeting in march 2004.
Left to right:
Peter - Dannie - Gonnie - Lenny - Sonja - Rudy - Roy - Rosalba - Diana - David and sitting on the ground: Ilse.
Not in the picture: Jos?, Marcel and Tom

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  • Last visit to Zaanse Schans: Mar 2004
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  • abvideo's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2006 at 7:00 AM

    nice tip about the bakery museum !

  • arlequin_g's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2005 at 2:34 AM

    Excellent page. I had the pleasure to visit this amazing place some years ago and it has been great to recall my visit seing your web.

  • swings's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2004 at 6:43 AM

    What beautiful pictures and great descriptions... and so timely, too; I'll be headed that way tomorrow! Thanks for the tips...w

  • MATIM's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2004 at 5:49 AM

    Great, great, great, boy did I had a GREAT time :-)) It is about time I am gone start my Zaanse schans page!

  • Imaniac's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2004 at 1:55 AM

    Hey Tom, Hey Gonnie. It was great meeting up with you guys again. Next stop Maastricht??? Great pics & tips btw.


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