Coffee and Dinner

For breakfast we started our day at our favourite place next to the hotel. I love watching the bicycles just seem to glide by, lots of ducking and weaving but never any crashes.

I think I’ve mentioned before that the hotel is slightly out of town but has great transport links to everything. Being a modern building there are no worries about narrow and steep staircases that are common in Amsterdam

Hotel near Amstel Station

We have seen a lot of theses tiny tiny “cars” everywhere. Apparently they are only for people who are someway mobility impaired. They can drive them on bike paths and park them on footpaths.

Here is a pic of the train we took today up to Zannse Schans.

For dinner tonight we went back to the same restaurant just on the water near our hotel. Nice little building. Emma had the biggest pizza I’ve ever seen I think and it was only €10

Zaanse Schans For the Day

We doubled down on our Dutch culture today and headed slightly north west of the city to a little town called Zaanse Schans. Over the past 50 years many old buildings and windmills have been relocated here from other parts of the Netherlands and it’s become a bit of a tourist Mecca.

There are at least 4 working windmills here, making oils, grinding grain and colours for dye and paint or cutting timber. There is also a clog maker, bakers, spinners, multiple mini museums and a boat cruise you can do which takes about 30 minutes. The mill grinding paint dye is the only one left in the world making them this traditional way

We started by purchasing a boat cruise ticket (€10 each) then bought a ticket that granted us entry to 4 windmills and their museums (family ticket €24).

Going inside a working windmill is quite amazing. During the 17th, 18th and half of the 19th century until steam power became widely available these were the most powerful machines on the planet, and apparently the Zannse area of Holland was the most industrial part of the world with so many windmills. Nowadays what one linseed oil windmill can grind and produce in a year, a modern factory can do in 10 minutes.

Grinding down pigment for paint
Some of the timber drive gears
Heating grain to remove linseed oil
Electronic mouse that pops out and freaks you out when you pass
Dutch cheese making
Weaving loom to make traditional sail cloth
Traditional weavers house
Clog factory
Clogs and more clogs
Chicken in the cheese shop!
The bakery there does delicious pastries
Some of the houses seen from the water

Getting to Zannse Schans was easy. You can get a bus from Centraal station, but that takes an hour. It’s less than 30 minutes of you get a train to Zanndijk Zannse Schans station. It cost us €10 per person direct from where we are staying at Amstel station. From the station it’s about a 10 minute walk to the centre of the village

We were there on a Monday and it was quite busy. It would be packed on a weekend. I wouldn’t bother getting there any earlier than 10am as that was when most things started to open. I

Dutch Kitch