We spent half a day in Zaanse Schans, the most iconic town in the Netherlands…there were windmills everywhere!
There are tours that stop at Zaanse Schans as well as other towns, but we decided to take the bus, as we had already participated in a couple day tours. The bus fare was about €10 per person (round trip) and it took a little over an hour to get there from Amsterdam.
A couple minute’s walk led us to the entrance of the town:
There are 12 windmills in total, and each produces its own product. Some grind chocolate, others grind wheat, etc. It’s interesting because you can actually smell what’s being ground in each just a few yards away.
You can learn a lot of history from a short visit and experience traditional Dutch culture. Zaanse Schans was a unique little town, but I have to admit it was a bit touristy. That shouldn’t, of course, stop anyone from going, because I believe seeing Dutch windmills is a must for any trip to the Netherlands!