Zaanse Schans Windmill was always on our list since we landed here in Netherlands 1.5 years back. It moved on top many times once any of our friends put pictures of windmill on social networking sites.
Finally on a sunny day, which is rare in Amsterdam, we planned to go there and the place was superb.
We took Connexion bus 391 from Amsterdam Central to Zaanse Schans (last stop of bus), the journey was of around 40 min. This bus runs at every 15 minutes.
There are trains(intercity/sprinter) also available from Amsterdam Central(other stations of Amsterdam as well) to Koog-Zaandijk. Train journey would be of 15-20 minutes with subsequent walk of 20 minutes to windmill site.
You can plan your journey by public transport at http://9292.nl/
Follow the crowd after getting off the bus, you don't need to ask or google search how and where to go.
The first look of windmills
While walking towards the windmill site we encountered wooden shoe shop - Dutch clog (Klompen) factory - giant wooden clog outside this shop - Pihu enjoyed a lot here
many more in all shapes, sizes, and colors hanging on the walls
Walking further was the Cheese Farm, you won't miss it - just follow your nose for the smell of cheese that wafts out of this farm.
Finally we reached to the bank of River Zaan, where the windmills are located
Name of the mills : Het Jonge Schaap ("the young sheep"), De Zoeker ("the seeker"), De Kat ("the cat"), De Gekroonde Poelenburg ("the crowned poelenburg") and De Huisman ("the houseman").
What's amazing about these windmills is that the sails can be turned to face the wind so that the mill can continue its operations throughout the day
As it was sunny day, people enjoying every bit of it by walking, cycling and running alongside of river
Beautiful old houses on the site...
We return back after spending around 3-4 hours.
Of course, there is more to Zaanse Schans than windmills, depending on your interests, you can easily spend a leisurely day exploring the various shops and factories in Zaanse Schans.
More info on history, opening hours and attractions at Zaanse Schans can be fount at http://www.dezaanseschans.nl