Located about a 15 minutes train ride from Amsterdam is a Dutch city, Zaandam, that hosts every Netherlands iconic image from windmills to wooden shoe making shops and we had to visit! They have an open-air museum where you can walk around windmills and historic houses.
To get to the open-air Museum Zaanse Schans, we took the “Sprinter” train towards Uitgeest and got off at the Koog-Zaandijk station. We then walked about 10 minutes to the Zaanse Schans Open Air Museum.
It was a rainy day but we were determined to make the most of the day.
Clogs, or wooden shoes, are known as klompen in Dutch, and they have been used in the Netherlands since medieval times. If you imagine hoards of Dutch people click-clacking around in wooden shoes across the canals and cobbled streets of the Netherlands, I’m afraid I must burst your bubble. The only clogs you’ll see in Dutch cities these days are brightly painted tourist shop editions.
A moment where the setting, or what’s happening is just so surreal, that it would be great for Instagram.
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