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“Watch Wooden Shoes Being Made” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans
Schansend 1, 1509 AW Zaandam, The Netherlands
31 75 6810000
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Private Tour: Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Zaandam
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This open air museum recreates a Dutch village with wooden houses and windmills dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Buckhorn, Canada
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“Watch Wooden Shoes Being Made”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We had a terrific visit to this experiential museum which includes era homes, costumes and a working wooden shoe (klompen) factory. We watched as the man made a pair of wooden shoes by starting with let's say the left shoe. He then takes another block of Canadian Poplar and puts it in a lathe. The action for cutting the new shoe is similar to cutting keys. The new shoe is made while a cam follow the original shoe and cuts the new one. Thereby you get two shoes the same size. I bought a pair and find them remarkably comfortable. Make sure you leave two fingers of extra size at the end of the shoe or they will rub. Food, atmosphere and educational opportunities excel here. Enjoy your visit.

Visited April 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Different kind of experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

This place offered a different kind of experience rather than the usual big city feel. Windmills all along the river offering nice views and is as Dutch as it can get. We went early in the morning when the area was quiet and walked around the few shops offering souvenirs and clogs. Either take Bus 391 from Amsterdam Central or take the train for 30 mins and walk for another 10-15 minutes to reach the place with the windmills.

Visited December 2013
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Kusadasi, Turkey
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“A must in Holland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

It's a well-kept and lovely village. The windmills, old factories, green fields, beautiful country houses, and nice cafes make this place a nice sightseeing option. When you're there, don't forget to visit wooden shoe workshop. The only problem was about the toilets - not very clean !!

Visited January 2014
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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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“Stunning Dutch View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

this is the 'real' dutch place where ~6 beautiful traditional Dutch wind mills are lined up along the Zaan river. You have the possibility to go into the windmills and experience the still working ones which produce dyestuff, flour, etc. If good weather is encountered, stay till the sunset will give you extra chances to take fantastic pictures. When you are tired, there are a few cafe and restaurant which allow you to restore energy and mood, looking into the window of the restaurant and enjoying excellent views on both sides of the river. Boat tours and museums are also accessible and well organized. It is definitely to visit, except for some unfriendly teenagers trying to scare me when I was taking photos (because I am Chinese I guess). But most villagers are very friendly.

Visited February 2014
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“Zaanse Schans Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Unique experience of visiting Zaanse Schans. Just catch bus no 391 from Amsterdam Central station, twin return bus ticket for 2 adults costed us 14 Euro's, 45 mins bus drive and you are at Zaanse Schans. Beautiful river, old historic wind mills, experience of tasting and purchasing different types of cheese, making your own chocklate or chocklate drink, etc. You can be back within 4 hrs to Centraal station.

Visited January 2014
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