Dinner at Kop Van Jut signalled the end of our third day in Amsterdam. On the following day, our plan was to go to the Zaanse Schans, a functioning windmill village.
The Zaanse Schans is a quaint village built along the river Zaan. It is largely made up of green wooden houses and windmills dating from the 17th and 18th century. At present time, it functions as both a museum and a living and working area.
It was a very peaceful and calming place to be, with vast greenery to behold. There was also plenty to see. Highlights include several museums, the cheese and clog making workshop, shops selling traditional crafts and the windmills of course!
We took the opportunity to go into one of the functioning windmills while we were there. We entered an oil mill that was producing peanut oil by grinding and pounding peanuts. It was good to see how the process was carried out inside the windmill simply through the turning of the sails outside. We also managed to climb up onto the windmill’s viewing deck to get a better view of the surrounding area and a nearby windmill.
We eventually headed into the wooden clog workshop. There were plenty of clogs decorating the outside of the building which made it rather attractive. Giant-sized clogs were on the ground as well, which made for some fun photo opportunities.
Lucky for us, we followed a group of Chinese tourists into the workshop and they were getting a live demonstration of the process of carving out a clog. We watched the demonstration as well and we impressed at how easy it looked. The nice gentleman who carried out the demonstration also spoke fluent Chinese! A very interesting experience indeed.
We then proceeded into the cheese farm where various types of cheese are produced. There was a glass section in the building where the cheese-making process took place, but there was nobody working there at the time. They also had plenty of cheese for sale and to go with that, plenty of samples! We tried many different varieties while we were there!
While waiting for our pancake, we had a slice of Apple Pie for €2.75. It was an average slice of apple pie, which we just had to tide us over until our pancake was ready. Definitely no comparison to the delicious apple pie we had in Winkel.
The pancake we ordered was a Pancake with Chocolate Sauce and Whipped Cream for €9.95. The pancake was big and perfect for sharing. It was thin and light. The dark chocolate sauce went perfectly well with the whipped cream as it did not create a blend that was too sweet. Even though the pancake was big, it was so good that we felt like having another one (unfortunately, we didn’t due to stomach-space constraints).
The Zaanse Schans windmill village is definitely something that we would recommend to everyone visiting Amsterdam and The Netherlands. It was an experience like no other! There are other eateries around the village as well, but if you’re in the mood for pancakes then De Kraai will surely not disappoint! Please visit the official Zaanse Schans website for more information and De Kraai’s website for information on the pancakes.
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