The largest open-air windmill museum in the world

In the Netherlands, just 20 kilometers away from Amsterdam, there is a small village known as Zaanse Schans, which is also referred to as the "Dutch Windmill Museum". It attracts nearly 1 million visitors every year from all over Europe and serves as a residential area with open-air preserved buildings and museums.

Windmill Village

Feature 1: Visiting experience inside windmills. Today at the Zaanse Schans Windmill Village, there are eight ancient windmills built from the 16th to 19th century. Unlike elsewhere where you can only see the windmills from afar, here at Zaanse Schans, you can finally enter the inside of the windmills to explore their structures and even climb up to the platform on top to enjoy the view. In addition, inside one of the dyeing windmills, there are displays of windmill models from the 18th century onwards, as well as interactive virtual experiences for added fun. Feature 2: Wooden shoe workshop visiting experience. Wooden shoes, or clogs, are one of the national symbols of the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, wooden shoes are also a token of engagement and have become a must-buy souvenir for tourists. They are also precious gifts given to heads of state and dignitaries from various countries. In Zaanse Schans Windmill Village, there is a wooden shoe museum where you can visit and experience the craftsmanship of making wooden shoes, see clogs with iron accessories like "ice cream clogs," horse clogs, "artistic" clogs, and clogs from many countries. Feature 3: Cheese factory visiting experience. Dutch cheese has an international reputation as the "Cheese Country." The windmill village sells handcrafted cheeses of various flavors, including unique flavors such as garlic and onion. They are mouthwatering. In addition to cheese, there are also honey, soy sauce, garlic sauce, Dutch biscuits, and more, making them great souvenirs. Feature 4: Museum visiting experience. In Zaanse Schans Windmill Village, there are many special museums that are great places to learn about the history and culture of the region and even the Netherlands as a whole. For example, the Dutch Human Body Museum is a science museum where you can learn about the internal structure of the human body, understand major human organs and tissues, and see incredibly realistic model scenes.