Daily Village Walk
When you arrive I welcome you as Kaatje Slagter and explain the name Zaanse Schans. Together we visit the local grocery store and I treat you to some Dutch licorice. While you admire the lovely wooden houses and hear about their history, we walk to the wooden shoe factory to see how clogs are made. A typical Dutch symbol, even though they originally come from France! After trying on a pair, it is time to taste some delicious cheese at the Henri Willig cheese farm. Most visitors come to the Zaanse Schans to see the windmills. And you should not leave without visiting one, so I give you plenty of time to do that. The Zaan region is the oldest industrial area of Western Europe. Once over 600 mills were active at the same time.
Call it the arrogance of a Mayor’s wife if you want but I personally feel that the highlight of the Zaanse Schans tour is a visit to my house. Private homes are normally not open to the public, so this is a unique opportunity you cannot miss out on. Inside the Mayor’s Mansion, I offer tea, lemonade, and typical Dutch cookies. A short documentary shows the history of the house and the Zaan region.
After some last photos, it is time to say goodbye. What a great day in the Dutch countryside!
Included: theatrical walk, Albert Heijn grocery store and visit to the Mayor’s Mansion with tea, lemonade and Dutch cookies.
Period: all year round, every day at 10.30 am
Languages: Spoken in English.
Printed translations in Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian and Chinese.