Took a day trip from Amsterdam down to Zaanse Schans to watch the pretty windmills that are famed for! These windmills cannot be missed when in Holland. They may look like a tiny speck from afar but my, were they immense!

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En route, I fell in the love with the row of white-tapestry houses.


All the houses here are green! This little area full of traditional Dutch houses reminded me of being transported into a Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs era, somehow. It looked so free of pollution, so serene. Even the air here smells purer.

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Rows and rows of candies!

Went into shops selling traditional Dutch candies.


Bought this gingerbread cookie coated with chocolate (picture below) and I absolutely LOVE IT. I can’t seem to find it anywhere else. Could anyone enlighten me? I can’t even manage to find the name for this cookie. The only thing the shopkeeper told me was that they are little coins distributed to children during the Christmas season as little treats.

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Museums in the little houses showing clog-making and cheese-making in the pictures below. I finally understood why clogs are iconic in Holland.

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Read: Best Day Trips from Amsterdam for a Memorable Dutch Holiday

How to get to Zaanse Schans

The nearest station is Koog-Zaandijk. The train from Amsterdam Central Station takes 17 minutes. Zaanse Schans is just a 15-minute walk away.

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Read: What’s Famous in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Isabel Leong

Isabel Leong

An explorer at heart, the world is Isabel's playground. She enjoys seizing every moment exploring every hideout and doing the unimaginable, like bungee jumping in Phuket and couchsurfing in Europe. If she had wings, she’d definitely be soaring right now. Also a fitness trainer, if she’s not at the gym, you can find her doing yoga or rock climbing! Read more about her on


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