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Zaanse Schans, 40 minutes from Amsterdam Central station by bus is a windmill village. Here you get an impression of the Dutch way of life in the 17th and 18th centuries with its working windmill and authentic village houses.
From the front of Amsterdam Central Station, walk straight to the back, take the escalator up to the bus stops. Take bus no 391 and you will want to drop-off in-front of Zaanse Schans museum. The bus driver will inform where it is. Then walk through the museum car park to the village entrance. There is no entry fee to enter the windmill village. The windmills itself are photo spots in their own right.
On the day of our visit, arriving before 10 a.m. there were already many tourist buses and the place was jammed pack with tourist. Zaanse Schans is purely a commercial tourist attraction. However, by 11.30 a.m. the crowd begins to taper off.
Amsterdam Central Station bus stop.
Welkom to Zaanse Schans. The museum car park and museum to the right.
10 buses (more out of the photo frame) at the back row, another 10 buses (more) in the front row. A number more by the road side. Multiply this by 45 passengers each and you’ll get a multi-national behavioral headache.
Returning from Zaanse Schans we went straight to Bloemenmarkt or in english it means flower market. This flower market is the only floating flower market in the world. The flower stalls stand on the houseboats. This area consists of an alley with 15 florist.
From Amsterdam Central Station you can take tram nos. 1,2 or 5 and get off at Koningsplein stop which is just a few meters away. The stalls here mainly sells flowers and all things flowers. Be it cut flowers, dried flowers, bulbs, flower related souvenirs right up to Cannabis starter kit if you are interested.
The first stall as you come from Koningsplein stop.
Shoppers at Bloemenmarkt.
Bloemenmarkt, an alley with 15 florist stalls.
All things flowers sold at Bloemenmarkt.
Decorative dried flowers hanging from the ceiling.
If live tulips are not your thing, how about wooden ones?
Or how about trying your hands on cultivating your own Cannabis. Small starter pack for €3 only.
Our next place of visit which happens to be on the same tram line from Bloemenmarkt is Van Gogh Museum. You take tram nos 1 or 5 and get off at Van Baerlestraat stop. Advanced entrance ticket for Van Gogh can be purchase here. Holders of advanced ticket will be accorded immediate entry. You do need to leave your jacket, backpack and what not at the allocated counter. Cameras are not allowed in Van Gogh museum. I am not a lover of art but Van Gogh paintings using stoke techniques got me interested in his works.
Van Gogh museum. If you’re on one of the unlucky days, the huge queue for tickets can spill onto the side-walk. Credit: Panoramio
No, no, no. No cameras in Van Gogh museum remember? These portraits were not photographed inside Van Gogh museum. They were taken at Keukenhof where there was a section themed, Van Gogh.
Fanatics of Van Gogh’s work of arts, can purchase all things Van Gogh at the museum gift shop located on the ground floor. Go to this page to know what else is on sale.
‘The Sunflower’ on sale.
‘Blossoming Almond Tree’ was inspired by the color of my T-shirt. Van Gogh owe me royalty.
Became a model for Van Gogh’s apron, tote bag & pencil-case. Sales commission for me ?