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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.