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Zaanse Schans, on the out­skirts of Am­s­ter­dam in North­ern Hol­land, is a quaint set­tle­ment of­fer­ing a sneak peek into Dutch ru­ral life with wind­mills and houses stand­ing tall from yore.

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The Zaanse Schans en­com­passes seven mu­se­ums and var­i­ous hand­i­craft fac­to­ries that show how raw ma­te­ri­als were pro­cured and then pro­cessed

The Zaanse Schans gets its name from the river Zaan and its orig­i­nal func­tion as a sconce (schans in Dutch) against the Span­ish troops dur­ing the Eighty Years’ War of Dutch In­de­pen­dence. It is now an open res­i­den­tial area ex­hibit­ing the Dutch lifestyle from the 18th and 19th cen­turies.

Inge Kroo­nen­berg, Man­ager Mar­ket­ing & PR, Zaanse Schans, de­tails the im­por­tance this set­tle­ment holds in the de­pic­tion of Dutch his­tory and cul­ture. “The Zaanse Schans is un­doubt­edly one of the most pic­turesque places in the Nether­lands. An 18th and 19th cen­tury liv­ing and work­ing com­mu­nity, the Zaanse Schans is a unique Dutch her­itage site that im­pres­sively show­cases the golden age of the Zaan re­gion — Western Europe’s very first in­dus­trial area,” she says. Kroo­nen­berg in­forms that the houses, shops, barns and wind­mills were moved here in the 1960s and 70s. The build­ings came from all over the Zaan re­gion, trans­ported here by road us­ing huge cranes or by wa­ter, us­ing spe­cial pon­toons.

The Zaanse Schans en­com­passes seven mu­se­ums and var­i­ous hand­i­craft fac­to­ries that show how raw ma­te­ri­als were pro­cured and then pro­cessed into the ev­ery­day things used by the Dutch. See how a piece of wood gets trans­formed into a clog, how bar­rels were made in the an­cient times and see a lo­cal weave sails used on Dutch boats. For the con­nois­seurs with finer palates, there is a choco­late mu­seum, a cheese mu­seum and a bak­ery mu­seum.

As far as vis­i­tor num­bers are con­cerned, China is their big­gest mar­ket in Asia. Kroo­nen­berg says, “In 2015, 24 per cent of our 1.9 mil­lion vis­i­tors came from China/ Tai­wan/Hong Kong and 11 per cent come from the rest of Asia (in­clud­ing India).” Also, the Zaanse Schans as a foun­da­tion cur­rently has no trade part­ners in India. How­ever, some of the com­pa­nies who work with them re­cently vis­ited Asia "to close some deals.”

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