Zaanse Schans and Alkmaar
The historic city of Alkmaar has 1000 monuments, narrow cobbled streets with ancient buildings. From April to September you can experience the cheese market on the Waagplein every Friday from 10 am. The cheese carriers in their white suits with straw hats weigh the cheeses, inspect the quality and negotiate the price with a “hand clap”.
The Zaanse Schans is one of the most beautiful parts of the Netherlands. You can easily spend half a day on the Schans. This region, the oldest industrial area in Western Europe, once housed more than six hundred mills. Twenty pairs of blades are still rotating on the Zaanse Schans. You can visit the old, working wooden mills. These mills saw wood and grind oil, flour, spices and dyes.