The Dutch village Zaanse Schans, located 15km from Amsterdam is an inhabited village and also kind of open museum. The 17th and 18th century well preserved houses, the ancient doc and the active windmills attract, yearly, thousands of visitors. 250 years ago, the village was an industry center with 800 windmills located in the small village area.
Nowadays, only few windmills remain and it is allowed to visit in five of it. In addition, in the open museum, the visitor can watch making of traditional wooden shows, a pewter factory, bakery, dairy farm and an ancient grocery.
Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.
Note that during winter not all the places are open to the public.