If you want to see the essence of the Dutch culture, go and see Zaanse Schans - It is only a short way from Amsterdam. Here are a few typical things to do:
• Try on Dutch clogs
• Buy some cheese and enjoy!
• Visit the windmills
A visit to the windmills could be very crowded so, if you would prefer silence along with an empty view – then visit in the early hours of the morning!
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