De Zaanse Schans, the area was named after an entrenchment which was erected in 1574 to hold back Spanish troops at the beginning of the Eighty Years War between the Netherlands and Spain. People work and live in the Zaanse Scha.
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Your traditional daytrip from Amsterdam. Just 30 minutes away, you find windmills, old shops, cobbly streets etc. Perfect to take your kids, but if you like to do the untouristy thing, you can give it a miss.