Zaanse Schans by drone is insanely beautiful: photo & video report

Windmills are one of the most quintessential and stereotypical accents to the Netherlands (alongside clogs, smoking weed, stroopwafels, and unrivalled architecture of course!).

While there are about a thousand of them in all of the Netherlands, one of the best places to see windmills is undoubtedly Zaanse Schans.

Zaanse Schans is a neighbourhood in Zaandam, a quiet Dutch city near Amsterdam that boasts some of the most picturesque windmills in the Netherlands. The town attracts over one million visitors a year and you’re about to see why.

To bring you these awe-inspiring shots of Zaanse Schans and its windmills, we’ve teamed up with the talented Dutch photographer Ewout Pahud.

This dreamy video was captured on a misty morning:

The foggy mornings make for epic drone shots.

Image: @ewout.pahud

Image: @ewout.pahud

Windmills weren’t just used to grind flour but also to dry waterlogged land the Dutch reclaimed from the sea.

Image: @ewout.pahud

Alluring spider web with a picturesque background.

Image: @ewout.pahud

Sunset time! Wouldn’t meandering along these windmills be so peaceful?

Image: @ewout.pahud

Image: @ewout.pahud

Incredible shots, huh? If you want to enjoy more beautiful Dutch scenery, check out Ewout Pahud on his Instagram.

Have you seen the typical Dutch windmills? What’s your favourite Dutch scenery? Let us know in the comments below!

Feature Image: Ewoud Pahud/Supplied
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in September 2019, and was fully updated in March 2021 for your reading pleasure.

Freya Sawbridge
Freya was born in Edinburgh but raised in New Zealand (cue every person she meets saying “oh I have always wanted to go there but it’s so far away!”). A restless and curious nature has led her to move countries 5 times in the last 3 years in attempt to find a place she can call home. She contacted DutchReview on a whim and arrived in the Netherlands in summer 2019 to start her internship.

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  1. Wow! what a great piece of aerial photography. These photos should be winning awards. I love these Zaanse Schans windmill shots. It makes me feel to visit this place at least once in my lifetime. Anyways, thanks for bringing these photos to life, and credit goes to Ewout Pahud as well.


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