Tourism Blogs 荷兰《世界旅游画报》记者

Back to my days as tourguide! Currently I am writing blogs with touristic information for the Chinese website World Tourism Pictorial. Visiting Holland and in need of a tourguide? I would love to show you around!

回到我的日子作为导游!目前,我正在为中国网站“世界旅游画报”撰写具有旅游资料的博客。访问荷兰,需要导游?我很想告诉你们!

The Zaanse Schans

Windmill village The Zaanse Schans is a world famous tourist attraction in the north of the Netherlands. This idyllic little neighbourhood in Zaandam depicts a Dutch village around 1750.

The initiative of the Zaanse Schans started in the 1960s as an attempt to preserve wooden historic windmills and houses. While economic growth in the 50’s and 60’s made way for many factories and apartment buildings, a dedicated group of local residents worried that the authentic houses and neighbourhoods would disappear completely. That is when the Zaanse Schans was founded, and historic windmills and wooden  houses where transported by large trucks to their new destination. The reserve turned out to be one of the most popular tourist attraction of the Netherlands, with 1,8 million visitors in 2016. One of the unique features of this neighbourhood is that most houses are inhabited and the area is not only open to the tourists, but also to commuting locals, who, like me, have added the Zaanse Schans to their favourite biking route! The Zaanse Schans is particularly beautiful in the evening hours, when the streets grow silent and a Dickens-like scenery appears. I highly recommend the bed and breakfasts’ on the Schans and the boat tour from Amsterdam to the Zaanse Schans.

The Zaanse Schans by night

Wooden houses, old and new

Traditional 17th century houses are still to be found in the Netherlands. The picture below shows a traditional wooden house, probably built around 1700. The prosperity of the Dutch Golden Age (17th century) gave rise to stone buildings for merchants. Large warehouses and marketplaces were constructed, where before only, older churches and castles were made of stone. Yet, labourers still lived in wooden houses, at times with a facade made of stone, just to show off. Modern architecture took a swing a the turn of the century and brought us totally new buildings inspired by these green, authentic wooden houses. For instance the world famous Hotel Inntel in Zaandam. The picture shows me in front of this unique hotel designed by the Dutch architect Wilfried van Winden. It’s a delight to see this renewed interest in  the architectural style of wooden houses! Though made of modern materials like eternit, these lovely green houses create a warm, nostalgic and typically Dutch cityscape. I’ll tell you more about wooden houses and windmills in my next blog on the Zaanse Schans. Read online at World Tourism Pictorial 

Hotel Intell Zaandam – Picture Den Heijer Events

 

微世界|去荷兰参观17世纪的房子

大概建于1700年。荷兰黄金时代(17世纪)的繁荣,为商人带来了石制建筑。建造了大的仓库和市场,以前只有旧教堂和城堡是用石头建造的。然而,劳工们仍然住在木屋里,有时是用石头砌成的,只是为了炫耀。现代建筑掀起了一个世纪之交,给我们带来了全新的建筑,灵感来自这些绿色的、真实的木制房子。例如,在Zaandam的

世界著名酒店Inntel。这张照片显示我在荷兰建筑师维尔右舵设计的独特的酒店前。看到这种对建筑风格的新的风味是一种乐趣!虽然由像石棉水泥这样的现代材料制成,这些可爱的绿色房屋创造了一种温暖、怀旧和典型的荷兰城市风貌。我会在“微世界”栏目中告诉你更多关于木制房子和风车的故事。