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Historic Site

When should you visit a historic site? Historic sites are locations where pieces of political, cultural, or social history have been preserved. Often due to their cultural value. Historic sites can be temples, whole cities, pyramids, castles, churches or any other kind of buildings.

Evening prior to sunset. Downtown Joliet can become congested with court traffic. Consider waiting until 4 pm or later. Sunset lights up the sharp features of the station.

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Depending on the season, allow for a 3-4 hour hike on the trail before dusk. You will have beautiful views at the end of your hike of the Industrial sites in the distance as their lights turn on and dramatic light and shadows on the old swing bridge.

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Most attractions are open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Some windmills and houses are closed during the winter from November onwards.

Avoiding crowds

Very popular with almost two million visitors each year. Either you arrive in the morning or after 3 p.m. Even more crowded at the tulip season in April when tour buses combine Keukenhof with Zaanse Schans. Fewer visitors from mid-September on. October during the school holidays again more crowded. The quietest and less busy months are in the wintertime, but some windmills remain closed.

Beautiful to arrive by boat, offered only from May to October from Friday to Sunday. 

Where to Stay in Walking Distance

It's an open-air museum where you can spend a whole day. If you stay within walking distance you can enjoy the whole scenery also without crowds. Our favorite B&B is the Hotel "Heerlijck Slaapen op de Zaanse Schans". This means "sleeping excellent at the Zaanse Schans. The hotel has a bike rental service.

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All year round

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Winter, it's like stepping back in time. If you plan right, you can attend a reading of the "Pickwick Papers" at the Kiddleywink Pub in front of the stone fireplace, while drinking mulled wine and eating saffron cakes.

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Fall, the fall foliage cannot be beat, the depth of shades in the sky, and there are organized cemetery tours available in late October.

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