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.
It is highly recommended to arrive as early as possible as places on the tours are limited each day. The wait time is pretty long mainly because it is not possible to reserve in advance and. The tour operates on a first come first served basis. Opening hours are in Winter from 9:30 and during Summer time from 9:00. The tours include transport to the site and are necessary to gain access to the megaliths.
Newgrange is a larger and more visually impressive site, seeing the interior of Newgrange is fascinating. But only by using lights it is possible to get an idea of what the room will look on the morning of the shortest days of the year. On these days the sunlight comes through the ‘roof box’, a window above the door, right into the chamber. This spectacle lasts only for 20 minutes maximum and is said to be of anciently sacred significance.
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.
Most attractions are open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Some windmills and houses are closed during the winter from November onwards.
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.
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.
Fall, the fall foliage cannot be beat, the depth of shades in the sky, and there are organized cemetery tours available in late October.
Spring or fall, most of Europe won't be on holiday, warmer temperatures but not stiflingly hot like Southern Spain can be.