The Netherlands is famous for its cheese, clogs and…….? Correct: windmills! Mills were used in the Netherlands to pump water away from the land, but also to grind things – such as grain to make bread. At de Zaanse Schans you can see some of the most beautiful of these structures on the Zaan river. Most ticket offices in Amsterdam offer day tours to Zaandam and the towns of Marken and Volendam with their striking green wooden houses.