Many people might be discouraged to come to Amsterdam in winter due to the harsh weather conditions like rain and wind. Weather indeed is an important aspect, but when we talk about Amsterdam it becomes a secondary issue. Amsterdam has so much to offer regardless the weather. Visiting Amsterdam in fall and winter has so many benefits: less tourists, smaller queues to museums budget friendly accommodation options. All in all, sunny days in Amsterdam are not that uncommon in winter. Here is my favorite list of things to do in Amsterdam in winter.
Zaanse Schans is an iconic village of the Netherlands where you can contemplate Dutch windmills. Not many people know that windmills of the Zaan region used to process many different products brought from Amsterdam. One of the products processed by few windmills in the hay days were cacao beans. Unfortunately, throughout the time many windmills, including cacao mills, disappeared due to the neglect and lack of effectiveness compared to the modern factory. However, the cacao industry is still prevalent in the Zaan region. Every day cacao beans, brought from Amsterdam port, are roasted at the cacao factory Olam (former De Zaan) and the chocolate smells dominates the area .Hence, the history and location the area of Zaanse Schans is perfect place for a chocolate experience.