Guided tour

From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

Activity provider: Tour Company

From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

Activity provider: Tour Company
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From US$ 28 per person

See the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans on a coach tour from Amsterdam with a professional guide. Learn about cheese making, walk on wooden shoes, see the interior of a working windmill and view the wooden green-painted houses and shops.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Spanish, English, German


2.5 hours
  • Amsterdam

  • 30 minutes
  • Zaanse Schans

  • Wooden Shoe Workshop of Zaanse Schans

  • Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm (cheese tasting)

  • Free time

  • 30 minutes
  • Amsterdam

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
  • Watch how Gouda cheese is made, then have a tasting session
  • See windmills from across the Zaan region that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Visit a clog makers and learn more about the traditional wooden shoe
  • Admire the elegant houses of the rich merchants and windmill owners
  • Learn how the windmills were used in the production of cocoa powder and oil for food
  • Taste the typical cheese of Holland at a dairy farm
Full description

Join a guided tour from Amsterdam to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans which is an open-air museum housing working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Enjoy live commentary from your guide, a clog workshop and a cheese-making demonstration.

Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point just across from Central Station in Amsterdam. Settle in for a comfortable, air-conditioned ride on a single deck bus that will take you to your destination in just 20 minutes. Upon arrival in the village, follow your guide for an orientation tour of the village. Visit the clog museum for a live wooden shoemaking workshop. Then, taste some Dutch farmer cheese on the cheese farm.

Get a sense of Zaanse Schans' prosperity from the 18th and 19th centuries in the windmill village. Alongside windmills and barns, see houses that were originally built as homes for rich windmill owners and merchants.

Admire their colorful facades painted in traditional hues of green, beige, and light blue.

Finally, it is time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off, take insider tips from your guide and learn about the region's local history and culture. At the end of the tour, hop back on the bus for your return journey to Amsterdam.

  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Guided walk at Zaanse Schans
  • Wooden shoe workshop at the clog museum
  • Cheese-making demonstration on a farm
  • Live commentary on board
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

This is Holland – Overhoeksplein 51, opposite central station. How to get here: A free shuttle ferry to Buiksloterweg runs 24/7 from Amsterdam Central Station to the north shore of the river IJ - journey time is three minutes). Embark via the two middle pontoons. On disembarking, turn left. It’s two minutes’ walk to This Is Holland.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • This tour involves a small amount of walking. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Tour may be operated by multilingual guide
  • Infants must sit on laps
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Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 1312 reviews

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This was a great bargain on the air conditioned bus with a tour guide. Had we done this on our own, we would have been lost. The old Dutch Windmill village is gorgeous. I can now say I have been inside and on the upper deck of a windmill (this was 5 euros extra but so worth it). Our guide, Harold made sure everyone was enjoying themselves and kept us informed. There was plenty of free time to roam the village, go around the windmills or take a boat ride for a small fee, again worth it. The cheese making and wooden shoe demonstration were cool and just 10-15mins each so you get to spend most of the time on the windmills and the quaint historic village The Chocolate waffles in one of the shops were spectacular. I would do this tour again.

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July 5, 2022

Hosts were very friendly and funny! The bus journey is comfortable and air conditioned (we went on a hot day and we were both comfortable). We learnt so much about the history of the windmills, watching the clogs get made was really interesting and it was great to see the craftsmanship that goes into this. For any cheese lovers this trip is a YES, so many different flavours to try (they were all so nice!). Highly recommend getting the freshly made waffles near the car park for €3 they are divine! Only critique would be the windmills and open air museum shut at 5pm, we had free time until 5:30pm so we went for a long walk before going to enter the windmills but they shut as we were walking into one. None the less the experience was great, amazing value for money and would definitely recommend to anyone wanting an out of city experience. Thanks for a great day!!

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June 25, 2022

3.5hrs is enough to go around Zaanse Schans. We had 1 hr free time to take photos with the windmill and for us it was enough already. I just find the price a bit too much because the shoe factory and cheese factory are free of charge. so the 27 euro is just for the bus and tour guide.

June 21, 2022

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