From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

4.3 / 5

1029 Reviews

From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

From US$ 47.26 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.

About this activity

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Duration: 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, German

Experience

Itinerary
2.5 hours
  • Amsterdam

  • 30.0 minutes
  • Zaanse Schans

  • Wooden Shoe Workshop of Zaanse Schans

  • Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm (cheese tasting)

  • Free time

  • 30.0 minutes
  • Amsterdam

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • 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
Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point just across from Central Station Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned single deck bus will take you to today’s destination in just 20 minutes. The windmill village Zaanse Schans is an open air museum that houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th Century. All these buildings were brought here from 1961 onwards bringing back to life this most prosperous period of the Zaan region. In its golden age the Zaan Region developed into an industrial area on a scale never seen before, with 600 active windmills: wooden factories powered by wind. In these small factories many tasks were being executed with the aid of wind energy: wood sawn by machine, grounding spices, oil for food and paint, flower, cocoa powder and many other things. The prosperity in the 18th and 19th century can be seen in the Zaanse Schans windmill village in several ways. Alongside windmills, barns and other buildings, you will see beautiful houses that were originally built as home to rich windmill owners and merchants. These houses have attractive facades and have been painted in traditional colors such as green, beige and light blue. At arrival in the village, your guide will take you on an orientation tour of the village. You will visit the clog museum annex wooden shoemaker shop and in the cheese farm you will get to taste Dutch farmer cheese. Then it is time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off to discover the Zaanse Schans on your own, your guide will give you further information on the Zaanse Schans and its unique character, teach you local history and culture, and give you insider’s tips about what to do and where to go.
Includes
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Live commentary on board
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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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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Important information

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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1029 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Guide was very informative, friendly and funny. Guide was fairly easy to find, all I would say is they could say to meet inside “this is Holland” as we wondered around outside for a bit before trying inside where the guide was. Tour was very interesting and luckily had good weather and the sun was out. Cheese demonstrations wasn’t all that though we would actually see how it was made rather than a 5 minute talk but all in all would recommend windmills and clog demonstrations was great.

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March 5, 2020

For a half day this experience was very good! It provided you with a taste of all the culture without too much focus for those who just wanted an overview. Only thing to criticise is that the app did not tell you to go inside the 'This is Holland' building to register your arrival for the tour, but that's the only thing! Tour guide was lovely and knowledgeable and the ease of the app directions and public transport made this an easy accessible experience.

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February 25, 2020

Very interesting 3 in 1 tour: you get to see the windmills and visit one of them (for free), visit a cheese factory and taste all types of cheese they have (dont hesitate to buy from there cheese sometimes it is cheaper than the city) and the wooden-shoes factory A must-do if you have 3 hours to spend near Amsterdam The meeting point is facing Adam Lockout so you can swing over Amsterdam after the windmills visit ;)

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January 22, 2020

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