Guided tour

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

Activity provider: Tour Company
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From US$ 30.87 per person

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See the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans on a bus 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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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, German

Experience

Itinerary
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
Highlights
  • Watch how Gouda cheese is made and then taste its buttery goodness
  • See windmills from across the Zaan region that date back to the 18th century
  • Visit a clog maker 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 food
Full description

Join a guided bus tour from Amsterdam to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, 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 what the village was like in the 18th and 19th centuries. 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.

Includes
  • Bus transportation
  • Multilingual guide
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Clog-making demonstration
  • Visit to a cheese farm
  • Cheese tasting
  • Amsterdam canal cruise voucher (if option selected)
  • This is Holland voucher (if option selected)
  • Tips (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry inside windmills and entry to Zaans Museum
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at This is Holland – Overhoeksplein 51, opposite central station. How to get there: A free shuttle ferry to Buiksloterweg runs 24/7 from Amsterdam Central Station to the north shore of the river IJ - the journey time is 3 minutes. Embark via the two middle pontoons. On disembarking, turn left. It’s a 2-minute walk to This Is Holland.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • This tour involves a small amount of walking
  • This tour includes a maximum of 60 participants
  • Children up to 3 years old are free of charge (not occupying a seat - infants must sit on laps)
  • Tour operates rain or shine
  • Entry to windmills costs around €5 tickets, available at service desk
  • Entry to Zaans Museum ranges from €6.50-€12.50
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 1737 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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We loved this tour! Zanse Schans was beautiful. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed seeing how the clogs were made and picked up some lovely souvenirs. The cheese tasting was fun too, but I have to admit that we really loved the chocolate shop and the hot chocolate we got there! We also really loved the goats that were near the cheese place.

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December 3, 2022

Instructions were clear to guide us to the waiting area on time. The tour was really fun with the enthusiastic tour guide who showed us around Zaanse Schans and told us about the facts and historical details of the place. We also get to have our own time to do some shopping for local souvenirs.

November 23, 2022

We visited in November and were the only coach party there. Lovely trip to see some working windmills, clog making and cheese making. Short, informative demonstrations and obviously you can purchase the items in the gift shops. Peaceful walk around the little village where there were some cafes to buy hot chocolate and coffee etc. Great to get away from the bustle of the city for a few hours. The guide provided us with interesting information during the coach trip and at the village.

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November 12, 2022

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