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Dutch Countryside Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam

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Duration: 5.5 hours
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Explore the scenic Dutch countryside on this exclusive and personal, small group tour. Visit the beautiful fishing harbor of Volendam, explore the…

Duration: 5.5 hours
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Windmills, Crafts, Museums! The Best of Zaanse Shans

Get a sense of what the Dutch are all about in Zaanse Schans, located right outside of Amsterdam. Take a day trip out to the quaint community that dates back to the 18th century and take in the countryside tulips, fresh cheese, windmills, barns and museums.

Photo: Bogdan Migulski@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Zaans Museum & Verkade Pavilion

These two museums offer a delicious history of the region’s food production with equipment, utensils, clothing and paintings. Bring your sweet tooth, tasting is encouraged!

Photo: daryl_mitchell@flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Albert Heijn Museum Shop

Find goodies to bring home to your loved ones at an adorable replica of the original Albert Heijn, a Dutch supermarket chain.

Zaan Time Museum

You’ll be hearing ticking while trying to fall asleep later that night, but it’s a small price to pay to view this collection of beautiful historic Dutch clocks.

De Kat

Piet Kempenaar wears a traditional outfit complete with pipe and hat while manning his massive paint mill.

Photo: Karen Blaha@flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

De Gekroonde Poelenburg

Different from all other working windmills in the city, the sawmill De Gekroonde Poelenburg can turn around on a rig of wooden rollers depending on the direction of the wind.

Zaanse Schans: Our Tips

Opt for bike rental

It’s small enough that walking will do, but you’ll feel like a local with the fresh air rushing by on a bicycle.

Did we mention Zaanse Schans’ restaurants?

It’s all about the food here! Check out the distillery and tasting room, or the traditional pancake house.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    From April to November, almost everything is open from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.
  • What is the price?
    Prices vary depending on your plans and the addition of transportation, tours, and other perks.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's a great idea to experience Zaanse Schans with a guide.
  • How to get there
    From Amsterdam Central Station, take the Connexxion bus 391 to Zaanse Schans.
  • Additional tips
    • If you plan on doing more than a day trip, there are many great hotels and B&Bs in the area.

What People Are Saying About Zaanse Schans

Very sattisfy, could be a few € cheaper.

It' s really good, but you have to run through a museums if you wan' t to take all oportunities you planned- so, it could be a liitle cheaper (cca 10€ for 72 h) or valid more...

24-, 48-, 72-, or 96-Hour I amsterdam City Card Reviewed by Ivana, 11/10/2016

Excellent way to see sights with ability to adapt to own preferences.

Guide very accommodating and always consulting with us to find out our wishes. Most enjoyable experience allowing us to personalise the tour to our own preferences. Transport very luxurious providing excellent comfort during trip.

Amazing tour that will give you insights of Netherlands

Truly a good journey with the tour. The guides and bus driver were very friendly and helpful. The information shared was very indepth. An amazing experience that is highly recommended for everyone

Volendam, Edam, and Windmills Tour from Amsterdam Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/24/2016

Great guide, beautiful scenery, learned a lot!

Karel is a wonderful guide, full of information about the land, history, sights, politics - anything we could think of to ask questions about. We have a much better sense of the Netherlands after this trip, and are so glad we went beyond Amsterdam in our sightseeing. Karel was flexible and adapted the tour to our interests. His enthusiasm for what we were seeing was infectious. He also went above and beyond, delivering a left-behind cellphone to the airport in time for our flight home.

Chocked full of interesting and amazing things to see and do!!

Our guide was knowledgeable and clear in his explanations of the information given. This is a place that you can really get into Dutch culture and appreciate all that the old Dutch world has to offer. I felt like I was walking in a story book. Truly an amazing experience I will never forget!!!!

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