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Zaanse Schans: Authentic Dutch Windmill Entrance Ticket

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Explore an authentic working windmill at the famous windmill village Zaanse Schans. Learn about the history of the windmills and watch how they work from the inside.
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  • Visit an authentic, typical Dutch windmill and learn about its history
  • See how the windmill saws the wood into planks if you enter the Het Jonge Schaep
  • Watch how the windmill grinds a variety of natural dyes pigments in a paint windmill if you enter De Kat
  • Get the chance to talk to a Dutch miller
  • Choose to enter windmill Het Jonge Schaep (sawing windmill) or De Kat (paint windmill)
Full description
Enter either the De Kat or the Het Jonge Schaep and get to see how these windmills work from the inside.

The windmill 'Jonge Schaap' (Young Sheep) was made the saw wood into planks for e.g. ships and the famous wooden houses in de Zaanstreek region.

Find out how the mill saws a tree into a plank. This only requires wind and a little help from the miller. Explanations are provided and you can even ask questions to a real Dutch miller. 

Learn more about the history of the famous Dutch windmills at an exhibition in the basement of the mill. There are plenty of opportunities to take pictures of the windmill. From the high platform you have a beautiful view of the polders and all the other windmills.

Or come inside the last remaining still working paint windmill in the world, dated 1782. This windmill grinds a variety of natural dyes and pigments as well as tropical hardwoods. These woods are used to dye wool and other fibres and the pigments are used to make your own paint such as oilpaint, waterpaint or egg tempera.

During your visit to the paint mill you can follow the grinding process if there is enough wind of course. The mill grinds chalk under the large couple grind stones. The pair of grind stones together weighs 6000 KG and is driven by the wind only. In the “Red room”, natural pigments, such as omber, ochre and siena are ground.
In the back of the mill  the loggers stands, where tropical wood is chopped. Look at the impressive working wooden interior of this "old" industrial factory.
  • Entrance ticket
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Guided tour

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Meeting point

When entering the Zaanse Schans, walk all the way to the end till you see the windmills.

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From US$ 5.91 per person