Guided tour

From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

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From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

Activity provider: Tour Company
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From US$ 28.67 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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Live tour guide
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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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

My family went with our friends and their family. We had 4 kids under the age of 12 with us. The bus ride to and from was comfortable and had great AC. The windmills were amazing to see and all the small tours were fun for everyone. We shopped and snacked but I did feel like we were a little rushed on time. After the cheese demonstration and the wooden clogs we had free time but that was only about an hour. If it’s busy when you go that probably won’t be enough time to shop and grab food. However, it was gorgeous scenery and everyone was super nice!

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June 5, 2022

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