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The Best Zaanse Schans Tour From Amsterdam 2024

€ 39
8 hours
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About Zaanse Schans Tour From Amsterdam

Embark on the exciting journey that will take you back to the 17th century. Discover beautifully preserved windmills and traditional wooden houses in the charmful Zaanse Schans. Learn how to make wooden clogs and taste the world-known cheese Edam in its hometown. Indulge in the cultural heritage of Volendam as you meet women wearing traditional costumes. Wander through the narrow streets of Marken and learn their maritime tradition.


Zaanse Schans Tour From Amsterdam

Come with us on a guided bus tour and relish the breathtaking scenic views unfolding before your eyes as we journey to the stunning windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Immerse yourself in a unique chapter of Dutch history as you explore this charming neighborhood nestled along the Zaan River.

Witness the meticulously preserved working windmills. After their crucial role in the industrial revolution during the 18th and 19th centuries, the windmills have come to symbolize the essence of Dutch identity. Stroll through the streets adorned with traditional wooden houses, rewarding you with a feeling as if you’ve stepped into a fairytale. Marvel at the skilled craftspeople showcasing their traditional expertise, and join a clog-making demonstration in the wooden shoe factory where you can uncover the significance they hold to Dutch agricultural heritage.

Walk along Edam’s old streets and tranquil canals, and immerse yourself in the beauty of 17th-century architecture. Delve into the history behind the world-known Edam cheese as you indulge in an authentic tasting experience at a local cheese factory.

Gain valuable insights into the Netherlands’ geographical challenges as you explore the significance of polders – land areas reclaimed from the sea – providing valuable agricultural land and protection against flooding.

Soak in the charming harbor area in the Volendam filled with traditional Dutch vessels. Wander through the small streets and alleys and allow the allure of this historic town to transport you back in time. Take a moment to appreciate the traditional town costume still proudly worn by many local women, a testament to the preservation of their cultural heritage.

Conclude your journey with a visit to Marken, famous for its picturesque green wooden houses raised on stilts and adorned with colorful facades, and delight in the local fish specialties. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Marken lighthouse, where you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring panoramic views.

  • Round-trip transportation by a comfortable private coach
  • Experienced tour guide
  • A visit to the famous windmills of Zaanse Schans
  • Clog making demonstration
  • Cheese tasting at Edam
  • Visit to Volendam and Marken
X not included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Entrance to the windmill at Zaanse Schans (optional)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • English
  • Spanish
what to bring
  • Clothes suitable for the weather
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
X not suitable
  • People in wheelchairs
  • People with mobility impairments
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Meeting Point

Meet your guide at De Ruijterkade 153, 1011 A, near the Central Station. The tour guides will be dressed in green.

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Don’t miss out on this remarkable experience.

Zaanse Schans Windmills

Explore the charming village of Zaanse Schans and discover the Netherlands’ national symbol with the incredible windmill tour. Learn the vital role they had during the industrial revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Clog-making demonstration

Immerse yourself in Dutch heritage at a wooden shoe factory. Experience a clog demonstration and witness the craftsmanship behind the traditional Dutch shoes, klompen. Discover the significance they held to the farmers and workers in the rural areas.

Edam cheese tasting

Treat your taste buds to a cheese delight and indulge in the authentic tasting of the local cheese Edam, named after its home place. Delve into the rich history of cheese production and trade.

Visit to Volendam and Marken

Conclude your journey by exploring Volendam and Marken, two beautiful towns that whisk you away to the past. Enjoy their historic architecture and witness the locals wearing traditional costumes.

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FAQ – Zaanse Schans Tour From Amsterdam

What is the best time of the day to visit Zaanse Schans?

If you prefer fewer crowds, early morning is the best time to visit Zaanse Schans. It rewards you with a serene ambiance perfect for capturing stunning pictures due to the soft morning light. Mid-morning to afternoon offers a more vibrant atmosphere and more options for shopping and dining. While late afternoons provide sunset colors across the sky and a quieter experience as the crowd decreases. Whichever time suits you best, the Zaanse Schans tour promises you a remarkable experience.

What time does Zaanse Schans open?

The Zaanse Schans welcomes visitors to its open-air museum year-round, and the best part is that admission is free. While most of the attractions in the Zaanse Schans are open from 9-5, note that opening hours may change due to the time of the year and day of the week. For instance, most of the windmills, a highlight of the site, are open to visitors from April to October. To ensure a smooth visit, checking the official website for the most actual information on opening hours before your visit is recommended.

Where can I see windmills in Amsterdam?

A half an hour’s walk east of Amsterdam’s Central Station will take you to De Grooyer Windmill, a captivating sight and one of the few remaining windmills within the city limits. To truly immerse yourself in the enchanting world of windmills, consider embarking on a day tour to the nearby village of Zaanse Schans. This charming neighborhood promises a delightful experience with splendid views of miraculously preserved working windmills.

What should I do while in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a fantastic tourist destination with a rich history, picturesque architecture, and a vibrant atmosphere. Discover the iconic landmarks with a walking tour, and gain insight into how the Red Light District became what it is today. Indulge in the stunning perspective of Amsterdam with a canal cruise or bike tour. Benefit with an Amsterdam museum pass as you explore the world-known museums such as Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Moco Museum.
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Experience an incredible day trip from Amsterdam!

Good to know before you go

  • During special events, the tour starting time may change.
  • Remember to wear comfortable shoes as there will be a moderate amount of walking.
  • The weather in the Netherlands can be changeable, so it’s best to wear layered clothing.
  • If you have an Amsterdam City Pass, the entrance to the Zaanse Schans attractions is free of charge.
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Loved the Dutch windmills!

I highly recommend this tour as it offers a fantastic glimpse into the Dutch countryside and the area’s fascinating history. Our tour guide was very informative, and his simple storytelling kept everyone engaged, which I found amazing. The trip’s highlight was definitely the working windmills, but I loved all the sites we visited.


Amazing Amsterdam windmill tour!

A well-designed itinerary for a full-day tour offered terrific insights into the urban history of the Netherlands. I loved the clog-making demonstration, and the windmills were incredible. After I tasted Edam in the cheese factory, my favorite Gouda cheese got overruled from the throne. I loved all the locations we visited, as they all had their own charm. I highly recommend it!


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  • Full day tour
  • Experienced guide
  • Visit famous Dutch windmills
  • Clog making demonstration
  • Cheese tasting
  • Transportation
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