Windmill tour to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam
Excursions & day trips

Windmill tour to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam

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Language: English , Spanish , German
Availability: Daily
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 3 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Visit Zaanse Schans, the beautiful windmill village
  • See a demonstration of wooden shoemaking and other Dutch traditions
  • Experience Holland’s rich culture through its picturesque countryside
What to expect

Take a short 20-minute bus ride and discover the windmill village Zaanse Schans. Experience all that is typical Dutch in just a few hours. You will learn about the process of cheese making, watch a demonstration of clog making and see working windmills, green wooden houses, and nice shops.

Upon arrival, your guide will take you on an orientation tour of the village, talk about its unique character, local history and culture, and give you insider tips about what to do and where to go. You will visit the clog museum annex wooden shoemaker shop and you will get to taste Dutch farmer cheese at the cheese farm. There will be time to further explore the village on your own.

The windmill village Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum that houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th Centuries. These buildings were important in bringing back to life the most prosperous period of the Zaan region. In its golden age, the Zaan Region developed into an industrial area on a scale never seen before with 600 active windmills, which are wooden factories powered by wind. In these small factories, many tasks were being executed with the aid of wind energy, such as wood sawing by machine, grounding spices, oil for food and paint, flour, cocoa powder, and many other things.

The prosperity in the 18th and 19th centuries can be seen in the Zaanse Schans windmill village in several ways. Alongside windmills, barns, and other buildings, you will see beautiful houses that were originally built as home to rich windmill owners and merchants. These houses have attractive facades and have been painted in traditional colors.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • What's included
    • Wooden shoemaker
    • Cheesetasting
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Transport by air-conditioned coach
    • Live commentary on board
    What's not included
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Food and drinks
    Reduced price
    • Children (4-11 years): reduced
    • Infants (0-3 years): free
    Where

    Overhoeksplein 51, Amsterdam

    Meeting point:
    Meet your guide at THIS IS HOLLAND, Overhoeksplein 51. How to get there: Take the 3-minute free shuttle ferry to Buiksloterweg from Amsterdam Central Station. On disembarking, turn left.
    What to remember
    • The bus tour will be guided in English, German and Spanish
    • A small amount of walking is involved so comfortable shoes are recommended
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    When
    • This tour operates daily
    • From February 14th to March 20th and from May 11th to November 4th: starting at 11.30am
    • From March 21st to May 10th: starting at 2.30pm
    • Please see calendar for exact available dates and times
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    Provider
    Tour Company
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 85% refund if you cancel up to 7 days before the experience begins. If you cancel up to 48 hours before, you can still receive a 50% refund.
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