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Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

4.9 / 5

21 reviews

Activity provider: Hop-on Tours

Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

Activity provider: Hop-on Tours

From US$ 58.31 per person

Explore the countryside around Amsterdam by bike and enjoy a real Dutch experience on this 5.5-hour tour. Visit 17th-century windmills, learn how they made the paper for the US Declaration of Independence, visit a clog maker, and try Gouda cheese.

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Duration 5.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Small group
Limited to 7 participants


  • Cycle in a small group at a leisurely pace
  • Visit windmills outside the tourist area
  • See the beautiful wetlands painted by Monet
Full description
Learn about Dutch culture and history as you discover the area of Zaanse Schans on a half-day bicycle tour from Amsterdam. Meet your guide at Amsterdam Central Station and travel to Zaandam by train to start the bicycle tour. Cycle past industrial windmills and admire the beautiful landscape. Stop at a sawmill to learn how it operates, and visit a paper mill to see how paper was made in the 17th century. Pedal through the stunning wetlands, painted by Monet at the end of the 19th century. Pass the neighborhood of Domineestuin, filled with authentic wooden houses, before arriving in Zaanse Schans. Park your bicycle and enjoy a demonstration of how clogs are made. Take the opportunity to taste delicious Gouda cheese, a local specialty. After a fantastic half-day experience, return by bike to Zaandam and board the train back to Amsterdam Central Station, where your tour will end.
  • Bicycle tour
  • Guide
  • Return train ticket from Amsterdam Centraal to Zaandam
  • Entrance to one windmill
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People under 4 ft 6 in (140 cm)

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Meet in front of visitor center.

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  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 21 reviews

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This was one of the best experiences we had in Amsterdam! Hans was awesome! Very friendly and knowledgeable. The ride was smooth and peaceful, a great escape from the city. I was a bit concerned about the physical skill needed, but this was not an issue. I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone! Thank you for a great day Hans!

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October 6, 2022

Hans, our tour guide, was great. Informative, friendly, and flexible. There were only 6 of us in the group including Hans which made it easy to get in and out of all the attractions. The best part was being able to tour a working saw mill, we got to climb the stairs up the mill, see all the mechanicisms, and he described the upkeep needed. We also got to see the saw mill owner in his wooden clogs maintaining the mill, that would of been impossible with a greater number of people. The countryside was pretty and I’m glad I had opportunity to ride through and view them.

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September 29, 2022

Great day with a great guide, thank you Hans

September 23, 2022

Product ID: 381899