Guided tour

From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

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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 Amsmterdam.

  • 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

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

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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Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 1196 reviews

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We enjoyed the ride, the demonstration on how the traditional dutch shoes are made, the small tasting of gouda cheese. Unfortunately, the guide, although very nice and kind, didn't have the means to be heard by everyone in the large group, so we didn't reallly hear anything about the place, after getting out of the bus.

May 9, 2022

We had a great time on this tour. I wanted to see the windmills, an iconic symbol of Holland. The tour meeting point was easy to find and don’t be put of by the ferry. It was incredible, always one there, only 3 minutes to cross and free. The staff were friendly and helpful. A lovely tour bus and a small group so very friendly. Our guide was brilliant, very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. It was like stepping back in time. You get a taste of what it was like years ago, the importance of the Windmills and how they shaped Holland as well as a taste of other industries that were important. I thoroughly enjoyed it and came back a little bit wiser.

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April 25, 2022

Visit to Zaanse Schanse was great. Watching 7 out of 13 left operational windmills in holland was an experience. Green painted houses with white lining was an amazing site to see. My son was so excited to so inside one of the windmill and see it working. Clog and cheese making was a good experience. Especially the cheese I almost had like serving of 20 + different cheese and bought like 7 of them. Simply out of the world. Definitely recommend organic garlic flavor. Thanks to Eva our guide for the day. She was too good and explained each details very clearly and with some interesting add Ons. Definitely recommend this tour. May be I would liked if I had more time may be an hour more just to be there.

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April 20, 2022

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