Guided tour

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

Activity provider: Tour Company
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See the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans on a bus 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

Experience

Itinerary
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
Highlights
  • Watch how Gouda cheese is made and then taste its buttery goodness
  • See windmills from across the Zaan region that date back to the 18th century
  • Visit a clog maker 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 food
Full description

Join a guided bus tour from Amsterdam to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, 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 what the village was like in the 18th and 19th centuries. 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.

Includes
  • Bus transportation
  • Multilingual guide
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Clog-making demonstration
  • Visit to a cheese farm
  • Cheese tasting
  • Amsterdam canal cruise voucher (if option selected)
  • This is Holland voucher (if option selected)
  • Tips (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry inside windmills and entry to Zaans Museum
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

From the front of the Amsterdam Central Station, turn to your left and walk in the eastern direction. Keep on walking and cross the bridge. Walk until you reach the Hilton hotel. Turn left and follow the walkway underneath the railway crossing. It's on your right. Please check-in with staff inside the Grand Cafe 1884.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • This tour involves a small amount of walking
  • This tour includes a maximum of 60 participants
  • Children up to 3 years old are free of charge (not occupying a seat - infants must sit on laps)
  • Tour operates rain or shine
  • Entry to windmills costs around €5 tickets, available at service desk
  • Entry to Zaans Museum ranges from €6.50-€12.50
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 1813 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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This was a wonderful little trip that at 3.5 hours is absolute the perfect length. Our guide was excellent, switching seamlessly between English and Italian, as 6 Italians were also on the trip. The village is lovely and quaint and the cheese visit is great. You can also watch a clog being made and brew your own Hot Chocolate. Overall it was a cracking little trip.

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January 12, 2023

Despite the horrendous weather this was a fantastic trip and well worth getting soaked for. The guide added funny little comments throughout the tour and gave some great facts along the way. The clog making was great to watch as was the cheese making and tasting. We managed to get into two of the windmills and ventured to the top of one, although the severe weather was against us doing much more, I can safely say I would like to repeat this day trip should I get the chance to go to back to Amsterdam in the summer. The coach was clean and comfortable there and back. The tour time of 3.5 hours includes half hour travel time each way.

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January 2, 2023

Perfect little trip. 2.5 hours was more than enough. The clog and cheese yours are about 10 minutes each and the rest is wandering. Nice area and lots of cheese tasting. I’m glad I did this and not the ones that you are in a bud for a few hours

December 9, 2022

Product ID: 56832