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Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

1. Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

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.

From Zaandam: Windmills, Clogs & Cheese by Electric Scooter

2. From Zaandam: Windmills, Clogs & Cheese by Electric Scooter

With this 1-day electric scooter rental, you get to decide what time you’ll start out, when and where you’ll stop and how long you’ll spend at the numerous attractions. Before you start the activity you get instructions from an instructor and have a test run. After that, you can go off on your own (not in a group). Your route starts in Landsmeer, a small village just above Amsterdam. It takes about 20 minutes by taxi, car, or bus to get to the starting point from Amsterdam. After a cup of coffee or tea and an explanation of the navigation app routiq, head out to discover the beautiful countryside. With your scooter rental, you’ll get a digital route to the Zaanse Schans, with its traditional Dutch houses and windmills.

Amsterdam: Windmills and Zaanse Schans Bicycle Tour

3. Amsterdam: Windmills and Zaanse Schans Bicycle Tour

After collecting your bicycle, your tour will depart in the direction of Amsterdam Central Station. Stepping on the IJ Ferry, travel in the destination of the NDSM Werf, complete with its old industrial Halls which are now used as a party/concert/event location. From this point, travel in the direction of Tuin Dorp whilst discovering the countryside and the huge and the beautiful natural park of Het Twiske. Enjoy the typical North Holland Landscape by riding your bike on the dikes accompanied by the nicest views. After approximately two hours of biking, arrive to the Zaanse Schans area, complete with a museum, windmills, traditional artwork, shops, and plenty more to discover. Following around an hour at the Museum Village, your tour travels back direction of Amsterdam but along a different route. If you want to extend your visit to Zaanse Schans, you are also free to stay a little longer and travel back to Amsterdam by bus, train, or boat.

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What people are saying about Zaandam

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.

We really liked the tour, the guide was spectacular. We couldn't find the meeting point and if the tour left us but he waited for us in the town where we were going. Suggestion could be that the guide is easily identifiable.

Great way to see the Windmills and countryside, the scooters were easy to ride, loved all the bike paths. Bart was friendly and easily showed us how to ride the scooters.

Great easy going tour of a picturesque village. We had classic Northern European weather, so Hans did an excellent job of modifying our timing and route to stay dry!

Really great. Lovely people. Our guide Hans was friendly and very knowledgeable- the windmills were super interesting- great tour would defo recommend