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Zaanse Schans Tours

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The scenic Dutch village of Zaanse Schans is most famous for its windmills, once used to power everything from paint-making to paper production. Today, the Zaanse Schans is set up like an open-air museum, with five working windmills open to visitors. Wander the village, view the preserved architecture, and watch the locals at work—in their traditional wooden shoes and Dutch garb, naturally. Green wooden houses, a historic shipyard, and a pewter factory are among the village’s top attractions.

The Basics
The Zaanse Schans is a popular day trip destination from Amsterdam; the scenic drive through the Dutch countryside—past lovely fields, green pastures, and winding canals—is a tour highlight in and of itself. Visit on a half- or full-day tour to explore the five Dutch Golden Age windmills, including some that serve as a sawmill and an oil mill, and visit the workshops of local craftspeople. Cheese-making and clog-making demonstrations are other key experiences, in addition to pewter-casting and mustard-making demos. For a fun photo souvenir, stop by a shoemaker’s shop and try on traditional Dutch clogs and costumes. When you get hungry, pop into a bakery for a taste of the sweet white duivekater bread, head to the cheese factory for some famous Edam cheese, or step inside Albert Heijn—the village’s oldest shop—for a bag of sweets. A boat trip or a canal cruise is another excellent way to see the Zaanse Schans and the surrounding villages.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Zaanse Schans is a must-see for visitors interested in learning about traditional Dutch culture.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for exploring the outdoor area.
  • The Zaanse Schans is free to visit, but some individual attractions may require fees.
  • Not all areas are wheelchair accessible due to the historic nature of the area, but accessible bridges and parking are available. Jonge Schaap is the only wheelchair-accessible windmill.
  • Most shops and restaurants in the neighborhood accept credit and debit cards; ATMs are located at the Zaanse Schans parking office.

How to Get There
The Zaanse Schans neighborhood is set in Zaandam, near Zaandijk, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) northwest of Amsterdam. The village, located on the eastern bank of the Zaan river, is easily accessible from Amsterdam’s Centraal Station by transit—it takes less than an hour to get there by bus, train, or car. Fee-based parking is available.

When to Get There
Though there is plenty to do year-round in the Zaanse Schans, much of the village’s charm lies in its outdoor attractions, making late spring and summer the best times to visit. Winters in the Netherlands are known to be rainy and windy, so if you’re visiting then, wear warm layers under a waterproof jacket.

The Dutch and Their Bicycles 
It’s said that there are 1.5 bicycles for every inhabitant of the Netherlands. The Dutch love their bikes and can be found pedaling them to work, school, the grocery store, and everywhere else in between. Renting a bicycle is a great way to see Holland like a local. In summer, a bike tour from Amsterdam to the Zaanse Schans is a popular way to experience the quaint village and the bucolic countryside.
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Volendam, Marken & Windmills Day Trip from AmsterdamDay Trips

Volendam, Marken & Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam

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See Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken on a full-day windmill tour departing from Amsterdam. Visit a cheese factory to sample local dairy products, admire a classic line-up of authentic windmills, and watch a shoemaker fashion wooden clogs using traditional methods. Hear commentary from your audio guide during the coach journey, and enjoy guided tours in each picturesque village.
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Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from AmsterdamHalf-day Tours

Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam

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Discover the delights and history of Zaanse Schans and the Dutch countryside on a 3-hour, small-group trip from Amsterdam. With an informative guide, admire the lush, canal-crossed Dutch landscape. Take a tour of pretty Zaanse Schans, famous for its wooden windmills and green-painted houses, and visit a cheese farm and clog-making workshop to learn about these traditional crafts. Lastly, visit a working windmill to learn how these waterside factories helped drive the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. Numbers are limited on this tour for a small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Daytrip from Amsterdam Day Trips

Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Daytrip from Amsterdam

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Immerse yourself in Dutch culture on this full-day tour through the countryside with round-trip transport from Amsterdam. In addition to navigating, your guide offers little-known facts and anecdotes about each stop on the itinerary, including a traditional clog shop, artisan cheese factory, rural windmills, and the village of Giethoorn. Don’t forget your camera: The day also features a boat ride through Giethoorn’s waterways with rare views of the area.
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Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam Day Trips

Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam

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Discover the real Netherlands in this amazing tour through Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam, and Marken – the jewels of the Dutch countryside. The visit starts in Zaanse Schans, where you will be able to take pictures of typical Dutch windmills that are still in use today. Afterward, we will drive to the Waterland area, passing through the beautiful villages from this part of the country: Edam, Volendam, and Marken. In Edam, we will walk through historic sites like the square where the famous Cheese Market used to take place. Then, near Volendam, we will visit a local cheese producer, where the cheese master will explain how they produce Gouda and Edam cheeses. In the clog factory, you will discover the secrets of this typical Dutch shoe. Then, travel back in time to the 17th century as we walk by cozy fishermen houses in Marken, the fishing harbor, and the protestant church. Join us for an unforgettable day visiting Edam, Volendam, Marken, and Zaanse Schans.
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Dutch Countryside and Culture Tour from Amsterdam Including Zaanse Schans, Edam and VolendamDay Trips

Dutch Countryside and Culture Tour from Amsterdam Including Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam

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Experience three quintessential icons of the Dutch countryside — windmills, cheese and wooden clogs — on this 5.5 hour tour from Amsterdam. Journey to the North Holland towns of Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam, where you can view working windmills at an open-air museum on the Zaan River, visit a dairy farm or cheese weighing house, and step inside a clog factory. You’ll travel outside the city aboard a single-decker coach, allowing for a smaller group experience with your professional guide.
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Amsterdam Half-Day Tour to Zaanse Schans: Windmills, Clog Museum and Cheese FarmHalf-day Tours

Amsterdam Half-Day Tour to Zaanse Schans: Windmills, Clog Museum and Cheese Farm

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Delve into the rich tapestry of typical Dutch culture on an enriching half-day tour to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam. With a knowledgeable guide, observe traditional cheese making processes; marvel at the interior of a working windmill; try on some authentic wooden clogs for size; and admire the quaint and colorful architecture of Zaanse Schans village before returning to Amsterdam by comfortable coach. Gain fascinating insight into the unique culture of the Netherlands on this educational tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam Day Trips

Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam

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Experience an iconic landscape of fishing villages, windmills, and craftsmen’s shops on a small-group tour from Amsterdam into the Dutch countryside. Visit a series of traditional, restored windmills in Zaanse Schans, and walk the dikes and harbor of Volendam, a pretty port lined with bright houses and sailboats. Sample locally-make cheeses and Dutch schnapps, with time to choose a restaurant for lunch, then enjoy sweeping views of the landscape during the return trip to Amsterdam.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Zaanse Schans from AmsterdamPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam

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Experience the Holland of old on a private, 3-hour trip to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam. Enjoy the beauty of the Zaan region, with its wooden windmills, quaint villages and meadows. Stop at the historical, windmill village of Zaanse Schan and take a guided tour around the pretty lanes and watersides, passing green-painted houses, wooden barns and shops. Watch clogs and cheese being made at craft workshops, and visit a working windmill to learn how they were used to pump water, saw wood and more through the 17th and 18th centuries.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Family Day in Magical Zaanse SchansFull-day Tours

Private Family Day in Magical Zaanse Schans

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Step into a postcard-perfect theme as soon as you set foot in the traditional village of Zaanse Schans. Go on a private day trip tour with your family and enjoy a truly authentic local experience. Zaanse Schans is a magical place where you can catch a glimpse of the traditional side of the Netherlands. Wander through this unique village and go back in time with interactive activities and workshops. Step inside a clog factory and see a local shoemaker in action. Visit a classic windmill and paint mill to understand how they used to work back in the day. You'll even have a chance to go inside one of them! Let the kids take a selfie/photo in traditional local costume at the fisherman’s cottage and see them transform into little Dutchies! And you can't leave without trying the famous Dutch cheese and a classic treat, a 'stroopwaffle'. Get a tasting of the best products at a local factory and talk to the friendly locals all dressed up in traditional attires.
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Half Day trip to Zaanse Schans Windmill Village from Amsterdam incl Canal CruiseDay Cruises

Half Day trip to Zaanse Schans Windmill Village from Amsterdam incl Canal Cruise

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This fun, multifaceted tour touches on everything the Dutch are best known for. Visit a windmill village, a clog museum (where you can watch traditional craftsmen work), a cheese farm (samples included), and take a canal cruise. The “100 Highlights” cruise passes many sites and landmarks, including the Anne Frank House, Westerkerk, and more.
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Zaanse Schans private tour region of AmsterdamFull-day Tours

Zaanse Schans private tour region of Amsterdam

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We are going to walk on the Zaanse Schans. I am a certified guide and will give you a lot of information about the highlights. The walk shows you the Albert Heijn museum shop, the clog factory and the cheese factory and of course the windmills (entrance does not include € 5.00 per person per mill, € 2.50 per child per child). You can indicate yourself which mill (s) you would like to view.
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Private Countryside tour to Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken from AmsterdamDay Trips

Private Countryside tour to Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam

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See the best Holland has to offer in a 7 hour tour which covers the world-famous Zaanse Schans with its windmills. You will also drive through the countryside to the farmers town of Katwoude to visit a cheese farm, the fisherman town of Volendam, visit the former Island of Marken and the idyllic Broek in Waterland. Your personal private guide and driver will tell you everything about these places and its history. At Volendam, a stop is scheduled for a typical Dutch lunch (included). At Zaanse Schans, you will visit a wooden shoe workshop for a demonstration of clog making and a working Industrial windmill (entrance fee included). As this is a private tour, you will be picked up and dropped off at your hotel in Amsterdam or any other for you convenient place in or near Amsterdam.
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Giethoorn - Volendam - Zaanse Schans (Holland Dream Tour)Day Trips

Giethoorn - Volendam - Zaanse Schans (Holland Dream Tour)

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See more of Holland on a day trip from Amsterdam to the towns of Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans. Known as the "Holland Dream Tour," this itinerary combines popular destinations that show off another side of the country outside the big city. This tour allows you to avoid the hassle of renting a car or finding your own way to these locations so you can relax and enjoy a pre-planned day.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Zaanse Schans 4 hours Private TourBus Tours

Zaanse Schans 4 hours Private Tour

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Explore the nearby town of Zaanse Schans, a recreation of a traditional 18th/19th-century Dutch village. Stroll past enormous windmills and green wooden houses, visit a cheese shop, or take a boat ride and admire the scenery from the water. At the Zaans Museum, watch artisans demonstrate age-old crafts like wooden clog carving, pewter casting, and barrel making. Your guide offers insights into Dutch life along the way
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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I amsterdam Card - City Pass for AmsterdamSightseeing Passes

I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

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Get the most out of your Amsterdam stay — and save money — with the I amsterdam City Card. With this pass, you enjoy unlimited use of public transport, a canal cruise and discounts on attractions and restaurants. Plus, gain entry to 44 museums including the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandthuis Museum, Van Gogh Museum (with time slot booking option) and Hermitage Amsterdam. Use your pass to discover this marvelous city at your own pace!
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Marken, Volendam & Zaanse Schans: Cheese, Windmills and ClogsHalf-day Tours

Marken, Volendam & Zaanse Schans: Cheese, Windmills and Clogs

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Be Dutch for a day! A day full of windmills, cheese and traditional wooden clogs. Covered with water, cows grazing the fresh grasses, colourful flowers and green-timbered houses, Zaanse Schans is home to what some call the Eighth Wonder of the World: the historic 18th-century windmills. Everybody knows about cheese, but few know how it’s produced. Your private chauffeur guide will take you to the place where the magic happens, where the Dutch dairy gold is crafted. You will visit a local cheese factory in the picturesque fisherman village of Volendam, where you will be taught about the cheese-making craft and enjoy a delicious cheese tasting. With windmills and cheese on board, it’s unthinkable to skip the traditional wooden clogs in this tour. Your driver guide will take you to the particular city of Marken, where you will witness how a shoemaker crafts the typical wooden clogs.
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Zaanse Schans, Volendam & Marken: Private tour (Max 4 per) from AmsterdamDay Trips

Zaanse Schans, Volendam & Marken: Private tour (Max 4 per) from Amsterdam

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Enjoy half a day immersing yourself in the beauty of Dutch countryside filled with windmills and silent canals. Meanwhile, get to see how world famous Dutch cheese is made and get to try them yourself. And, visit a clog factory to discover the secrets of this typical Dutch shoe - Enjoy a day away from the crowded city of Amsterdam - Get a private tour to the Dutch country side & villages filled with windmills. - Visit a wooden show factory - Witness interiors of one of the windmills & see how it actually functions. - Visit a local cheese producer where you can learn about Gouda and Edam cheese. - Walk the charming streets of Marken, a Dutch fishing village. - Enjoy free time to explore by foot, enjoy some beer or chocolate, or shop for souvenirs.
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Bus day trip Holland Windmill -Zaanse Schans, Marken and Volendam from AmsterdamDay Trips

Bus day trip Holland Windmill -Zaanse Schans, Marken and Volendam from Amsterdam

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Visit two charming Dutch towns in one day: Volendam and Marken. These are top attractions in the Netherlands that most tourists don’t want to miss. They’re conveniently located near Amsterdam, making this day trip an easy stop. With round-trip shared transport, a city map, and additional recommendations from the guide, you’re all set.
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  • 7 hours
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Holland Combi Tour (Giethoorn & Windmills Zaanse Schans)Day Trips

Holland Combi Tour (Giethoorn & Windmills Zaanse Schans)

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GIETHOORN - ZAANSE SCHANS is a unique combination of Holland top two tourist destinations that are packaged in a simple and amazing way, which will take you in a travel experience that will not be forgotten in a lifetime. (departure from the designated location in Amsterdam). (Maximum number of 8 participants per group).
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Sightseeing tour to Giethoorn, Zaanse Schans and Volendam from AmsterdamDay Trips

Sightseeing tour to Giethoorn, Zaanse Schans and Volendam from Amsterdam

Skip the crowded group tours and explore some of the Netherlands' most beautiful villages at your own pace. This private guided tour takes you to the tranquil, car-free village of Giethoorn, as well as the windmills of Zaanse Schans, and fishing village of Volendam.
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  • 10 hours
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Semi private tour to windmills and countryside villagesDay Trips

Semi private tour to windmills and countryside villages

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Venture away from the busy streets of Amsterdam and take a trip into the Dutch countryside during this half-day tour. Enjoy a peaceful day exploring typical Dutch villages including the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, the fishing village of Volendam, the oldest town in Holland—Monnickendam, and Broek in the Amsterdam “wetlands.” Discover Dutch history and culture as you explore and enjoy your guide’s undivided attention on this small-group tour.
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  • 5 hours
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Bus tour to Volendam, Edam and the Windmills incl. 100 Highlights cruiseCultural Tours

Bus tour to Volendam, Edam and the Windmills incl. 100 Highlights cruise

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If you want to leave the tourist traps in Amsterdam behind for the day, hop on this bus for a guided scenic tour of the Dutch countryside. Experience the churning windmills in Zaanse Schans, watch craftspeople at work, the cheese weighing house in Edam, and the seaside village of Volendam. A knowledgeable guide will teach you all about Dutch culture.
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Amsterdam customizable private tour with Hotel or Airport Pick-UpDay Trips

Amsterdam customizable private tour with Hotel or Airport Pick-Up

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Escape the city and create your own itinerary on a private full-day custom tour from Amsterdam. With just your guide and private party, explore the Dutch countryside, replete with windmills and waterways, in order to learn of the Netherlands’ history. Opt to discover the picturesque villages of Marken and Volendam; or snap photos of the windmills in Zaanse Schans; or see the 'garden of Europe' at Keukenhof. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.  
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Private tour to the Windmills, Cheese and Clogs and Volendam from AmsterdamDay Trips

Private tour to the Windmills, Cheese and Clogs and Volendam from Amsterdam

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Delve into traditional Dutch culture on a private countryside tour from Amsterdam. Skip the hassle of renting a car and navigating country roads, as a dedicated driver makes it easy to travel from the capital to charming villages like Zaanse Schans, Irene Hoeve, and Volendam. See working windmills, visit a cheese factory, watch how wooden clogs are made, and get tips on the top riverside restaurants for an authentic Dutch lunch.
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