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Holland Windmills

By Viator, January 2014

4.5 29 Reviews | Add your review

Windmills have always played an important part in the life of Holland and its inhabitants, forming a unique element in the Dutch landscape of wide plains, far horizons, glittering canals and floating clouds. The Dutch built windmills for many centuries, to drain the land of excess water, grind corn, and saw timber, their distinctive canvas sails and wooden towers forming an integral part of the scenery and powering the Dutch economy.

Leave Amsterdam behind and discover the typical Dutch countryside outside the capital. Drive through a picture-perfect landscape crisscrossed with canals, authentic wooden houses, windmills, and fishing villages, and witness traditional crafts from days gone by. See the historic shipyards and visit a shoemaker who works with wood to watch his clog-making techniques first-hand!

Preserved since the 1960's, the industrial mills on the banks of the Zaan River vividly capture Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries, along with the dark-green wooden buildings housing museums and traditional workshops.

Laid out like a typical nineteenth-century village, the picturesque Zaanse Schans houses working mills with evocative names including "De Poelenburg" sawmill built in 1869, "De Kat" ("The Cat") built in 1696 to grind paint pigment, oil mills De Zoeker (the seeker) and De Bonte Hen (the speckled hen).

Travel to the world-famous fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, on the coast of the former Zuiderzee, where the old wooden houses are built on stilts and locals still wear their colorful traditional dress. The miniature town of Madurodam - Holland in a Nutshell features the canal houses of Amsterdam, Alkmaar cheese market and parts of the Delta Works all replicated in minute detail. Windmills turn, ships sail through the harbor and trains travel across the city on the world's largest miniature railway.

Visit the historic village of Alkmaar, to see fascinating insights into old Dutch market life with cheese-carriers wearing traditional costumes as they set out the cheeses on the cobblestone square. See the photogenic village of Schermerhorn with its famous old windmills, and travel back to Amsterdam via the medieval town of Edam to visit a cheese factory, where the cheese is still made in the traditional way.

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Amsterdam Super Saver: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Marken Half-Day Tour plus Keukenhof Gardens Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 76 Reviews

Enjoy a Super Saver tour that combines the best of the Dutch countryside – windmills, fishing villages and flowering tulips – all in one day! With a local ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $103.74
$114.96 Save $11.22

Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

4 star rating: Recommended 881 Reviews

Leave Amsterdam behind for a few hours and discover the surrounding Dutch countryside and its wonderful windmills! Drive through idyllic landscapes ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 5.5 or 6.5 hours

From USD $56.08

Amsterdam Super Saver: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Delft and The Hague Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 435 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the charm of the Netherlands with this combination of two best-selling tours at a discounted price. Take a morning tour from Amsterdam to ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.94
$112.15 Save $11.21

Amsterdam Super Saver 3: City Tour, Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Marken Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 306 Reviews

See the best of Amsterdam and windmills galore on this tour that combines two best-selling tours at one low price. Tour top Amsterdam attractions, then travel ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Varies

From USD $77.11
$100.24 Save $23.13

Dutch Windmills and Countryside Day Trip from Amsterdam Including Cheese Tasting in Edam

Historic windmills, charming fishing villages, picturesque canals, a delectable lunch and cheese tastings – this day trip from Amsterdam shows you the best of ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.77

North Holland Day Trip from Amsterdam Including Enclosing Dike

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Marvel at a superb example of Dutch engineering – the Enclosing Dike (Afsluitdijk) – and admire more great sights of North Holland on this day trip from ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.12

Amsterdam Shore Excursion: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

On this Amsterdam shore excursion, leave the city behind for a half-day trip to discover the Dutch countryside. Enjoy a drive through a picture-perfect ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $56.08

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