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

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

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See Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken on a half- or 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. Choose the full-day option for more time at each stop. Enjoy a complimentary canal cruise in Amsterdam to use at your leisure.
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Small-Group Zaanse Schans Half-Day Tour from AmsterdamHalf-day Tours

Small-Group Zaanse Schans 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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Daytrip Giethoorn and the Windmills of Zaanse SchansDay Trips

Daytrip Giethoorn and the Windmills of Zaanse Schans

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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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Tour to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and MarkenDay Trips

Tour to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken

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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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Small Group Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Old Villages Tour from Amsterdam Including Dutch Schnapps TastingDay Trips

Small Group Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Old Villages Tour from Amsterdam Including Dutch Schnapps Tasting

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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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Zaanse Schans Windmills & Delft and The Hague Day Trip with Free 1-Hour CruiseDay Trips

Zaanse Schans Windmills & Delft and The Hague Day Trip with Free 1-Hour Cruise

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Immerse yourself in the charm of the Netherlands with this action-packed Super Saver that shows you the best of Holland in one memorable day. In the morning, journey outside Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken to discover wooden houses, windmills, and clogs in these old-world villages. Then, continue your day trip to Delft and The Hague, two can't-miss Dutch cities, followed by a look at famous landmarks in miniature at Madurodam. You also get an Amsterdam canal cruise to use at your leisure.
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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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Amsterdam Shore Excursion: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day TripDay Trips

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

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Leave the bustle of Amsterdam behind and spend half a day exploring the Dutch countryside. Feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the 17th and 18th centuries when you visit Zaanse Schans, a village of windmills and wooden houses. Your idyllic journey continues in the well-known fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, and includes a visit to a traditional cheese farm. This half-day shore excursion from Amsterdam is available in the morning and afternoon.
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Hop on Hop off Bus to Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam from AmsterdamDay Trips

Hop on Hop off Bus to Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam from Amsterdam

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Discover the charm and traditions of the Dutch countryside at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off bus tour from Amsterdam. Spend as much time as you like at seven different stops, from the historic fishing village of Monnickendam to the famous cheese-making town of Edam and photogenic Zaanse Schans, known for its windmills. An optional upgrade lets you choose two immersive experiences, like a canal ride in Zaanse Schans or a keepsake photo in traditional Dutch clothing in Volendam.
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Amsterdam Combo: Keukenhof Gardens and Zaanse Schans Windmill VillageDay Trips

Amsterdam Combo: Keukenhof Gardens and Zaanse Schans Windmill Village

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A windmill village, a tulip garden, and a clog museum are a few of the stops you make on this quintessential Dutch countryside tour from Amsterdam. Leave the city behind and enjoy a jam-packed full-day itinerary, starting with a visit to the colorful Keukenhof Gardens, home to over 800 varieties of tulips. Next, visit the traditional windmill village of Zaanse Schans and get a feel for life in 19th-century Netherlands. Peek into the wind-powered factories, sample regional cheeses at a local farm shop, then watch a shoemaking demonstration at the clog museum.
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Charm of Holland - All-inclusive Countryside & Windmills Day Trip from AmsterdamDay Trips

Charm of Holland - All-inclusive Countryside & Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam

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Delve into the rich cultural tapestry of Holland on a comprehensive day-trip from Amsterdam. With a professional guide, travel through Holland’s beautiful countryside and discover tulip-filled meadows, historical windmills and traditional cheese factories. Visit villages and towns like Edam, Marken, Volendam and Zaanse Schans, and enjoy a pleasant balance of guided walking tours and leisurely free time. Taste the globally renowned cheese of Volendam; witness the art of wooden shoe-making in Marken; take a tranquil cruise to Volendam; and marvel at the ancient windmills of Zaanse Schans.
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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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Keukenhof and Flowerfields, Volendam and Zaanse Schans Small-Group TourDay Trips

Keukenhof and Flowerfields, Volendam and Zaanse Schans Small-Group Tour

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During the spring months of March, April, and May, Keukenhof Gardens alights in a vibrant spectacle of color. During your time in Amsterdam, visit the world’s largest flower garden when in bloom on this 9-hour excursion to Keukenhof Gardens, Zaanse Schans, and Volendam. Stroll amid millions of tulips, daffodils, and other spring bulbs at Keukenhof Gardens; admire the windmills and waterways of Zaanse Schans; and discover the quaint seaside village of Volendam. Small-group tour limited to eight people.  
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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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Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam incl. Canal Cruise Day Cruises

Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam incl. Canal Cruise

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Step into a world of blooming tulips, windmills, wooden clogs, and Dutch cheese on a full-day tour from Amsterdam that combines some of the country’s top highlights. From a guided garden walk to an Amsterdam canal cruise, the included experiences feature a mix of culture, history, and tradition. A hands-on cheese workshop offers the chance to learn about and taste classic Dutch cheeses.
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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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Guided Tour to Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans + 5D Flight ExperienceDay Trips

Guided Tour to Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans + 5D Flight Experience

See all the Dutch icons such as the tulips in the Keukenhof, windmills, cheese and clogs at the Zaanse Schans. Experience the beauty of Keukenhof Gardens in bloom on a guided tour from Amsterdam in the company of an expert guide and travel by a comfortable bus. Experience the most famous bulb region, passing through remarkable flower-filled meadows. In the afternoon continue to the windmill village Zaanse Schans and see all the other dutch icons such as windmills, cheese and clogs.
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Zaanse Schans Private Tour 4 hours with Private Car Private GuideBus Tours

Zaanse Schans Private Tour 4 hours with Private Car Private Guide

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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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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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HOLLAND MAGNIFICENT 2021 (Keukenhof - Volendam - Zaanse Schans)Day Trips

HOLLAND MAGNIFICENT 2021 (Keukenhof - Volendam - Zaanse Schans)

Travel comfortably from Amsterdam to Keukenhof Tulip Garden, the traditional, painted village of Volendam, and windmill-filled Zaanse Schans during this full-day guided excursion, which includes admission tickets and a Dutch cheese-tasting. See millions of vibrant, colorful blossoms at over 20 stunning on-site flower shows, shop for souvenirs and pose for photos in Dutch costumes, and get a peek at a working clog factory.
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