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Ever wondered what life was like in 17th and 18th century Netherlands? The Zaanse Schans, 15km north of Amsterdam, is the kind of museum that shows rather than tells, and is the perfect place to immerse yourself in all things traditionally Dutch. The conserved area is still inhabited, but set up like an open-air museum where visitors can wander the village, explore the preserved buildings and watch local craftsmen at work.

Green wooden houses, a historic shipyard, traditional grocery store and a pewter factory are among the village’s visitor attractions although the Zaanse Schans is most famous for its windmills, once used for everything from paint-making to paper production. 250 years ago around 600 windmills stood in the area, however, only 5 are currently open to visitors, including a sawmill and an oil mill, which can be explored during open hours.

Visiting the workshops of local craftsmen is another popular activity, where cheese making and clog-making demonstrations are the key attractions, but there are also pewter casting and mustard making demonstrations. Once you’re finished exploring, pop into the bakery for a taste of the sweet white duivekater bread, buy a bag of sweets from Albert Heijn – the village’s oldest shop, and enjoy cheese tasting at the cheese and dairy farm.

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Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Tour from Amsterdam, Amsterdam, null
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Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Tour from Amsterdam

4 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Step back into the Holland of old at Zaanse Schans and the fishing town of Volendam on 5-hour afternoon or morning trip from Amsterdam. With an expert guide, ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $64.02
Small-Group Zaanse Schans Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Day Trips
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Small-Group Zaanse Schans Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam

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Take a 3-hour half-day tour to the countryside and explore Zaanse Schans in a small group. See how a clog maker is making the famous Dutch wooden shoe, visit a ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.27
Private Tour: Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam

Explore Zaanse Schans on this 3-hour private tour from Amsterdam to the Dutch countryside and also visit a wooden-shoe workshop, cheese farm and an operating ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.54
Amsterdam Super Saver: Zaanse Schans Windmills plus Delft, The Hague and Madurodam Day Trip, ... 
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Zaanse Schans Windmills plus Delft, The Hague and Madurodam Day Trip

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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 $92.24
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Dutch Countryside and Culture Tour from Amsterdam Including Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam, ... 
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Dutch Countryside and Culture Tour from Amsterdam Including Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam

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Get to grips with Dutch culture on a half-day morning tour to the countryside from Amsterdam. In the company of a guide, visit the quaint villages of Zaanse ...  Read more

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

From USD $48.78
Small Group Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Old Villages Tour from Amsterdam Including Dutch ... 
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Small Group Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Old Villages Tour from Amsterdam Including Dutch Schnapps Tasting

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Get the full experience of all the Dutch countryside has to offer on this 5-hour, small group tour from Amsterdam. Travel in comfort by private bus to the ...  Read more

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

From USD $53.17
Amsterdam Super Saver: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Marken Half-Day Tour plus Keukenhof ... 
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Marken Half-Day Tour plus Keukenhof Gardens Tour

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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 $96.58
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Amsterdam Day-Trip Combo: Keukenhof Gardens and Zaanse Schans Windmill Village, Amsterdam, Day Trips
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Amsterdam Day-Trip Combo: Keukenhof Gardens and Zaanse Schans Windmill Village

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Experience the beauty of Keukenhof Gardens in bloom on a guided morning tour from Amsterdam in the company of an expert guide and travel by small comfortable ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.72
Amsterdam Super Saver: Bruges Day Trip plus Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day ... 
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Bruges Day Trip plus Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Discover Amsterdam’s scenic surroundings with this 2-day Amsterdam Super Saver, combining two best-selling tours at one discounted price. The first day, cross ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 12 hours (Day 1); 5hours (Day 2)

From USD $134.77
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Small-Group Zaanse Schans Half-Day Tour with River Cruise to Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Super Savers
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Small-Group Zaanse Schans Half-Day Tour with River Cruise to Amsterdam

Step back in time to a land of wooden shoes and windmills during this 4-hour tour of Zaanse Schans. From central Amsterdam, depart for the quaint Northern ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.12

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