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Zaanse Schans
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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Daytrip Giethoorn and the Windmills of Zaanse Schans

When scrolling down the Zaanse Schans you’ll encounter various old still working Windmills and traditional Dutch artisans where you get The chance to glance over their shoulder while they are performing their crafts.Taste different cheeses and see how wooden shoes are made. Also you Will learn about the rich windmill history that set off the golden age of the Netherlands,We will drive you further through reclaimed land to the magical fairylike village Giethoorn also known as “the Venice of the North. In Giethoorn you will come along in an one hour boat trip with a guide. While you are admiring the thatched roof farmhouses and ducking under wooden picturesque bridges the captain will tell you everything about the history of the village and region. After a nice boat cruise you’ll have time to explore the village on your own  and your guide will tell you how to get around and where to get a well deserved meal .  
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Small Group Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Old Villages Tour from Amsterdam Including Dutch Schnapps Tasting

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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Visit a Local at Zaanse Schans

Be transported back in time and see what life is like in a historic Dutch village. Meet a local resident dressed in traditional 18th century clothing. Your guide gives you a tour through Zaanse Schans, a preserved 18th and 19th century village. Sit down in her home with her for a treat before exploring the village yourself. Immerse yourself in traditional Dutch culture - from wearing wooden shoes, to seeing windmills at work.
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Windmills Shuttle

Visit the beautiful windmill village Zaanse Schans. Here you will experience all that is typical Dutch in just a few hours.From a central meeting point in Amsterdam, a short bus ride will take you to the windmill village ‘Zaanse Schans’. Here you will experience all that is typical Dutch in just a few hours. See the historic working windmills on a tour from Amsterdam at your own leisure! Learn more about the cheese making, watch traditional craftsmen making the famous clogs and other artifacts and view the wooden green painted houses and shops! This will be the perfect opportunity to explore the history of the Dutch town Zaanse Schans.
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Zaanse Schans Tour 4 hours with Private Driver-Private Guide-Private Car

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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Experience the Windmills Together - 20 Min. Public Tour

Let's be honest, we all hate the "standard mass touristy" tours, right?!That's why we started Dutch Boat Tours. We felt like this beautiful UNESCO protected area could use a real tour, with a cool and knowledgeable tour guide, tailored information to the needs of the group and a luxury comfortable boat. We are a young company that does things differently, but still in a high quality way. We limit our tours to a maximum of 12 people and keep the tours as fun and interactive as possible. Bring your family and friends and experience the windmills together with us! (We might even hook you guys up with some free drinks!)
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Experience the Windmills Together - Personalized Private Tour

Let's be honest, we all hate the "standard mass touristy" tours, right?!That's why we started Dutch Boat Tours. We felt like this beautiful UNESCO protected area could use a real tour, with a cool and knowledgeable tour guide, tailored information to the needs of the group and a luxury comfortable boat. With our private tour you are able to experience an authentic and personal experience. We can tailor this experience for your personal needs. Food and drinks can be brought by yourself or arranged by us, just email us about your preferences! You are also able to decide where we go and what see! Perfect for your family gatherings or corporate events.
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Day Trips

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

See Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken on a half-day 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. You can also opt for a ferry cruise from Volendam to Marken (summer only, included in tour price). Choose the full-day option for more time at each stop.
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Charm of Holland - All-inclusive Countryside & Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam

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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Small-Group Zaanse Schans Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam

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

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 Combo: Zaanse Schans Windmills & Delft and The Hague Day Trip

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 where you’ll discover wooden houses, windmills and clogs in these old-world villages. Then, continue your day trip to Delft and The Hague, two don't-miss Dutch cities, followed by a look at famous landmarks in miniature at Madurodam. By combining these two top-selling tours, you save money with the discounted price!
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Guided City Tour & Countryside and Windmills Tour

Colorful windmills, fishing villages and a canal cruise — experience top Amsterdam attractions with this Super Saver that combines three popular tours at one low price. Travel by comfy coach into the Dutch countryside and visit the windmills of Zaanse Schans. In the charming fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, stop at a cheese farm and watch a clog-maker at work.
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Amsterdam Shore Excursion: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip

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 5.5-hour shore excursion from Amsterdam is available in the morning and afternoon.
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Customizable private tour from Amsterdam or Schiphol airport

Escape the city and create your own itinerary on a private full-day custom tour from Amsterdam. With just your guide and private party, you’ll 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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14-day Taste of Europe Tour: France, Italy, Monaco,Switzerland,Germany and more.

Embark on a two-week tour through Western Europe, journeying through 8 different countries and experience 21 incredible cities. Set out from Paris for this 14-day 'taste of Europe,' visiting France's renowned Champagne wine region, seeing Germany's Karl Marx House Museum, dining on a Belgian waffle in Brussels and riding a boat along the many canals of Venice, Italy. Travel by comfortable coach and bed down in 3-star lodgings along the way. Additional countries include the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Monaco.
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Half-day Tours

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

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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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Zaanse Schans and River Zaan Cruise from Amsterdam

Travel to a storybook land of windmills, wooden houses and cheese shops on this private, half-day tour to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam. Visit the traditional Dutch village for a glimpse into the Old World crafts scene and charming atmosphere, and then glide by the many windmills that line the banks of the Zaan River on a private boat trip. Stop for lunch in the town of Zaandam, and hear stories about life on the river from a friendly skipper and guide.
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  • 5 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Zaan River Cruise Including 3-Course Dinner from Amsterdam

Embark on a unique culinary and sightseeing experience with a private dinner cruise along the Zaan River. Glide past windmills and through a lock system while a knowledgeable skipper and guide shares stories of life on the river and among the surrounding landscape. Toast your voyage with a glass of sparkling wine, and stop at three different riverside restaurants to complete a 3-course meal of traditional Dutch dishes. Includes pickup and drop-off from central Amsterdam hotels for a seamless and memorable day trip.
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  • 4 hours
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Half Day trip to Zaanse Schans Windmill Village from Amsterdam

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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Dinner Cruises

Small-Group Zaan River Cruise Including 3-Course Dinner from Amsterdam

See the windmills of the River Zaan from the water and enjoy a 3-course dinner on this 4-hour small-group river cruise experience from Amsterdam. Travel to the picturesque region around the city of Zaandam, savor a glass of bubbles, and embark on a leisurely cruise along the Zaan. Pass the enchanting windmill village of Zaanse Schans; and visit three restaurants to enjoy a starter, main course and dessert. As you cruise, admire Zaandam’s wooden warehouses and cottages, and hear about the area’s industrial heritage and working mills from your skipper-guide.
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  • 4 hours
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