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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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Cultural Tours

Daytrip Giethoorn and the Windmills of Zaanse Schans

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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Zaanse Schans Private Tour 4 hours incl. windmill boat tour with Private Guide

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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Excursion to the mills of Zaanse Schans

There is no better way to enjoy the afternoon in the Netherlands than knowing the Zaanse Schans windmills, economic engine of the country between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, as the Dutch took advantage of the force of the wind to grind the spices they brought from the colonies , make oils, mustards, etc.We will enter a mill dedicated to spices to know its operation and a workshop of clogs, where they will show us the method of the manufacture of traditional Dutch footwear.We will also visit a cheese factory where we can try a variety of Dutch cheeses and where they will explain the process of making these delicacies.Of course, before returning to Amsterdam, we will enjoy free time to walk and make the best pictures.
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Day Trips

Visit Kaatje Slagter 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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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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Private Family Day in Magical Zaanse Schans

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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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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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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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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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour to the Windmills, Cheese and Clogs Volendam, Marken from Amsterdam

Escape the crowded city of Amsterdam on a private trip through Europe’s most charming countryside. Just half an hour from Amsterdam, enjoy traditional Dutch culture at the fishing village of Volendam and the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Eat lunch at a traditional seafood restaurant and take a ferry cruise on the Volendam-Marken Express. A luxury vehicle with a personal guide takes you round trip; no need to navigate trains or crowded buses.
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Day Trips

Tour to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken

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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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 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. By combining these two top-selling tours, you save money with the discounted price!
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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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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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Historical & Heritage Tours

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 half-day shore excursion from Amsterdam is available in the morning and afternoon.
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I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

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Day Trips

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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Day Trips

Keukenhof and Flowerfields, Volendam and Zaanse Schans with Small Group

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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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Day Trips

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

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

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

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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