Windmill tour to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam

Duration: up to 3 hours 30 minutes
Language: English, Spanish, German
Availability: Daily
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

Do this because

Visit Zaanse Schans, the beautiful windmill village

See a demonstration of wooden shoemaking and other Dutch traditions

Experience Holland’s rich culture through its picturesque countryside

What to expect

Take a short 20-minute bus ride and discover the windmill village Zaanse Schans. Experience all that is typical Dutch in just a few hours. You will learn about the process of cheese making, watch a demonstration of clog making and see working windmills, green wooden houses, and nice shops.

Upon arrival, your guide will take you on an orientation tour of the village, talk about its unique character, local history and culture, and give you insider tips about what to do and where to go. You will visit the clog museum annex wooden shoemaker shop and you will get to taste Dutch farmer cheese at the cheese farm. There will be time to further explore the village on your own.

The windmill village Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum that houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th Centuries. These buildings were important in bringing back to life the most prosperous period of the Zaan region. In its golden age, the Zaan Region developed into an industrial area on a scale never seen before with 600 active windmills, which are wooden factories powered by wind. In these small factories, many tasks were being executed with the aid of wind energy, such as wood sawing by machine, grounding spices, oil for food and paint, flour, cocoa powder, and many other things.

The prosperity in the 18th and 19th centuries can be seen in the Zaanse Schans windmill village in several ways. Alongside windmills, barns, and other buildings, you will see beautiful houses that were originally built as home to rich windmill owners and merchants. These houses have attractive facades and have been painted in traditional colors.

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COVID-19 information

The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds

The experience complies with government regulations

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test may be required, please confirm the local requirements before your visit

What’s included

Wooden shoemaker


All taxes, fees and handling charges

Transport by air-conditioned coach

Live commentary on board

What’s not included

Gratuities (optional)

Food and drinks


Overhoeksplein 51, Amsterdam

Meeting point:

Meet your guide at THIS IS HOLLAND, Overhoeksplein 51. How to get there: Take the 3-minute free shuttle ferry to Buiksloterweg from Amsterdam Central Station. On disembarking, turn left.


Tour Company

Cancellation policy

Receive a 85% refund if you cancel up to 7 days before the activity begins., Receive a 50% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the activity begins.

Important to know

  • The bus tour will be guided in English, German and Spanish
  • A small amount of walking is involved so comfortable shoes are recommended