Tickets for Zaanse Schans Tour from Amsterdam

Explore a historic collection of Dutch windmills on this tour from Amsterdam

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Duration: 3h
Live guide: English, German, Spanish
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What's included

Transport by air-conditioned bus
Live commentary on board
60-minute Canal Cruise in Amsterdam (if selected)
Admission to THIS IS HOLLAND (if selected)

What's not included

Food and drinks
  • Take the bus from Amsterdam and enjoy the beautiful landscape as you explore the series of six windmills (and other mini ones) that sit on the banks of the Zaan River
  • Explore the inside of working, historic windmills and see the level of ingenuity and hard work that went into harnessing the wind hundreds of years ago
  • See authentic old houses, small local museums and traditional craft shops, and choose to add a relaxing canal cruise or 5D flight experience

The Dutch have always been a resourceful lot and from the late 1500s onwards they set about harnessing the power of the wind that sweeps across this low-lying country by building windmills. Eventually almost 10,000 of them would dot the countryside but today only a fraction remains, and you can see a series of them at Zaanse Schans.

The village is just 20 minutes from Amsterdam and features six historic windmills clustered together. These are all working windmills and have various uses. De Huisman is a mustard mill and you can explore it for free. The other windmills generally cost just €4 to enter and the highlight of them is probably Het Jonge Schaap (The Young Sheep), which is one of the sawmills that helped the Dutch gain mastery of the high seas in the 1600s.

Step inside and see the large, toothy saw blades hovering perpendicular to the floor and the timber being fed in. One of the friendly volunteers will be more than happy to give you an account of how the Dutch reduced the length of time it took to build a ship from three months to three weeks with this nifty innovation!

There is more to Zaanse Schans, however, than just windmills and it is often described as an open-air museum. There are about 35 historic houses, a couple of small museums and old-timey craft shops – one which sells traditional candy and another which features a clog making demonstration every ten minutes.

The tour lasts three hours and there will be a guide on board the bus to give you the lay of the land and a rundown on local history. After that you’ll be able to explore Zaanse Schans at your own speed!

Feel like you could use a little more adventure before the day is over? Try flying over the Netherlands in THIS IS HOLLAND's 5D flight simulator, and see the best views of the entire country in one fun ride. If you're looking for something more relaxing, choose to add a calming cruise along Amsterdam's UNESCO-listed canals instead.

Overhoeksplein 51, 1031 KS, Amsterdam
Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans, Zaandam
  • Show your smartphone ticket at the meeting point in front of THIS IS HOLLAND before boarding the bus
  • For the Canal Cruise and/or THIS IS HOLLAND (if booked), you'll get your ticket with instructions from the driver. You can do it any day after your Zaanse Schans Tour
  • Changes are not possible for this ticket

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