Tickets for Windmill Cruise Through Zaanse Schans

Learn about the amazing windmills of Zaanse Schans and see them from the water

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25 minutes
  • Board a boat and get the best views of the windmills of Zaanse Schans from the water, away from the crowded footpaths
  • See and visit different mills, including The Young Sheep, The Cat, The Seeker, The Houseman and The Crowned Poelenburg
  • Learn some Dutch windmill history with your audio guide and find out how the mills produced oil, tobacco, paint, and mustard

Nothing beats the traditional Dutch views you'll get from the water on this Windmill Cruise through Zaanse Schans. Learn about the mills from your audio and live guides, find out what they produce, from tobacco, to paint, to mustard, then hop off the boat and visit them!

Did you know that the area of Zaanse Schans was once home to over 600 windmills? Now there are far fewer, but your Windmill Cruise through Zaanse Schans makes visiting what's left easy-breezy.

Plug into the audio guide in your choice of language to learn all about the rich history of the Netherlands' most famous agricultural structures.

The five you'll see from the boat are The Young Sheep, The Cat, The Seeker, The Houseman and The Crowned Poelenburg. Learn how each was used for a different purpose, from producing paint by converting raw materials into pigments, to producing tobacco, oil and mustard, to roasting peanuts.

Hop off the boat after your tour and pay them a visit. You can even try some of those mill-roasted peanuts!

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What's included
Windmill cruise
Audio guide
Entry to the sawmill Het Jonge Schaap
  • Scan you smartphone ticket at the boat
  • Boats depart every 30 minutes between 11:00 and 16:00
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Windmill Cruises Zaanse Schans
Kalverringdijk 21A, 1509BT, Zaandam
Key info
Audio guide
Dutch, English, German, Spanish
Live guide
Dutch, English
Additional info

Getting There

  • Bus: RNet bus 391 from Amsterdam Central Station to Zaanse Schans stop, buses depart every 15 minutes
  • Train from Amsterdam Central Station to Zaandijk - Zaanse Schans + 15 minutes walking
Ratings & reviews
7 Reviews

Jul 13, 2019
Sep 18, 2018
Excellent visit to historic town outside of Amsterdam with operating windmills and bucolic landscape mixed with industrial presence. Great time and informative museum.
Aug 8, 2018
Very informative, and a fun way of presenting it giving each windmill their own character, with a different voice.

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