Tickets for Zaanse Schans Tour

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

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3 hours
  • 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 – including one which sells classic Dutch candy

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!

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Transport by air-conditioned bus
Live commentary on board
Food and drinks
Overhoeksplein 51, 1031 KS, Amsterdam
Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans, Zaandam

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Nov 6, 2018
Great, loved exploring the Dutch countryside, beautiful windmills in a beautiful mystical old Dutch style Village, with a great tour guide who presented in multiple languages including my language English. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Amsterdam!
Oct 9, 2018
This tour was superb, from the great service, the comfort of the coach and the sights we visited. Rick kept us well informed and entertained during our ride from the A'dam lockout to the Zaanse Schans. We enjoyed his narrative in all languages. Three hours is just enough time to see all demonstations, explore a bit on your own and shop. 
We enjoyed this tour and I would highly recommend it!
Jul 31, 2018
Was beautifully place and the tour guard spoke 3 languages witch was great!
Jun 6, 2018
Yes. I have a friend coming to Amsterdam very soon. I will be telling her to book a trip.
Dec 24, 2017
An enjoyable tour. Very good guide and the trip is well-planned!
Jun 6, 2017
Lovely visit, got to walk around the whole village, would have enjoyed being able to enjoy the clog and cheese museum at our own pace rather than following the tour guide. Beautiful scenery and there is more to see than just the windmills. Would recommend going on this tour to see the Dutch countryside!
Aug 1, 2019
Lo consiglio... Bello. Guida molto cordiale . Passaggi olandesi imperdibili..
May 28, 2019
Mar 26, 2019
Una visita corta pero muy interesante y bonita
Feb 25, 2019
Tour della durata di 3 ore. Zaanse Schans molto bella, con caratteristici mulini e un suggestivo paesaggio circostante. È una vera e propria immersione nel passato. È compresa anche la dimostrazione di come vengono costruite le classiche calzature in legno olandesi e la spiegazione delle varie fasi per l'ottenimento di formaggio. Bisogna presentare il voucher all' A'Dam Tower per ottenere il biglietto.

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