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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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Private Tours with the most luxury cars of the world. Lamborghini Urus Rolls - Royce Classic / Phantom / Ex Dutch Royal RR about 19 Rolls-Royces available
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Keukenhof & Flower fields, Volendam and Windmills & Canal cruise

Keukenhof & Flower fields, Volendam and Windmills & Canal cruise

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Trade the bustling city of Amsterdam for a trip to the tulip fields on this small-group tour. Visit the famous Keukenhof Gardens to see thousands of colorful tulips and flowers. Then travel to Zaanse Schans, Edam, and Volendam to learn about Dutch culture including windmills, cheese, and clogs. At the end of your tour, receive a voucher for an Amsterdam canal cruise to use at your leisure.
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Bus, 1-hr Canal Cruise and Volendam, Marken & Windmills Tour

Amsterdam Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Bus, 1-hr Canal Cruise and Volendam, Marken & Windmills Tour

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Maximize your time in Amsterdam and experience the best Holland has to offer with this Amsterdam Super-Saver combo. Your package includes a day outside the city, enjoying the villages of Volendam, Marken and Zaanse Schans, where you can immerse yourself in the typical Dutch culture that makes this country special. Enjoy a popular canal cruise and spend a day discovering Amsterdam on the distinctive red Hop-on Hop-off bus at your leisure. Make sure to see it all, and be able to schedule your tours at your convenience.
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Northern Highlights Tour: visit 4 magnificent places from Amsterdam

Northern Highlights Tour: visit 4 magnificent places from Amsterdam

The Beautiful windmills of the “Zaanse schans”, a world famous dyke, a historic Frisian town and the “Muiderslot”, one of the most beautiful medieval castles in the world. This tour really has it all! Go for unforgettable! Our tours offer The Netherlands at its best. More distance, more adventure, no tourist traps. Best value for money.
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Private Amsterdam and Countryside Tour in a Comfortable Mercedes Minivan

Private Amsterdam and Countryside Tour in a Comfortable Mercedes Minivan

20 minutes drive from Amsterdam, you will find the Zaan region, Western Europe's oldest industrial area. In the past there used to be running more than 500 windmills here. Now a days, ten pairs of sails continue to turn in the historical village of Zaanse Schans. It's picturesque mills are still used for sawing wood and grinding flower, spices and oil. Exiting demonstrations accros the entire site will acquaint you with all kind of traditional Dutch crafts. Besides the Windmills, The country side offers polders, water, wind, cheese, clogs and many other things that are typically Dutch. This day trip to the Dutch countryside and visits to the fishing villages Volendam and Marken is a must during your holidays in the Netherlands. Discover the region’s history at a fascinating museum, do a tasting at a cheese factory, visit an authentic Dutch bakery and much more and enjoy free time at the lovely fishing harbor on the Markermeer lake.
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Dutch Countryside Sightseeing Day Tour

Dutch Countryside Sightseeing Day Tour

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Enjoy personalized attention and an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour of the Dutch countryside from Amsterdam. You'll spend the day in the company of a guide who provides all navigation, transportation, and commentary on the sights; you'll be able to relax and enjoy the experience as all the details are arranged for you. Highlights include a Dutch cheese tasting, views of the windmills at Zaanse Schans, and a stop in the fishing village of Volendam.
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Sightseeing Tour to the Windmills, Cheese factory and Volendam from Amsterdam

Sightseeing Tour to the Windmills, Cheese factory and Volendam from Amsterdam

Get a taste of Dutch country traditions on a private half-day trip from Amsterdam to the picturesque villages of North Holland. Explore the centuries-old industries of cheesemaking and clog carving in Zaanse Schans, famous for its working windmills that line the River Zaan. Hop back into your private vehicle for the drive to the pretty fishing village of Volendam, where there’s time to enjoy a fresh seafood lunch on the harbor or catch a ferry over to Marken, another charming heritage town.
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Private Tour to the Windmills, Wooden shoe making and Volendam from Amsterdam

Private Tour to the Windmills, Wooden shoe making and Volendam from Amsterdam

Don’t let limited time in Amsterdam stop you escaping to the countryside: eliminate the stress of advance planning on a private day trip to Volendam, a traditional Dutch village famous for its wooden shoes and windmills. Exploring with a private guide means that you’ll benefit from both undivided attention and insider info while also enjoying the flexibility to customize your itinerary according to your interests.
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Private tour to the Windmills, Cheese and Clogs and Volendam from Amsterdam

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Delve into traditional Dutch culture on a private countryside tour from Amsterdam. Skip the hassle of renting a car and navigating country roads, as a dedicated driver makes it easy to travel from the capital to charming villages like Zaanse Schans, Irene Hoeve, and Volendam. See working windmills, visit a cheese factory, watch how wooden clogs are made, and get tips on the top riverside restaurants for an authentic Dutch lunch.
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Full day tour to Giethoorn incl Canal Cruise and Windmills tour from Amsterdam

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Discover some of the Netherlands’ most beautiful countryside highlights on this seamless, private tour. Following pickup from your hotel, travel in the comfort of a luxury Mercedes. Your first stop is the charming village of Giethoorn: renowned for its scenic canals, thatched-roof homes, and tranquil pace of living. See the town, and go for a canal cruise. Then, transfer to Zaanse Schans: home to iconic, heritage windmills. Finally, return to your hotel.
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Private Tour to Giethoorn incl Canal Cruise and Windmills Tour from Amsterdam

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Explore the picturesque village of Giethoorn and sail down its beautiful canals during this full-day private tour from Amsterdam. Giethoorn is a car-free known for its old thatched-roof houses and boat-filled canals as well as its special museums. Then head to the Zaanse Schans district and see the famous Dutch windmills, wooden houses, and cheese factory before heading back to Amsterdam.
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Private Sightseeing tour to Keukenhof Gardens and the Windmills from Amsterdam

Private Sightseeing tour to Keukenhof Gardens and the Windmills from Amsterdam

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Discover the natural beauty and traditional heritage of Holland on this sightseeing adventure from Amsterdam. Following a pickup at your hotel, spin through the countryside in comfort by private vehicle to the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens—where tulip bulbs bloom into a carpet of seasonal color. Take a treasure hunt or visit the petting zoo and playground, before your second stop—the elegant windmills of Zaanse Schans.
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Private Tulip Fields gardens, Windmills, Volendam and Marken tour from Amsterdam

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Skip the crowded group tours and travel to Keukenhof in comfort on this private tour. Get picked up in a Mercedes sedan or minivan and head for the Netherlands' best-known flower garden to see more than seven million bulbs with a total of 800 varieties of tulips.
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Private tour to Keukenhof tulip fields, Giethoorn and Windmills from Amsterdam

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Forget the stress of navigating public transport with private transfer to Keukenhof Gardens from Amsterdam. Travel the distance from your hotel quickly and comfortably via air-conditioned vehicle to optimize your time in Europe’s largest flower garden and enjoy the flexibility of a private excursion to pick a departure time that works for you.
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Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour plus Amsterdam Canal Cruise

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Enjoy a day away from the capital on a tour to Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Edam, with a complimentary city canal cruise ticket included. Gain insight into rural Holland from on-board commentary as you cruise between attractions with ease via air-conditioned vehicle. Benefit from free time to explore the Dutch countryside at your own pace, then unwind after sightseeing with a calm cruise on UNESCO-listed waterways.
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Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour plus THIS IS HOLLAND

Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour plus THIS IS HOLLAND

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Edam, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans are considered among Holland’s must-see sites of interest, but organizing transportation and tickets to explore solo takes up valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, reach all three sites in a day with round-trip travel from Amsterdam included, and explore the culture and history of Holland. Discover 18th-century windmills, traditional cheese farms, and tranquil canals, and admire top attractions like the wooden Stolphoevekerk and the Visafslag.
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Private Tour: Zaan River Cruise Including 3-Course Dinner from Amsterdam

Private Tour: Zaan River Cruise Including 3-Course Dinner from Amsterdam

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Embark on a unique culinary and sightseeing experience with a private dinner cruise along the Zaan River. Glide past windmills and through a lock system while a knowledgeable skipper and guide shares stories of life on the river and among the surrounding landscape. Toast your voyage with a glass of sparkling wine, and stop at three different riverside restaurants to complete a 3-course meal of traditional Dutch dishes. Includes pickup and drop-off from central Amsterdam hotels for a seamless and memorable day trip.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Day Tour of Tulips and Windmills including a Pancake Lunch

Private Day Tour of Tulips and Windmills including a Pancake Lunch

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Escape the city crowds and discover the Dutch countryside on a private day tour to Zaanse Schans and Keukenhof from Amsterdam. Gain insight into Holland’s culture at a clog workshop, cheese farm, working windmill, and as you tiptoe through the tulips, the national flower of Holland. Avoid hidden costs with a pancake lunch and entrance fees included, and relax with seamless round-trip transfer from your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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Small-Group Zaan River Cruise Including 3-Course Dinner from Amsterdam

Small-Group Zaan River Cruise Including 3-Course Dinner from Amsterdam

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See the windmills of the River Zaan from the water and enjoy a 3-course dinner on this 4-hour small-group river cruise experience from Amsterdam. Travel to the picturesque region around the city of Zaandam, savor a glass of bubbles, and embark on a leisurely cruise along the Zaan. Pass the enchanting windmill village of Zaanse Schans; and visit three restaurants to enjoy a starter, main course and dessert. As you cruise, admire Zaandam’s wooden warehouses and cottages, and hear about the area’s industrial heritage and working mills from your skipper-guide.
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  • 4 hours
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Half-Day Open Boat Rental in Zaandam from Amsterdam

Half-Day Open Boat Rental in Zaandam from Amsterdam

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Take the wheel of an open boat for a 4-hour private rental in Zaandam with transfer from central Amsterdam. Experience the flexibility of an independent trip, and steer to the Amsterdam waterfront or towards the windmills, barns and traditional homes of Zaanse Schans. Relax on deck with a picnic lunch while you soak up the sun and scenery on the coast of the Netherlands; enjoy your time away from the hustle and bustle of the city before returning to Amsterdam.
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  • 4 hours
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E-fatbike rental Volendam - Countryside of Amsterdam

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Avoid the restrictions of a formal itinerary on a self-led tour of Amsterdam’s rural surrounding by e-fatbike. Customize your itinerary according to your interests, and set off to explore at a time that suits you, with a range of departure slots and rental periods to choose from. Zip between Dutch villages such as Volendam, Edam, or Marken with ease, and enjoy time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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7 Day Taste of Central Europe Tour Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium

7 Day Taste of Central Europe Tour Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium

This week-long adventure hits several of Europe’s great cities and is an excellent choice for travelers who want to make the most of their travel time. Beginning in Amsterdam, make your way through the Dutch countryside and on to several cities across Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and Germany. See the highlights of each city via a luxury coach with the added bonus of traveling with a dedicated tour guide.
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4-Day Highlights of Amsterdam and Paris

4-Day Highlights of Amsterdam and Paris

Catch a glimpse of Central Europe's two most fascinating and vibrant cities. Your journey starts with a stroll around the Dutch countryside and windmills town, Zaanse Schans. And between 21 March till 10 May 2020, we will visit the beautiful garden of Europe, Keukenhof. Then you will continue to the bustling streets and canals in Amsterdam. After Amsterdam we are heading towards South to Brussels and arrive finally in the City of Lights, Paris with all its main attractions, Louvre museum, Galerie Lafayette, Eiffel tower and more, This tour will leave you a grandeur and historic feeling after those vibrant cities. You will end your tour in Paris with an unforgettable experience!
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Discover the Dutch countryside & windmills with a private guide

Discover the Dutch countryside & windmills with a private guide

Explore the Dutch country side with this private day trip to Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Marken. Get picked up at your hotel by your private guide that will drive you around in a comfortable vehicle. After 30 minutes you will arrive at Zaanse Schans where you explore the Dutch countryside and windmills. Your private guide will tell you about the area and you have entrance to various windmills. See the inside of a Dutch windmill and explore the many traditional wooden houses, barns and shops. Your private guide will also bring you to a Dutch cheese farm to taste cheeses and a traditional Dutch waffle factory. From Zaanse Schans your private guide will drive you to Volendam and Marken. These traditional fishing villages are known for its green timbered houses and harbor. Your private guide will tell you about the interesting history of these villages and show you around. From here your guide will drive you back to the hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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