Guided tour

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans 3-Hour Small Group Tour

Activity provider: Zaan Tours

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans 3-Hour Small Group Tour

Activity provider: Zaan Tours
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From US$ 40.27 per person

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Head to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam to learn about clog making, taste some cheese and step into a working windmill.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Dutch, English


  • Visit a working industrial windmill to learn how it operates
  • Enjoy the stories about the area told to you by your local guide
  • See how wooden clogs are made
  • Taste delicious cheeses at a local cheese farm
  • Be part of a small-group tour for a more personal experience
Full description
Starting from Amsterdam, enjoy a comfortable drive to Zaanse Schans. There, hear your guide tell you about the sights and history of this unique, small village and region. Visit a wooden shoe workshop to see how the traditional wooden clogs are made. Also, enjoy a trip to a local cheese farm to learn how the Dutch Gouda cheeses are made. There, taste all kinds of delicious cheeses. After hearing about the magnificent windmills from your guide, enter one to see how these wind-powered industries operate. Get out on the balcony to experience the power of the wind yourself and to enjoy the lovely view of the countryside. After your guided tour at Zaanse Schans, head back to Amsterdam.
  • Windmill entrance fees
  • Local guide
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Guided tour at Zaanse Schans
  • Demonstration of clog making
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Outside of hotel NH Barbizon Palace, Prins Hendrikkade 59-72, Amsterdam. Look for the orange umbrella.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers. Due to regulations in the Netherlands babies and children are required to have a seat in the car. As seats are limited on this tour, they need a booking
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions
  • This tour requires a moderate amount of walking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 189 reviews

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The trip was exactly as described, the GUID David was very nice, was able to tell a lot about the village and Amsterdam and responded to our wishes because the group was so small. The nature of the village was very beautiful, actually invites you to go hiking. This is a reconstructed village that is a kind of unofficial open-air museum. However, all the houses except for the windmills (apart from individual residential buildings) are all just tourism shops, ie souvenir shops with kitsch. The clog workshop is also a shop. However, an employee uses authentic tools to show how shoes were manufactured industrially in the past. This "cheese factory" is a pure cheese shop. The apple pie in the cafe was delicious. The windmill was really interesting, we saw it from the inside. It was the only entry fee, this ticket was included in the ride.

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June 16, 2022

Great half day tour from Amsterdam, definitely at the top of my list of experiences in the Netherlands. Small group (8 or less), excellent tour guide, and beautiful scenery at Zaanse Schans. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Able to see a dutch clog demonstration, Gouda cheese shop, small chocolate shop, and ample time at an operating windmill all within a half day without feeling rushed.

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May 23, 2022

El grupo era efectivamente pequeño, salimos puntuales y hrnos tenido unas hiras muy agradables viendo le pueblo y haciendo las actividades relacionadas (subir molino, taller zuecos y tienda quesos). Al tener tiempo nuestra guia también nos pillo una charlita de cómo se hace el queso y otra sobre el chocolate. Muy bien!

April 13, 2022

Product ID: 110032