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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

1. Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

Join a guided tour from Amsterdam to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans which is an open-air museum housing working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy live commentary from your guide, a clog workshop and a cheese-making demonstration. Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point just across from Central Station in Amsterdam. Settle in for a comfortable, air-conditioned ride on a single deck bus that will take you to your destination in just 20 minutes. Upon arrival in the village, follow your guide for an orientation tour of the village. Visit the clog museum for a live wooden shoemaking workshop. Then, taste some Dutch farmer cheese on the cheese farm. Get a sense of Zaanse Schans' prosperity from the 18th and 19th centuries in the windmill village. Alongside windmills and barns, see houses that were originally built as homes for rich windmill owners and merchants. Admire their colorful facades painted in traditional hues of green, beige, and light blue. Finally, it is time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off, take insider tips from your guide and learn about the region's local history and culture. At the end of the tour, hop back on the bus for your return journey to Amsterdam.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 37 reviews

It was a beautiful experience. Zanse Schans is a must visit place to be added to your list if you are visiting Amsterdam. Tusca was a wonderful guide and was very friendly and made our experience even more wonderful. We missed the bus on the day we wanted to visit this place due to rain. The customer service agent that we called in UK was not helpful at all. But we spoke to another agent on whatsapp chat. Florence rebooked us for the next day. The desk for check in is inside ‘This is Holland’ building.

The guide was awesome. She told us many great things about the trio, about her country and the area and also about the language. She was knowledgeable and helpful. We enjoyed her very much. The trip was very good. Bus was clean and cool, the site was wonderful. We liked learning about the cheese and clogs, and being able to wander. I highly recommend this tour if you’re looking to learn and see Dutch culture. We only had a few days in the Netherlands so this did not disappoint.

What a fun experience! After a short bus ride through the countryside, we arrived at the windmill village. There was a demonstration of both wooden clog making and cheese making. Yum!!! Then with free time, I climbed to the top of one of the working windmills and the view was outstanding.

Fantastic tour. Great commentary and great packed tour. Only problem is that the coach is too comfortable so I snoozed on the way back

Great little trip. Well organised, no hassle. Beautiful place on a beautiful day.