From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour
- Watch how Gouda cheese is made, then have a tasting session
- See windmills from across the Zaan region that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries
- Visit a clog makers and learn more about the traditional wooden shoe
- Admire the elegant houses of the rich merchants and windmill owners
- Learn how the windmills were used in the production of cocoa powder and oil for food
- Taste the typical cheese of Holland at a dairy farm
The windmill village Zaanse Schans is an open air museum that houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th Century. All these buildings were brought here from 1961 onwards bringing back to life this most prosperous period of the Zaan region.
In its golden age the Zaan Region developed into an industrial area on a scale never seen before, with 600 active windmills: wooden factories powered by wind. In these small factories many tasks were being executed with the aid of wind energy: wood sawn by machine, grounding spices, oil for food and paint, flower, cocoa powder and many other things.
The prosperity in the 18th and 19th century can be seen in the Zaanse Schans windmill village in several ways. Alongside windmills, barns and other buildings, you will see beautiful houses that were originally built as home to rich windmill owners and merchants. These houses have attractive facades and have been painted in traditional colors such as green, beige and light blue.
At arrival in the village, your guide will take you on an orientation tour of the village. You will visit the clog museum annex wooden shoemaker shop and in the cheese farm you will get to taste Dutch farmer cheese. Then it is time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off to discover the Zaanse Schans on your own, your guide will give you further information on the Zaanse Schans and its unique character, teach you local history and culture, and give you insider’s tips about what to do and where to go.
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Live commentary on board
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
- People with mobility impairments
- Wheelchair users
Prepare for the activity
This is Holland – Overhoeksplein 51, opposite central station. How to get here: A free shuttle ferry to Buiksloterweg runs 24/7 from Amsterdam Central Station to the north shore of the river IJ - journey time is three minutes). Embark via the two middle pontoons. On disembarking, turn left. It’s two minutes’ walk to This Is Holland.Open in Google Maps ⟶
- Comfortable shoes
• Tour may be operated by multilingual guide
• Infants must sit on laps