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Zaanse Schans - Half Day Trip (English Guide)

Zaanse Schans - Half Day Trip (English Guide)

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From our central meeting point, close to central station a short 20 minute bus ride will take you to the windmill village Zaanse Schans. 

Here you will experience all that is typical Dutch in just a few hours. You will learn about the process of cheese making, you can walk on wooden shoes, see the interior of a working windmill and see the wooden green-painted houses and shops.

A professional, experienced and friendly English guide will accompany you throughout the village before you get time to further explore the village on your own.

Meet your guide and driver at our central meeting point just across from Central Station Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned single deck bus will take you to today’s destination in just 20 minutes.

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 saw by machine, grounding spices, oil for food and paint, flour, 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.

Upon 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. 


  • Instant Confirmation
  • All entrance fees included
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide in English
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Explore the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans
  • Learn how Dutch cheese is being made in an old farm
  • Watch traditional craftsman at work, making clogs and other artifacts


  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Live commentary on board


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks

Departure Time and Location:

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 is atwo minutes’ walk to THIS IS HOLLAND

Departure time:

till 20.03: 11:30

from 21.03 to 10.05: 14:30

from 11.05 to 01.11: 11:30

Important to know

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A small amount of walking is involved. 


English, Spanish and German

Voucher details 

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended