Guided tour

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans 3-Hour Small Group Tour

Activity provider: Zaan Tours
Guided tour

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans 3-Hour Small Group Tour

Activity provider: Zaan Tours
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From US$ 42.21 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

Meet outside of the Hotel NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace. 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

4.8 /5

based on 228 reviews

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Ester was a really good guide, lots of knowledge for the tour (also added her personal touch to the tour from facts of her own life as she was raised in a windmill herself which was really interesting) and she made the whole experience the highlight of our visit to Amsterdam. Highly recommended tour and Ester as a guide.

March 14, 2023

We really enjoyed it. The tour guide was great and full of knowledge about windmills. The clog making was fun and interesting as was the cheese making and tasting. Making our own delicious hot chocolate drinks and seeing how windmills work. It’s about a 20/30 min drive to the village, it was great see to the countryside and on the way back in Dam Square etc…. It was a really good value tour. We went in the rain and it was brilliant, so i can only imagine what it would be like in the sunshine.

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February 26, 2023

This tour was the highlight of my trip to Europe. Our guide was very kind and very knowledgeable of the town. She, herself, is a resident there. We got to take a bus from the middle of Amsterdam out to the town. We visited the windmill, the chocolate store, the chocolate store were we got to make our own hot cocoa (and let me tell you I had more than one), and we visited a clog factory. All of these shops had demonstrations and they were done in English since that's what most of the tour spoke. The tour did take all three hours but it wasn't tedious. I will absolutely be visiting that town again. There is a lot of walking so that is the only think to take into account!

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January 11, 2023

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