Zaandam
Neighborhood Tours

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended Zaandam Neighborhood Tours

  • From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

    1. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

    Immerse yourself in the culture of the Netherlands on this amazing tour through the jewels of the Dutch countryside. The tour starts from Amsterdam’s Central Station and heads to the first destination of the day, Zaanse Schans. Spend some time admiring the typical Dutch windmills of the town, and learn about how they are still used today. Next, drive to the Waterland area to arrive at the second stop of the tour, Edam. Walk around some of the town’s most historical sites, including the town square where the famous cheese market used to take place. Then head to Volendam to visit a local cheese producer and learn from the cheese master about the production of Edam and Gouda cheeses. Head towards a clog factory next to discover the secrets of this typical Dutch shoe. Then, travel back in time to the 17th century as you wander through the fishermen’s houses in the Marken, and explore this ...

    Wonderful interesting tour. I saw many out-of-the way places that I enjoyed so much. Slow pace so we can take photos. Very good English-speaking. Price for value is Excellent! Highly recommend, top marks.

  • From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

    2. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour

    Meet your guide and driver at a 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 sawn by machine, grounding spices, oil for food and paint, flower, cocoa powder and many other things. The prosperity in the 18th and 19th cent...

    Good tour make sure you check the weather sunny days will give you the best experience

  • Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam and Windmills Live Guided Tour

    3. Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam and Windmills Live Guided Tour

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam on a half-day guided tour of the Dutch countryside, starting with a 20-minute drive to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. This outdoor conservation area is situated on the banks of the Zaan River and is home to traditional 18th and 19th century architecture, including several functioning windmills. Watch live demonstrations of craftsmen at work, including a clog maker crafting the famous wooden shoes of the Netherlands. There will be some free time to explore the village on your own, before traveling through the distinctive polders (land reclaimed from the water) of the Beemster area. From there continue on to Edam, also commonly referred to as the pearl of the Zuiderzee. Edam’s ancient streets and tranquil canals are lined by beautiful 17th century buildings, including the leaning Carillon tower, the Great Church, and town hall. Most famou...

    The cheese making demonstration in Edam was very interesting and the variety of cheeses available to taste was enlightening. The windmills in Volendam were beautiful and the tour inside was fascinating. Volendam itself was a lovely village but touristy, a larger version of Holland Michigan.

  • Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

    4. Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

    Learn about Dutch culture and history as you discover the area of Zaanse Schans on a half-day bicycle tour from Amsterdam. Meet your guide at Amsterdam Central Station and travel to Zaandam by train to start the bicycle tour. Cycle past industrial windmills and admire the beautiful landscape. Stop at a sawmill to learn how it operates, and visit a paper mill to see how paper was made in the 17th century. Pedal through the stunning wetlands, painted by Monet at the end of the 19th century. Pass the neighborhood of Domineestuin, filled with authentic wooden houses, before arriving in Zaanse Schans. Park your bicycle and enjoy a demonstration of how clogs are made. Take the opportunity to taste delicious Gouda cheese, a local specialty. After a fantastic half-day experience, return by bike to Zaandam and board the train back to Amsterdam Central Station, where your tour will end.

  • Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

    5. Amsterdam: Giethoorn, Volendam, and Zaanse Schans Tour

    You will begin with to a trip to the enchanting village of Giethoorn in the north of the Netherlands for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Known as the “Venice of North”, the village is notable for its many canals and complete lack of roads. You will explore this fairy tale village, where less than 3,000 people live, throughout a 1-hour guided boat tour. Explore the preserved village on foot, and see how each farmhouse is built on a small man-made island. Wander the narrow footpaths to discover hundreds of bridges, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the village. Your trip will continue to the village of Volendam, where you can admire brightly painted wooden houses and see locals wearing their colorful regional attire. Your guide will take you on a short walk through the Volendam harbor, which has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in the village since 1875. This is a grea...

    it was perfect and the guid is so wonderful. he laugh all the time and he was helpful.

  • From Amsterdam: Dutch Countryside Sightseeing Small Group

    6. From Amsterdam: Dutch Countryside Sightseeing Small Group

    Enjoy a leisurely, laid back tour to some of The Netherlands most popular rural tourist destinations on a half-day countryside tour from Amsterdam. Traveling in small groups of no more than 20 people, you will visit the once busy fishing harbor of Volendam. Now a picturesque tourist destination, it is the perfect spot to watch the boats come and go, taste local fish delicacies, or walk along the narrow alleyways between traditional fishermen’s houses. Next, go to western Europe’s first industrial area, and admire the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans. Travel back to the 17th and 18th centuries as you explore well preserved buildings, and discover how traditional Dutch clogs are made at a wooden shoe workshop. Continue off the main road to experience the Dutch countryside up-close-and-personal. Pass some of the lesser known villages of the area, such as Broek in Waterland, Monnickend...

    Excellent day trip into the counteyside with a great guide who explained things very well.

  • Amsterdam: Countryside Tour and Canal Cruise or 5D Flight

    7. Amsterdam: Countryside Tour and Canal Cruise or 5D Flight

    Depart Amsterdam and travel by air-conditioned coach to the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans. Marvel at the historic windmills and other typical architecture, and watch live demonstrations of traditional craftsmen at work to see how authentic clogs are made. Get some free time to explore on your own before traveling through the distinctive polders (land reclaimed from water) of Beemster. Continue to Edam to see the tranquil canals, lined with beautiful 17th-century buildings, including Carillon Tower and the Town Hall. Learn how Edam cheese is made and taste some at a nearby farm. End with a visit to the fishing village of Volendam, where you can buy souvenirs or put on a traditional Dutch costume for a photo keepsake. Walk through the oldest parts of the village to discover sights such as the wooden Stolphoevekerk before driving back to Amsterdam.  Finally, finish your day w...

    Очень легкий и интересный тур. Гид очень приятная женщина, старалась учесть все пожелания группы

  • From Amsterdam: Small Group Zaanse Schans and Volendam Tour

    8. From Amsterdam: Small Group Zaanse Schans and Volendam Tour

    A relaxing and complete journey to the typical Dutch countryside, visiting a windmill and fishing village. After being picked up from your hotel in the Amsterdam area by a friendly local guide, you will transfer to your van to enjoy a small-group traveling experience with a personal touch. Your typical Dutch experience begins with the Zaanse Schans windmill village. You can see the clog makers at work in the workshop, and learn about the history of wooden shoes in the museum. Following this you will experience a cheese factory demonstration where staff will be dressed in traditional Dutch costumes. You can buy beautiful souvenirs in a wide variety of outlets from cheese, wooden shoes, delft blue pottery, to local handcrafted items. Do not miss your chance to have your picture taken in the giant wooden shoe! Following this, you will arrive in Volendam at around noon. Here you will begi...

    There is a lot of walking even though you are picked up at your hotel. We felt it was worth it. You don’t know what you are missing if you don’t leave Amsterdam. Just about 20 minutes outside of Amsterdam is all farm country. Our guide Mustalpha was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions.

  • Amsterdam: Half-Day Zaanse Schans Tour and One Attraction

    9. Amsterdam: Half-Day Zaanse Schans Tour and One Attraction

    After beginning your tour at the central meeting point, a comfortable, air-conditioned single-deck bus will take you to your day's destination in just 25 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 which acted as wooden factories powered by wind. In these small factories, many tasks were being executed with the aid of wind energy: wood sawn by machines, the grinding of spices, oil for food and paint, flower, cocoa powder and many other things. The prosperity in the 18th and 19th century can be seen i...

    Enjoyable experience. Great guide + bus driver. Very informative. Had a great time learning about + tasting the different cheeses. Windmills were fantastic just a shame not able to go in one due to restoration taking place. Another week later + I could have. Maybe next time I visit I will try again. Also enjoyed watching the clog making . Very impressed . This is a trip highly recommended.

  • Zaanse Schans Sightseeing Tour

    10. Zaanse Schans Sightseeing Tour

    The guide will meet you at the Zaandijk Zaanse Schans train station and you’ll spend 1 hour and 15 minutes on a walking tour of the open-air village. You’ll hear about sites of interest on the 10-minute walk from the station to Zaanse Schans, including a working cocoa factory and authentic windmill. You’ll see wooden houses dating from the 1700s. Visit a wooden clog factory and enjoy a live demonstration of clog making. There will be time to buy a pair of beautifully decorated clogs or related souvenirs. Next, visit the cheese makers. Learn about the Dutch cheese-making process and taste and buy some local cheeses if you wish. You’ll see an authentic windmill, where a local mustard is produced. Zaanse Mosterd and a variety of interesting spices are available for purchase. The last stop of the tour is the Albert Heijn Museum Shop, where you’ll see how grocery shopping has changed over...

    I was lucky enough to have the guide all to myself. I arrived at the station a little early and he met me, and off we went! Kinito was well-prepared with extra materials to help me understand the history of Zaanse Schans, and was very enthusiastic and accommodating. Our tour went a little over the 75 minutes, which I enjoyed because we took our time walking and learning. He also seems to have a good relationship with all the local places we visited. I had plenty of time after to explore on my own, and he even sent me off with recommendations. I loved the clog making demonstration. Overall, a very friendly, knowledgeable local that made the whole experience super fun. Would recommend for sure!

Other Sightseeing Options in Zaandam

Want to discover all there is to do in Zaandam? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Zaandam

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 72 reviews

It is a good Tour to see all These Places in a short time if you dont have a car. The Guide made a great Job by describing history and interessting facts in a funny way.

Laura was our guide for the coach trip. She was excellent. Very friendly and helpful. Full of energy and knowledge. Enjoyed it very much

Very nice to get information about the Netherlands as a Dutch person, as foreigners get it. Nice guide and good driver. Nice excursion.

The guidenwas very helpful, i arrived late and I could catch them in some point to take the rest of the tour

great experience.. and the tour guide was very accomodating.. big plus!