Zaanse Schans Sightseeing Tour

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Zaanse Schans Sightseeing Tour

From US$ 22.60 per person

Admire the traditional wooden houses of Zaanse Schans on a short walking tour. Visit a clog-making factory and enjoy some time souvenir shopping.

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Duration 75 minutes
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  • See authentic Dutch windmills and traditional wooden houses
  • Learn how real wooden clogs and Dutch cheeses are made
  • Take in the picturesque surroundings of a typical Dutch landscape
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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 the last 100 years. After the tour you’re you free to walk around the village, or your guide will direct you back to the train station.
  • Admission to all the attractions mentioned in the description
  • Walking tour with a personal guide (1 hour and 15 minutes)
  • Train fare from Amsterdam's central station

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Meeting point

Zaandijk Zaanse Schans station, on the station platform in front of the coffee kiosk.

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Know before you go

  • Be sure to bring a camera
  • The tour operates in small groups, with a maximum of 15 participants
  • It is recommended that you bring an umbrella or raincoat in case of rain
  • If you are traveling by train, buy a round-trip ticket for Amsterdam Central to Zaandijk Zaanse Schans
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4.8 /5

based on 83 reviews

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Overall, a very friendly, knowledgeable local guide!

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!

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January 30, 2019

Great Morning Out

This was a really great morning out and our guide, Kinito was excellent! We were super lucky that we had him all to ourselves and his knowledge of the area that he shared with us was great. He took his time, answered all our questions and made the whole experience a joy. The windmill village was beautiful and learning about clog and cheese making were a bonus. Would recommend this excursion to anyone!

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March 27, 2018

Hidden gem in Zaanse Schans

Kinito is a local to this town and knows quite a bit about its history, with pictures to illustrate it. He is very friendly and accommodating. I wondered how 75 minutes would be enough time but it was the perfect amount of time for us to learn and then explore a bit more on our own.

November 10, 2017

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