From a central meeting point in
Amsterdam, a short 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. See the historic working windmills of Zaanse
Schans on a tour from Amsterdam with a professional guide. Learn about cheese
making, watch traditional craftsmen making clogs and other artifacts and view
the wooden green painted houses and shops. A professional, experienced and
friendly guide will accompany you throughout the village before you get time to
further explore the village on your own.
Begin your tour at our central meeting point. A
comfortable, air-conditioned single deck bus will take you to today’s
destination in just 20/30 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
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, grinding 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.
THIS IS HOLLAND, overhoeksplein 51, opposite central station Catch the 5 minute free ferry (Buiksloterweg) behind the station to get here. (Check-in desk inside the entrance of THIS IS HOLLAND)
Starting Time : 11:30 PM (depening on season)
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