Guided tour

Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

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Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans with Cheese Tasting & Clog Factory

Activity provider: Tour Company
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See the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans on a coach tour from Amsterdam with a professional guide. Learn about cheese making, walk on wooden shoes, see the interior of a working windmill and view the wooden green-painted houses and shops.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, German

Experience

Itinerary
2.5 hours
  • Amsterdam

  • 30 minutes
  • Zaanse Schans

  • Wooden Shoe Workshop of Zaanse Schans

  • Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm (cheese tasting)

  • Free time

  • 30 minutes
  • Amsterdam

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Watch how Gouda cheese is made, then have a tasting session
  • See windmills from across the Zaan region that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Visit a clog makers and learn more about the traditional wooden shoe
  • Admire the elegant houses of the rich merchants and windmill owners
  • Learn how the windmills were used in the production of cocoa powder and oil for food
  • Taste the typical cheese of Holland at a dairy farm
Full description

Join a guided tour from Amsterdam to visit the windmill village of Zaanse Schans which is an open-air museum housing working windmills, wooden houses, barns, and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Enjoy live commentary from your guide, a clog workshop and a cheese-making demonstration.

Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point just across from Central Station in Amsterdam. Settle in for a comfortable, air-conditioned ride on a single deck bus that will take you to your destination in just 20 minutes. Upon arrival in the village, follow your guide for an orientation tour of the village. Visit the clog museum for a live wooden shoemaking workshop. Then, taste some Dutch farmer cheese on the cheese farm.

Get a sense of Zaanse Schans' prosperity from the 18th and 19th centuries in the windmill village. Alongside windmills and barns, see houses that were originally built as homes for rich windmill owners and merchants.

Admire their colorful facades painted in traditional hues of green, beige, and light blue.

Finally, it is time to further explore the village on your own. Before you set off, take insider tips from your guide and learn about the region's local history and culture. At the end of the tour, hop back on the bus for your return journey to Amsterdam.

Includes
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Guided walk at Zaanse Schans
  • Wooden shoe workshop at the clog museum
  • Cheese-making demonstration on a farm
  • Live commentary on board
  • Tips (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry inside windmills and entry to Zaans Museum
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at This is Holland – Overhoeksplein 51, opposite central station. How to get there: A free shuttle ferry to Buiksloterweg runs 24/7 from Amsterdam Central Station to the north shore of the river IJ - the journey time is 3 minutes. Embark via the two middle pontoons. On disembarking, turn left. It’s a 2-minute walk to This Is Holland.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • This tour involves a small amount of walking. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Entry to windmills ranges from €3-4
  • Entry costs to Zaans Museum: Adults: €12.50; Children aged 4 to 17 years: €6.50; Children aged 0 to 3 years: free; Adults 65+ and Students: €10; Amsterdam Card: free; Family Ticket: €35
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Tour may be operated by multilingual guide
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 1602 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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The trip was unorganized. Apparently one of the tour guides was sick and didn’t tell the other one. So, no one at the registration table when we arrived and no list of people to check off. The bus was completely full and there were some interesting personalities among the other tourists. The guide was a very nice lady but there were people speaking three languages which presented a challenge. Beware that reservations are needed for the restaurant and other small cafe has long wait times of it is busy. I spent most of my time waiting to be seated. I thought there would be more food options. The diy hot cocoa was cute. Clogs were cool and cheese presentation interesting. It rained and I got bored. I did not visit the mills or museum because I waited an hour in line for good. More time to explore would have been nice. Also, the clogs and souvenirs are the same that you see all over the city center, nothing unique.

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October 2, 2022

Super easy process, the meet point was easy to find and the people at check in were friendly and helpful. For the tour Tosca was our guide. She was very informative, telling a lot of neat history while we were on the bus ride. The outdoor windmill and factory area were really neat. We saw how clogs were made, and then toured around, stopping at a few places to learn about the area and then went to the cheese. Tasting the many different kinds of cheese along the way. I would definitely recommend taking and additional boat tour around the canal, you can see and learn about all the different windmills.

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September 13, 2022

Guides were very nice and knowledgeable. Good to have them show you around the town at first and then you have time on your own although, you can really break off whenever. There are two restaurants if you get hungry as well as snack cafes. The cheese samples were amazing, and the clog museum was quite amusing to our surprise. I am regretting not buying a pair of clogs now. I think this is a must see when in Amsterdam!

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September 11, 2022

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