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Amsterdam: Boat Cruise to Windmill Village at Zaanse Schans

1. Amsterdam: Boat Cruise to Windmill Village at Zaanse Schans

Sail out of Amsterdam and towards the Dutch polder. Enjoy the unique landscape and stroll around a living village filled with operational wooden windmills. Sit back, relax and take in Holland's unique scenery as you leave the port of Amsterdam. Enjoy panoramic views from the boat's sun terrace as you glide through a landscape dotted with pumping stations, dikes, and, of course, windmills. Pass huge container cargo ships and through a traditional lock as you leave the city behind and make your way to the village. Disembark and take in a photogenic array of historic windmills, some of them over 350 years old. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cookies, or take a look at the clog warehouse or the cheese factory. Enjoy a last look at picturesque historic wooden houses and factories, before boarding your boat back to Amsterdam.

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Zaandam: Zaanse Schans Card - Attractions & Museums Tickets

2. Zaandam: Zaanse Schans Card - Attractions & Museums Tickets

Go on the perfect Dutch trip from Amsterdam and head to Zaanse Schans that brings the 18th and 19th centuries back into the present-day Netherlands. Explore the wooden houses, barns, and workshops, and get even more value for money with this ticket. Visit the Weaver’s House, where two families lived with their five looms. See the Coopery, where you'll observe how barrels were made. Get free entrance to the Zaans Museum and to the Verkade Chocolate and Biscuit Factory and experience a real-life Willy Wonka event. Benefit from a free audio guide in 8 languages offered at the Zaans Museum.

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Zaanse Schans: World of Windmills Museum Ticket with Greeter

3. Zaanse Schans: World of Windmills Museum Ticket with Greeter

Get your entry ticket for World of Windmills, an interactive museum on the site of the home to more than 1100 windmills in the 17th-century Netherlands.  Chat to your greeter upon entry and have any questions answered before delving into the history of this dutch icon. Learn the history of the materials used, runnings of the windmill, how they powered the country during the Industrial Revolution and after, and the people that made the windmills a success.  Even visit a windmill yourself to get a feel for the real thing. If you’re lucky, chat to a miller who will be happy to answer any questions if there.  Experience the rich history of the mills, listen to the stories of the people who lived and worked here, and enjoy the technology, craftsmanship, and nature.

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What people are saying about Zaandam

Nice 6 hour trip. 2 hours out / home and 2 hours at the mills / city. Lots of space on the sun deck - otherwise space down in the boat. The mills and the miniput town were all worth it. Lots to see in the channels back and forth.

It was nice wheather! You can feel free. Museum fantastic.. You can see a lot and experience a different feeling. The molens they are so beautiful! I will go again with my family.

Interesting about the windmills and their history. Windmill museum informative, but a little heavy handed. Big museum a disappointment -- giant comercial advertisement

Pleasant and friendly cruise only small downside the crew did not know the time of the reservation

Piece of Dutch Glory. It is a pity that there is no subsidy to support this.