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Zaandam: Zaanse Schans Card - Attractions & Museums Tickets

1. 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.

Zaanse Schans: Authentic Dutch Windmill Entrance Ticket

2. Zaanse Schans: Authentic Dutch Windmill Entrance Ticket

Enjoy an afternoon learning about the inner workings of windmills in the village of Zaanse Schans. To begin, find out how the mill saws a tree into a plank and then learn more about the history of the famous Dutch windmills at an exhibition in the basement of the mill. Next, come inside the world's last-remaining, still-working paint windmill, which is dated back to 1782. If there is enough wind, you can even experience the grinding process and watch how the mill grinds chalk under the large grind stones. In the back of the mill is where the loggers stands, and it is where tropical wood is chopped. Be sure to check out the impressive working wooden interior of this "old" industrial factory.

Zaanstreek Bus Day Ticket to Zaanse Schans & Zaanstreek

3. Zaanstreek Bus Day Ticket to Zaanse Schans & Zaanstreek

Go to the bus platform of Amsterdam Central Station and get on the red/grey public transport bus 391. Show your ticket to the bus driver, then take a seat and make yourself comfortable. Enjoy the beautiful city of Amsterdam before you go under the IJ-tunnel. Once you leave Amsterdam, you be surrounded by stunning landscapes as you soon enter the city of Zaandam. Either choose to depart there, or remain on the bus and go directly to de Zaanse Schans, one of the highlights of the Dutch history. De Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cookies, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. Be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry, and the various windmills.

From Amsterdam: Floriade Expo & Zaanse Schans Full-Day Tour

4. From Amsterdam: Floriade Expo & Zaanse Schans Full-Day Tour

Immerse yourself amongst plants and flowers at Floriade Expo 2022, the international horticulture exhibition in Almere, Netherlands. This exhibition happens only once every ten years. Later, travel to Zaanse Schans and see the historic windmills and architecture of the village. Choose from two meeting points in Amsterdam, then take a 40-minute ride to the expo on a single-deck bus. Upon arrival, take an orientation tour through the park with your guide. Learn facts and stories as you walk. The main theme of the expo this year is “Growing Green Cities.” More than 40 countries from all over the world will show you the possibilities of a greener, more sustainable world. The event is situated in an area of 60 hectares (148 acres) that will be converted into a green urban district in Almere after the exhibition is finished. Immerse yourself in this scenic park over the green bridges and amongst the flowers. After your guided tour, enjoy free time to explore the area on your own. Your guide will provide further information about things to do and see. Visit the pavilions where the participating countries will present their flowers, plants, and culture. Learn about cultivating food in a city, sustainable energy solutions, and green infrastructure. Get tips and tricks for a healthy lifestyle. Optionally, grab a drink or try a local healthy dish. After the expo, take a 45-minute ride to the second location of the excursion: the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. This is a typical Dutch village with windmills and houses from the 18th and 19th centuries situated on the riverbanks of the Zaan region. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the village. Visit the clog museum and see how to make clogs. Later, stop by a cheese farm and get a demonstration of how to make Gouda cheese. There may even be the opportunity for a taste test. Enjoy a cable car ride over the Expo grounds. After the tour, take advantage of free time to discover the village on your own. Explore as you sightsee green-colored houses with attractive architecture in which people are still living today. See some of the more than 600 windmills that were used for industrial purposes such as sawing wood, producing oil, and milling grain. On the village’s riverbank, see the 8 windmills that are still in active use today. At the conclusion of the tour, get dropped off at the designated drop-off point.

Amsterdam: Boat Cruise to Windmill Village at Zaanse Schans

5. 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.

Zaanse Schans: Pancake Restaurant Visit

6. Zaanse Schans: Pancake Restaurant Visit

Marvel at the views of the windmills and the waterfront of Zaanse Schans from one of the beautiful terraces at Restaurant De Kraai. Depending on the option selected, choose your pancake topping and select either delicious Dutch cheese, syrup, Nutella, apple sauce, or crispy bacon. Or, just sit back and relax while relishing homemade apple pie. Each option will be served with either coffee or tea.

Zaanse Schans: Zaans Museum Entrance Ticket

7. Zaanse Schans: Zaans Museum Entrance Ticket

Get ready for a fascinating insight into Holland's hard-working industrial history with this Zaans Museum ticket. Learn about the history of working mills, and see the churning machinery of an early 20th-century chocolate and biscuit factory.  Step inside The Zaans Museum and enter the world of Holland's past and present. Get to know all about Zaanstreek, the very first industrialized region of Europe, which shot the country to fame and fortune in the Dutch Golden Age. Breeze through the history of Holland's landmark windmills, learn about the various industries that thrived among the green wooden houses and find out more about Dutch icons, Albert Heijn, Honig, Verkade, and more. Discover the Verkade Experience, which takes sweet-toothed visitors back to the working, churning innards of an early 20th-century chocolate and biscuit factory. The Zaans Museum serves up everything you need to know about Dutch life from the first mills to the latest factories, plus a little cafe and free WiFi.

Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

8. Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

Travel easily in Amsterdam and the surrounding area by purchasing an Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket (ARTT).  You can use the ARTT for unlimited travel by train (2nd class) between any of the following stations in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region: Amsterdam Amstel, Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA, Amsterdam Central station, Amsterdam Holendrecht, Amsterdam Lelylaan, Amsterdam Muiderpoort, Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam Sciencepark, Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Amsterdam Zuid, Duivendrecht, Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, Halfweg-Zwanenburg, Haarlem, Haarlem Spaarnwoude, Overveen, Zandvoort aan Zee, Zaandam, Zaandam Kogerveld, Purmerend Weidevenne, Purmerend, Purmerend Overwhere, Koog aan de Zaan, Zaandijk Zaanse Schans, Hoofddorp, Diemen, Weesp, Almere Poort, Almere Centrum, Almere Muziekwijk, Almere Parkwijk, Almere Buiten, Almere Oostvaarders, Lelystad Centrum, Diemen Zuid, Naarden-Bussum, Hilversum, Hilversum Mediapark, Hilversum Sportpark, Bloemendaal, Santpoort Zuid, Santpoort Noord, Driehuis, Uitgeest and Beverwijk. The ticket is also valid on all trams, buses, night buses, metros and ferries run by the Amsterdam Transport company GVB, EBS and Connexxion in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region including the Amsterdam Airport Express Bus 397 and N97 (operated by Connexxion). During Keukenhof Season this ticket is valid: From Amsterdam (Europaplein) to Keukenhof on bus route 852 operated by Arriva From Schiphol Airport to Keukenhof on bus route 858 operated by Arriva From Hoofddorp station to Keukenhof on bus route 859 operated by Arriva From Haarlem station to Keukenhof on bus route 50 operated by Connexxion

From Amsterdam: Windmills & Volendam Private Tour

9. From Amsterdam: Windmills & Volendam Private Tour

Experience traditional Dutch culture on this 6-hour private journey from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans, a clog and cheese factory, and Volendam. After pickup from your accommodation in Amsterdam, your driver and guide will take you to the first destination of the day: Zaanse Schans, a region of the Netherlands full of traditional structures. Tour the wooden dwellings, windmills, and quaint little shops. Above all, you can admire the traditional mills scattered throughout the town, each of which has its own purpose: there's a paint mill, oil mill, saw mill, spice mill, and more.  The next stops will be the clog factory and cheese farm, two essential elements of any visit to the Netherlands. Learn how the cheese is made and taste some delectable tidbits. Then, you’ll be treated to a demonstration on making wooden clogs.  Next, visit Volendam, a fishing village known for its fresh eel and herring. Taste some fresh fish from a traditional cart and admire the old port, full of Dutch ships. Try on a traditional Dutch outfit and have your picture taken as you fit in with the Volendamers. In the center of the town, walk along the dyke (boulevard) and explore the various restaurants and shops. This will be a great opportunity to enjoy a traditional meal after taking in the best of the Netherlands.

Zaanse Schans Windmills: Private Cruise with Food and Drinks

10. Zaanse Schans Windmills: Private Cruise with Food and Drinks

Your boat trip starts at a dock close to Zaandam Station. Step aboard a luxury boat and enjoy panoramic views from the boat, with a roof that can be opened on sunny days. During the ride, tuck into an unlimited selection of local beers, red and white wines, soft drinks, cheese, stroopwafels, and other Dutch snacks. Your skipper will tell you tales about these tasty goods. Begin by exploring the city of Zaandam from the water. Admire Zaandam's old and contemporary architecture and learn about the city's important role in the history of Holland. After a short ride, you will arrive at the famous windmills of the Zaanse Schans. See the 8 windmills and have the best view from the water. Your skipper will tell you amazing stories about the secrets of the centuries-old windmills. You will also pass close by some of the most beautiful houses in the area, which can only be seen properly by boat. Your guide will tell you everything you need to know about them as you continue through the Dutch countryside. Then, you will arrive at the scenic town of Wormerveer. Admire the interesting mix between old-school architecture and raw industrialism. Pass by local hotspots that are still relatively off the beaten tourist track, to get an authentic taste of what everyday life is really like. After a fun boat ride, you will be returned to your starting point.

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4.8 / 5

based on 31 reviews

With this type of "transport card" you can travel outside Amsterdam and reach for example Haarlem station (where you can rent bicycles to reach Keukenhof park) or the wonderful Zaanse Schans area. Also included is the train to and from the airport. A little expensive but it saves you the time to always buy tickets and in addition you save

The Dutch are far ahead of us when it comes to bus and train connections. We exchanged the tickets at the airport, can also be done the day before, the tickets become active after the first check-in.

Extremely practical you can go very far except that you have to pay the first transport to go to the point of issue of the card otherwise it's excellent

Our guide was so nice! He was informative and took us all around the country side!

Recommended travel card for travel throughout the Amsterdam region