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Windmills Tour: Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Edam
Activities in Amsterdam

Windmills Tour: Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Edam

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4 reviews
Brilliant day out. Guide Raquel was very good.! Cheese was tasty & although weather not good it was a nice trip. Interesting places to see.
10 Donna
  • English English
  • 8 hours

This windmills tour leaves Amsterdam behind and steps back in time as you head to the serene Dutch countryside for a taste of the real Zaanse Schans experience.

Windmills Tour

The tour meets at 9 am by the Church of St. Nicholas, where we’ll board our bus on the way to visit the famous windmills of Zaanse Schans and the Westerland: the famous image of traditional Holland!

Zaanse Schans comes first, a town known for its windmills – the lasting mark left by the industry that drove the region in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These windmills were used to produce oil, paint, mustard and paper, among other goods, and you’ll have the opportunity to visit some of them to see how they work.

The area is also home to one of the country’s most iconic products: clogs! On the tour you’ll also visit a workshop which still makes this traditional footwear – much appreciated y peasants and workers in the middle ages, and still worn by some even to this day.

Then it’s on to Marken, a rural fishing village unique for its location as a peninsula (almost island!) jutting out into the bay near Amsterdam. Its greenery blends into the traditional wooden houses painted the same colour, and it retains its traditional air, giving you the feeling of stepping back into Holland’s history.

Then just a few kilometres away are the villages of Edam and Volendam. Edam is famous around the world for its cheese, but in the middle ages it was one of Europe’s most important ports. And Volendam, despite its rural charm is known as one of the most vibrant cities in the north of Holland.

Here you can explore the picturesque streets, see the traditional clothes of the locals, or hear the Palingsound or “sound of the eel”.

You’ll have free time to eat lunch, before arriving back in Amsterdam at about 5 pm.

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protective material and safety to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.

Price

Adults Children 6-17 Children under 6
English Language Tour
US$ 28.30
US$ 24.90
Free

English Language Tour

  • Adults

    US$ 28.30
  • Children 6-17

    US$ 24.90
  • Children under 6

    Free

More Information

Duration

8 hours.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.

Included

English speaking guide.

Transport.

Visit to a cheese factory.

Visit to a clog making workshop.

Not included

Food.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up until the previous day (6:00 PM local time) if there are still places available.

Ticket

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - What should I do if I'm travelling with luggage?

    A - You may keep your luggage on the bus during this tour. The buses are private and will keep your belongings safe while you enjoy the visit.

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.

Accessibility

No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 28
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts

Meeting point

Church of St. Nicholas

Cancellations

Free! Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel 24 hours before the activity starts, we will refund you 50%. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.