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Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans Windmills

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Experience hosted by Herman

4.5 hours
Includes food, tickets, transportation
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

The Zaanse Schans is a wonderful and romantic destination that will give you a good taste of Holland the way it used to be. You will experience an old historic and very romantic Dutch village with its many windmills and fairytale houses in a landscape that was reclaimed of the sea.

Starting in Amsterdam we will travel by train to Zaanse Schans in 20 minutes. We will walk towards the river Zaan and get a spectacular view of both Zaanse Schans and the village of Zaandijk while crossing the bridge. It will create a memory to cherish.

We will stroll along and visit beautiful 17th-century windmills, fairy-tale houses, a centuries-old bakery, lovely gardens and the oldest supermarket in Holland. We will see how wooden shoes are made, do a cheese tasting at a farm and may even learn how chocolate is produced.

I will tell you the interesting inside stories and you will get a taste of Holland the way it used to be centuries ago.
During the summer season, we will finish our tour by taking the boat across the river Zaan to the beautiful village of Zaandijk. We will then take an unforgettable route through the village back to the station.

It will be an unforgettable experience!

Included:
- Train ticket
- Entry to two windmills
- Cheese tasting
- Wooden shoe demo
- Chocolate demo (optional)
- Boat (summer season)
- Excellent guide :)

** Minimum of 2 guests required for the tour
Other things to note
Minimum of 2 guests required for tour to go ahead.
Please check the weather forecast before the tour and wear appropriate clothing. Should rain be predicted than please bring an umbrella.

Die Tour kann auch in deutscher Sprache durchgeführt werden.
The Zaanse Schans is a wonderful and romantic destination that will give you a good taste of Holland the way it used to be. You will experience an old historic and very romantic Dutch village with its many windmills and fairytale houses in a landscape that was reclaimed of the sea.

Starting in Amsterdam we will travel by train to Zaanse Schans in 20 minutes. We will walk towards the river Zaan and get a spectacular view of both Zaanse…

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What's included

  • Food
    * Visit two windmills
    * Cheesetasting
    * Cheesemaking explanation...
  • Tickets
    * Ticket for entry to big windmill
    * Ticket for boat in summer season...
  • Transportation
    Train tickets from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans and back included.
From $96
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Herman

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 169 Reviews
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I am a Dutch artist and teacher.
As a genuine local I have lived in Amsterdam for more than 25 years and I know my way around in the beautiful vicinity. I still enjoy this magic every single day.

Beauty is all around in the landscape, the villages, the windmills, the enchanting wooden houses and the ever changing skies.

Let me share my passion for beauty, history and fun with you.

As an experienced guide I offer high quality tours to small groups only. This approach ensures an intimate and optimal personal experience for all.
With my good sense of humor, we'll have plenty of laughs...

A guest wrote :
‘’WONDERFUL experience!!! Herman’s tour rates 10 gold stars! He is personable, knowledgeable and patient. A true story teller!’’

Enjoy your experience to the fullest with a true local Dutchman.
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I am a Dutch artist and teacher.
As a genuine local I have lived in Amsterdam for more than 25 years and I know my way around in the beautiful vicinity. I still enjoy this magic every single day.

Beauty is all around in the landscape, the villages, the windmills, the enchanting wooden houses and the ever changing skies.

Let me share my passion for beauty, history and fun with you.

As an experienced guide I offer high quality tours to small groups only.…
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Where you'll be

De Zaanse Schans will take us back to the times when all things were simple, pure and untouched.
It is the Holland the way it used to be, with its many windmills and romantic wooden houses. It is the Holland we know from the famous Dutch 17th century painters.
We will get in touch with this past and get a feel for the polder landscape, the many dikes and the magnificent Dutch skies.

And most of all...
We will get an impression to last...
Noelle
November 2019
Herman is a stellar guide and genuinely good human. Definitely recommend him and this entire afternoon lineup to anyone interested in a first rate experience in a super charming setting!
Maria
October 2019
Herman was great! He takes time to chat and connect with each guest/group on the easy walk. Stopping often to share interesting stories, to answer questions from the guests and allow time for photos. Being from the area, he knows the culture very well and shares unique insights into the rich history of the Dutch people, the background and stories of the area, and the dykes and windmills of the Netherlands. It was an interesting and lovely outing to the special area of Zaanse Schans Windmills and I was very happy that we booked for this experience with Herman. He was flexible and allowed for us to meet up with the rest of the group at the Zaandijk station. Thank you Herman.
Herman was great! He takes time to chat and connect with each guest/group on the easy walk. Stopping often to share interesting stories, to answer questions from the guests and al…
Patricia
October 2019
Herman was very knowledgeable about Dutch culture and history. He seemed genuinely enthusiastic about the windmills and their background. He was good at developing rapport with his guests. All in all it was a great tour with Herman, one of our favourites.
Herman was very knowledgeable about Dutch culture and history. He seemed genuinely enthusiastic about the windmills and their background. He was good at developing rapport with his…
Alison
October 2019
Great tour! Amazing experience to see the beautiful windmills. Herman offered lots of great information and history through the tour. Would highly recommend.
Kevin
October 2019
Herman was a fantastic guide. Knowledgeable, humorous and caring, he is a great storyteller and is justifiably proud of the history of the Netherlands. My wife, son and I learned a lot. He made sure he got to know all of us over the course of the day, and later went out of his way to make sure we found the right bus for the next leg of our journey.
Herman was a fantastic guide. Knowledgeable, humorous and caring, he is a great storyteller and is justifiably proud of the history of the Netherlands. My wife, son and I learned a…
Samantha
September 2019
This tour/experience was absolutely brilliant! Not only was the setting beautiful, he had deep knowledge of both Netherlands and the history of towns and windmills. He let us all stop multiple times to take pictures, brought to specific places that make good pictures and was very patient with the group when we looked around. He had a great sense of humor and made everyone in the group feel special. I would highly recommend this tour! It’s a do not miss!
This tour/experience was absolutely brilliant! Not only was the setting beautiful, he had deep knowledge of both Netherlands and the history of towns and windmills. He let us all…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable walking shoes

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