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Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam


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Head out of Amsterdam and explore typical Dutch countryside on this charming half day tour. See locals in colourful dress, visit the famous windmill village of Zaanse Schans and learn about traditional clog and cheese making techniques.
Experience Includes
  • Tour to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans and world famous fishing villages of Volendam and Marken
  • Scenic drive through the Dutch countryside
  • Chance to view a working windmill and also see a traditional shoemaker and cheese farm
  • Audio-guide (16 languages available)
  • Boat ride (summer only)

Your day starts with a scenic drive through the Dutch countryside characterised by polders and little canals as you head to the Zaanse Schans village, famous for its collection of wooden windmills. The windmills are all still in use and offer a glimpse of Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries when thousands of windmills were lined along the dykes and powered the Dutch economy. Here you have a chance to explore one of the mills that still perform various functions including a saw mill, a paint mill (grinding pigments), and oil mill (grinding linseed or peanuts to draw off the oil). You will also get the chance to visit a wooden shoemaker to learn how clogs are made.  Afterwards, the tour continues to the renowned fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, where you can see traditional Dutch wooden houses and locals still wear traditional colourful dress. A twenty minute boat trip takes you between the two villages and there is around 45 minutes free time in both Volendam and Marken allowing you to explore and shop. Your return journey to Amsterdam takes you to a cheese farm where cheese is still made using traditional techniques. 

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Damrak 26, Amsterdam – close to Central Station.
Daily, year round. Does not operate 25, 26 and 31 December or 1 January.
9.00am or 2.45pm in the summer and 9.15am and 12.30pm in the Winter.
5.5 hours
Experience Exclusions
  • Refreshments
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Dress Code/What to Bring

Casual. Dress according to the weather for that day.

Additional Information

The boat ride does not operate in the winter months.

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Adult £45.00
Child (4 - 12 years) £22.00

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