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What you'll do

Discover the windmill village of Zaanse Schans with a leisurely bus excursion.

Enjoy a Zaanse Schans Bus Excursion with Go City®

  • Travel 30-minutes outside the city to a chic windmill village
  • See working windmills and centuries-old houses
  • 3.5 hour tour
  • Your pass gives you access to many more attractions in Amsterdam, so don't forget to check them out

Begin your tour in a comfortable, air-conditioned single-deck bus as it journeys 20-30 minutes outside the city to Zaanse Schans. This windmill village is an open air museum, home to a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th Century.

All these buildings were brought here from 1961 onwards, bringing life back to this formally prosperous area of the Zaan region. In its golden age, the Zaan Region developed into an industrial area on a scale never seen before, with 600 active windmills: wooden factories powered by wind. These small factories oversaw many tasks including sawing wood by machine, grinding spices, pressing oil for food and paint, producing flour, cocoa powder and much more.

Setting off from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans

Full of canals and bicycles, Amsterdam is a city known for its urban allure, but only a stone's throw away you can find the captivating Zaanse Schans, a living testament to Dutch history. In a brisk 30-minute bus trip, you're swept from the dynamic and vibrant Amsterdam city life to the tranquil green pastures of Zaanse Schans.

More About Zaanse Schans Tour Experience

As you start your Zaanse Schans tour, you’ll immediately start to feel the rustic village ambiance. Filled with age-old windmills, traditional Dutch houses, and cheese and clog workshops, this place feels like stepping into an authentic postcard from the past. You can learn more about the wooden shoe making process, indulge in rich Dutch cheese, and get a first hand view of a working windmill. Navigating from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans is a simple journey with this bus tour!

Discover the prosperity of the 18th and 19th Century as you explore beautiful houses, originally built as homes for rich windmill owners and merchants. Explore the beautiful facades of these opulent houses that have been painted in traditional colors such as green, beige and light blue.

Upon arrival, your guide will take you on an orientation tour of the village - visit the Clog Museum, wooden shoemaker shop and taste delicious and traditional Dutch cheese in the cheese farm. Enjoy exploring the village at your own pace, learning all about the village's history, local culture and unique character. 


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Departure point: Ruijterkade 105

De Ruijterkade 105 is only a 6-minute walk from the Amsterdam Central Station. From the front of the Amsterdam Central Station (Stationsplein), turn to your left and walk in the eastern direction. Keep on walking and cross the small bridge. Walk until you reach the Doubletree By Hilton hotel. Turn left and follow the walkway underneath the railway crossing. After this crossing, our departure point is on your right at the entrance of Grand Cafe 1884.

Where you'll be

Check-in inside the building, Ruijterkade 105, Amsterdam, NL

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Operating hours

Until March 22, 2023
Tuesday, Thursday Friday & Sunday: 1:30PM 
Monday, Wednesday & Saturday: 11:30AM

March 23 - May 14th, 2023
Daily: 11:30AM & 2:30PM

May 15 - October 29, 2023 
Daily 10:30AM, 11:30AM & 2:30PM

Zaanse Schans Bus Excursion


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