A scenic boat ride along the famous Zaanse Schans!
Enjoy a scenic boat ride allowing you to see the famous windmills of the Zaanse Schans from a different perspective. Then, step back into history as you wander the cobbled streets of this lively village and admire the characteristic houses, the windmills and the scenic landscape. Experience part of Holland’s heritage in a unique setting that is considered a World Heritage site!
Travel to one of Holland’s best known attractions, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. At the Zaanse Schans, the boat ride along the Zaan River shows the cultural sights from a different perspective. During this 45 minute boat tour, enjoy breath-taking views of the Zaan skyline dotted with windmills, while you learn about the history of the Zaanse Schans and its heroes. What is the story behind these mills? And what is the meaning of their given names? Find out during this breath-taking cruise.
After or prior to your boat tour, you can visit the postcard picture perfect village of Zaanse Schans. Step back in time in this village that replicates 18th and 19th century Holland as you experience the open air museum. Within 10-minutes, you can watch how a block of wood is transformed into a clog before your very eyes! You can also admire the traditional wooden houses, many of which are still lived in today. At the shops and boutiques you will find an extensive selection of unique souvenirs and special gifts to take back home.
The boat tour tells the story of the following mills:
De Huisman (spices), De Gekroonde Poelenburg (wood), De Kat (paint), De Zoeker (oil), Het Jonge Schaap (wood), De Bonte Hen (oil), De Bleeke Dood (corn), De Ooievaar (oil)
Good to know:
The Zaanse Schans is an outdoor museum and is free of charge; many of the wooden houses are lived in and cannot be visited. It is possible to visit the windmills and can be entered for a small fee. The demonstrations at the Cheese farm and Wooden Shoe factory are free of charge.
A visit to the Zaanse Schans including the Windmill Cruises boat tour is also easy to reach with the Hop on Hop off Cheese, Windmills & Dutch Villages bus tour.
- Enjoy a unique boat ride with breath-taking views of the Zaanse Schans
- Learn more on the history of the Zaanse Schans and its heroes
- Admire the windmills from a different perspective
- Visit the Zaanse Schans at your own leisure
- Be inspired by this World Heritage site
Hours of operation:
Windmill Cruises Zaanse Schans is available: Daily, from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm until (last departure), every 30 minutes.
The boat tour takes 45 minutes.
Please redeem your printed voucher at the Windmill Cruises Zaanse Schans.
The boat tour departs daily, every 30 minutes. The last departure is at 4.30 pm. You can visit the Zaanse Schans at your own leisure. The Zaanse Schans Windmill Cruises is situated along the Zaan River near the entrance of the village, Klaverringdijk 23.