Windmill Cruises – Zaanse Schans & Windmill Experiences

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Step back in time, to the old Dutch world of windmills at the Zaanse Schans.

Located 20 minutes north of Amsterdam,

The Zaanse Schans offers a perfectly preserved glimpse into the Dutch industrial past with its windmills, traditional houses and workshops.

We offer various possibilities to create the ultimate Windmill Experience. You can order the whole package of our ‘menu‘ or choose seperate items. Of course we are happy to advice you!


1. Travel back to 1850!

  • Start your Windmill Experience at the entrance and be welcomed by local residents dressed in Zaan costume. They will take you to the various locations and share inspiring stories about the windmill village.
  • Daily, from 10.00 till 17.00 hrs


2. Discover the Dutch heroes!

  • Sail with Windmill Cruises on a unique heroic journey and be inspired and amazed. Without the windmills the Dutch would not have had a Golden Age and VOC at all. Get to know the secrets of the mills. Our heroes in sight…
  • Departure: daily, from 11.00 till 17.00 hrs (every 30 minutes)
  • Duration: 25 minutes.


3. Visit a mill and meet the miller!

  • The Zaan district is the oldest industrial area of Western Europe. Once over 600 windmills were active at the same time. Today you can see how the mills saw wood, produce oil, pigments and spices. The miller welcomes you inside!


4. Walk the Windmill Walk!

  • Walk along the windmills with the miller or his wife. They share stories about their traditions and explain the function of the different mills.
  • Daily, from 10.00 till 17.00 hrs
  • Duration: 15-30 minutes.


5. Drink tea with the Mayor’s wife!

  • Visit the Mayor’s Mansion, where Mayor Teunis Slagter lived in 1850. ‘His wife Kaatje’ invites you to a Dutch tea party. You might recognize the house from the movie ‘Mata Hari, the naked spy’.
  • Daily, from 10.00 till 17.00 hrs
  • Duration 15-30 minutes.


6. Discover the museums and workshops!

  • We offer visits to the Henri Willig Cheese farm, clog maker, pewter foundry, Cacao Lab, Clock museum Zaanse Tijd, Zaans museum, etc. Our local residents, dressed in Zaan costume, are happy to show you around!


We wish you a great time on your Windmill Experiences!

We’re able to deal with all reservations in respect to the above. You could pick 1 or more items. We will see to proper execution of course.

We’re very curious what would be suitable for you and your guests. If we can assist in order to determine, please let us know!

For bookings or more informatie send us an e-mail by clicking on the contact button below!



Travel directions

  • Touringcar: From Amsterdam, follow the A10, A8 and the A7 towards Zaandam. Leave the motorway at Junction 2 ‘Zaanstad-‘t Kalf Zaandijk’. Follow the signs Zaanse Schans.
  • Train: From Amsterdam CS direction. (Uitgeest till Station Zaandijk-Zaanse Schans).
  • Bus: nr. 391 departs from Amsterdam CS (platform E, IJzijde) every 15 minutes.