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The scenic Dutch village of Zaanse Schans is most famous for its windmills, once used to power everything from paint-making to paper production. Today, the Zaanse Schans is set up like an open-air museum, with five working windmills open to visitors. Wander the village, view the preserved architecture, and watch the locals at work—in their traditional wooden shoes and Dutch garb, naturally. Green wooden houses, a historic shipyard, and a pewter factory are among the village’s top attractions.

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Keukenhof Gardens and Zaanse Schans Windmill Village guided day tour

Keukenhof Gardens and Zaanse Schans Windmill Village guided day tour

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A windmill village, a tulip garden, and a clog museum are a few of the stops you make on this quintessential Dutch countryside tour from Amsterdam. Leave the city behind and enjoy a jam-packed full-day itinerary, starting with a visit to the colorful Keukenhof Gardens, home to over 800 varieties of tulips. Next, visit the traditional windmill village of Zaanse Schans and get a feel for life in 19th-century Netherlands. Peek into the wind-powered factories, sample regional cheeses at a local farm shop, then watch a shoemaking demonstration at the clog museum.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.07
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$106.07
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Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans guided day Tour with Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans guided day Tour with Amsterdam Canal Cruise

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Step into a world of blooming tulips, windmills, wooden clogs, and Dutch cheese on a full-day tour from Amsterdam that combines some of the country’s top highlights. From a guided garden walk to an Amsterdam canal cruise, the included experiences feature a mix of culture, history, and tradition. A hands-on cheese workshop offers the chance to learn about and taste classic Dutch cheeses.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$121.92
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Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam

Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam

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Discover the delights and history of Zaanse Schans and the Dutch countryside on a 3-hour, small-group trip from Amsterdam. With an informative guide, admire the lush, canal-crossed Dutch landscape. Take a tour of pretty Zaanse Schans, famous for its wooden windmills and green-painted houses, and visit a cheese farm and clog-making workshop to learn about these traditional crafts. Lastly, visit a working windmill to learn how these waterside factories helped drive the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. Numbers are limited on this tour for a small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.26
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$54.26
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Customized Day Tour in the Netherlands with Art Historian

Customized Day Tour in the Netherlands with Art Historian

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Gain intimate insight into the Netherlands’ artistic heritage on this private tour from Amsterdam, led by a professional art historian. Benefit from your guide’s insider knowledge to create a fully personalized itinerary and choose from a vast range of museums, galleries, and attractions across the region, such as the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague, or Keukenhof Gardens.
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  • 4 to 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$540.55
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$540.55
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Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour

Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour

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Experience three quintessential icons of the Dutch countryside — windmills, cheese and wooden clogs — on this 5.5 hour tour from Amsterdam. Journey to the North Holland towns of Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam, where you can view working windmills at an open-air museum on the Zaan River, visit a dairy farm or cheese weighing house, and step inside a clog factory. You’ll travel outside the city aboard a single-decker coach, allowing for a smaller group experience with your professional guide.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.06
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$67.06
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Keukenhof, Flower Fields, Volendam and Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour

Keukenhof, Flower Fields, Volendam and Zaanse Schans Small Group Tour

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During the spring months of March, April, and May, Keukenhof Gardens alights in a vibrant spectacle of color. During your time in Amsterdam, visit the world’s largest flower garden when in bloom on this 9-hour excursion to Keukenhof Gardens, Zaanse Schans, and Volendam. Stroll amid millions of tulips, daffodils, and other spring bulbs at Keukenhof Gardens; admire the windmills and waterways of Zaanse Schans; and discover the quaint seaside village of Volendam. Small-group tour limited to eight people.  
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$193.86
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$193.86
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Amsterdam customizable private tour with Hotel or Airport Pick-Up

Amsterdam customizable private tour with Hotel or Airport Pick-Up

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Escape the city and create your own itinerary on a private full-day custom tour from Amsterdam. With just your guide and private party, explore the Dutch countryside, replete with windmills and waterways, in order to learn of the Netherlands’ history. Opt to discover the picturesque villages of Marken and Volendam; or snap photos of the windmills in Zaanse Schans; or see the 'garden of Europe' at Keukenhof. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.  
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$395.43
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Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam

Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam

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Experience an iconic landscape of fishing villages, windmills, and craftsmen’s shops on a small-group tour from Amsterdam into the Dutch countryside. Visit a series of traditional, restored windmills in Zaanse Schans, and walk the dikes and harbor of Volendam, a pretty port lined with bright houses and sailboats. Sample locally-make cheeses and Dutch schnapps, with time to choose a restaurant for lunch, then enjoy sweeping views of the landscape during the return trip to Amsterdam.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.82
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Zaanse Schans Half Day Tour plus Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Zaanse Schans Half Day Tour plus Amsterdam Canal Cruise

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This fun, multifaceted tour touches on everything the Dutch are best known for. Visit a windmill village, a clog museum (where you can watch traditional craftsmen work), a cheese farm (samples included), and take a canal cruise. The “100 Highlights” cruise passes many sites and landmarks, including the Anne Frank House, Westerkerk, and more.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.01
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Private Day Tour of Tulips and Windmills including a Pancake Lunch

Private Day Tour of Tulips and Windmills including a Pancake Lunch

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Escape the city crowds and discover the Dutch countryside on a private day tour to Zaanse Schans and Keukenhof from Amsterdam. Gain insight into Holland’s culture at a clog workshop, cheese farm, working windmill, and as you tiptoe through the tulips, the national flower of Holland. Avoid hidden costs with a pancake lunch and entrance fees included, and relax with seamless round-trip transfer from your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$274.63
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Tulips and Windmills in a Very Small Group from Amsterdam

Tulips and Windmills in a Very Small Group from Amsterdam

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Experience Dutch nature and culture on this all-day guided excursion. After meeting up with a knowledgeable local guide, enjoy activities that include visiting a clog and wooden shoe workshop, stopping by a cheese farm to for a Gouda tasting, admiring historic windmills at Molen De Kat, and exploring one of the world’s largest flower gardens with skip the line access.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$171.64
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Private Tour: Zaan River Cruise Including 3-Course Dinner from Amsterdam

Private Tour: Zaan River Cruise Including 3-Course Dinner from Amsterdam

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Embark on a unique culinary and sightseeing experience with a private dinner cruise along the Zaan River. Glide past windmills and through a lock system while a knowledgeable skipper and guide shares stories of life on the river and among the surrounding landscape. Toast your voyage with a glass of sparkling wine, and stop at three different riverside restaurants to complete a 3-course meal of traditional Dutch dishes. Includes pickup and drop-off from central Amsterdam hotels for a seamless and memorable day trip.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$274.33
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Holland Combi Tour (Giethoorn & Windmills Zaanse Schans)

Holland Combi Tour (Giethoorn & Windmills Zaanse Schans)

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GIETHOORN - ZAANSE SCHANS is a unique combination of Holland top two tourist destinations that are packaged in a simple and amazing way, which will take you in a travel experience that will not be forgotten in a lifetime. (departure from the designated location in Amsterdam). (Maximum number of 8 participants per group).
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$124.64
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Zaanse Schans Half Day Guided Tour

Zaanse Schans Half Day Guided Tour

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Delve into the rich tapestry of typical Dutch culture on an enriching half-day tour to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam. With a knowledgeable guide, observe traditional cheese making processes; marvel at the interior of a working windmill; try on some authentic wooden clogs for size; and admire the quaint and colorful architecture of Zaanse Schans village before returning to Amsterdam by comfortable coach. Gain fascinating insight into the unique culture of the Netherlands on this educational tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.16
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Private Tour to the Windmills, Cheese and Clogs Volendam, Marken from Amsterdam

Private Tour to the Windmills, Cheese and Clogs Volendam, Marken from Amsterdam

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Escape the crowded city of Amsterdam on a private trip through Europe’s most charming countryside. Just half an hour from Amsterdam, enjoy traditional Dutch culture at the fishing village of Volendam and the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Eat lunch at a traditional seafood restaurant and take a ferry cruise on the Volendam-Marken Express. A luxury vehicle with a personal guide takes you round trip; no need to navigate trains or crowded buses.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$335.29
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Small-Group Zaan River Cruise Including 3-Course Dinner from Amsterdam

Small-Group Zaan River Cruise Including 3-Course Dinner from Amsterdam

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See the windmills of the River Zaan from the water and enjoy a 3-course dinner on this 4-hour small-group river cruise experience from Amsterdam. Travel to the picturesque region around the city of Zaandam, savor a glass of bubbles, and embark on a leisurely cruise along the Zaan. Pass the enchanting windmill village of Zaanse Schans; and visit three restaurants to enjoy a starter, main course and dessert. As you cruise, admire Zaandam’s wooden warehouses and cottages, and hear about the area’s industrial heritage and working mills from your skipper-guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$137.28
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Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour plus Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Volendam, Edam and Windmill Tour plus Amsterdam Canal Cruise

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Enjoy a day away from the capital on a tour to Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Edam, with a complimentary city canal cruise ticket included. Gain insight into rural Holland from on-board commentary as you cruise between attractions with ease via air-conditioned vehicle. Benefit from free time to explore the Dutch countryside at your own pace, then unwind after sightseeing with a calm cruise on UNESCO-listed waterways.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$82.91
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Keukenhof, Zaanse Schans & Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Keukenhof, Zaanse Schans & Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Visit two of the Netherlands’ most magical springtime spots during this full-day excursion. First, visit the famous Keukenhof gardens where you can find millions of flower shows and sculptures, primarily tulips, on display. Continue to the 18th-century village of Zaanse Schans known for its windmills, barns, and wooden houses. At the end of the tour, receive a voucher for a canal cruise in Amsterdam to be used at your leisure.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$121.92
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Private Tour: Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam

Private Tour: Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam

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Experience the Holland of old on a private, 3-hour trip to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam. Enjoy the beauty of the Zaan region, with its wooden windmills, quaint villages and meadows. Stop at the historical, windmill village of Zaanse Schan and take a guided tour around the pretty lanes and watersides, passing green-painted houses, wooden barns and shops. Watch clogs and cheese being made at craft workshops, and visit a working windmill to learn how they were used to pump water, saw wood and more through the 17th and 18th centuries.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$152.40
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Private Tour to Giethoorn incl Canal Cruise and Windmills Tour from Amsterdam

Private Tour to Giethoorn incl Canal Cruise and Windmills Tour from Amsterdam

Explore the picturesque village of Giethoorn and sail down its beautiful canals during this full-day private tour from Amsterdam. Giethoorn is a car-free known for its old thatched-roof houses and boat-filled canals as well as its special museums. Then head to the Zaanse Schans district and see the famous Dutch windmills, wooden houses, and cheese factory before heading back to Amsterdam.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$389.25
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Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Small-Group Day Tour

Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Small-Group Day Tour

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Tick off two of Holland’s top attractions in just one day on this combo tour to Zaanse Schans and Giethoorn, with seamless round-trip transfer from central Amsterdam saving you time and energy for sightseeing. Benefit from the insider knowledge of your professional guide as you explore Zaanse Schans traditional windmills and historic houses, then head to the charming canal-town of Giethoorn for your guided boat excursion.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$119.48
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Private Tour: Zaanse Schans and River Zaan Cruise from Amsterdam

Private Tour: Zaanse Schans and River Zaan Cruise from Amsterdam

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Travel to a storybook land of windmills, wooden houses and cheese shops on this private, half-day tour to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam. Visit the traditional Dutch village for a glimpse into the Old World crafts scene and charming atmosphere, and then glide by the many windmills that line the banks of the Zaan River on a private boat trip. Stop for lunch in the town of Zaandam, and hear stories about life on the river from a friendly skipper and guide.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$260.91
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Private Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Windmills Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam

Private Giethoorn & Zaanse Schans Windmills Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam

The mostly car-free village of Giethoorn, with its boat-filled waterways, is one of the Netherlands' most beautiful places. Skip the impersonal group tours and explore its attractions in the company of just your party and a guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$365.77
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Full day tour to Giethoorn incl Canal Cruise and Windmills tour from Amsterdam

Full day tour to Giethoorn incl Canal Cruise and Windmills tour from Amsterdam

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Discover some of the Netherlands’ most beautiful countryside highlights on this seamless, private tour. Following pickup from your hotel, travel in the comfort of a luxury Mercedes. Your first stop is the charming village of Giethoorn: renowned for its scenic canals, thatched-roof homes, and tranquil pace of living. See the town, and go for a canal cruise. Then, transfer to Zaanse Schans: home to iconic, heritage windmills. Finally, return to your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$358.36
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Zaanse Schans can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 108 Zaanse Schans tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Zaanse Schans costs USD 7.90. Guided Zaanse Schans tours start around USD 7.90 per person. See all 108 Zaanse Schans tickets and tours on Viator.
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