Amsterdam Zaanse Schans Windmills Excursion Reviews

When you picture Holland, images of tulips and windmills likely come to mind. If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam, try a visit to the Zaanse Schans Windmills -- an outdoor museum that replicates a traditional Dutch village.
Seemed to just be a tourist trap.
Seemed to just be a tourist trap. Didn't really learn about the trades of wooden shoe making and cheese making. Windmill was interesting but all in all would not recommend.
Seemed to just be a tourist trap. Didn't really learn about the trades of wooden shoe making and cheese making. Windmill was interesting but all in all would not recommend. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Avalon Waterways
Got to see a working windmill & how clogs are made, even though they are mostly done using machines ...
Got to see a working windmill & how clogs are made, even though they are mostly done using machines now a days. Very informative experience.
Got to see a working windmill & how clogs are made, even though they are mostly done using machines now a days. Very informative experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Scenic
Would prefer a bit longer time here as it was not long enough to explore the open air museum or the ...
Would prefer a bit longer time here as it was not long enough to explore the open air museum or the town of Edam
Would prefer a bit longer time here as it was not long enough to explore the open air museum or the town of Edam Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Scenic
Tour was nice, but free time in Amsterdam was a bust.
Tour was nice, but free time in Amsterdam was a bust. Tour guide wasn't very good at explaining where thinga were, just gave us a map and said meet back here in two hours. Map was in Dutch, and so are streets, so it was a nightmare ... Read More
Tour was nice, but free time in Amsterdam was a bust. Tour guide wasn't very good at explaining where thinga were, just gave us a map and said meet back here in two hours. Map was in Dutch, and so are streets, so it was a nightmare trying to figure out. We finally had lunch and waiuted for bus. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We had a gorgeous day and the tour guide walked us through the village and gave us the history of ...
We had a gorgeous day and the tour guide walked us through the village and gave us the history of the area. We visited a working windmill where you can climb to the top up some steep stairs. We then saw a demonstration of how they make ... Read More
We had a gorgeous day and the tour guide walked us through the village and gave us the history of the area. We visited a working windmill where you can climb to the top up some steep stairs. We then saw a demonstration of how they make wooden shoes, very interesting. The guide then let us wander around village for about 1 hour. I recommend the chocolate shop and bakery. Very nice day. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Avalon Waterways
gorgeous, we enjoyed seeing the windmills
gorgeous, we enjoyed seeing the windmills
gorgeous, we enjoyed seeing the windmills Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: AmaWaterways
This site was both an interesting historical site with windmills and a Disney-like set of houses ...
This site was both an interesting historical site with windmills and a Disney-like set of houses with shops. The climb up the stairs/ladder in the largest windmill was treacherous, but the view was worth it. Ride to and from was ... Read More
This site was both an interesting historical site with windmills and a Disney-like set of houses with shops. The climb up the stairs/ladder in the largest windmill was treacherous, but the view was worth it. Ride to and from was interesting, as we got a chance to see the suburbs of Amsterdam. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Avalon Waterways
we enjoyed the windmills but unfortunately we had an accident near the end and had to be taken by ...
we enjoyed the windmills but unfortunately we had an accident near the end and had to be taken by ambulance to the local hospital
we enjoyed the windmills but unfortunately we had an accident near the end and had to be taken by ambulance to the local hospital Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Avalon Waterways
I found Amsterdams history amazing and loved the wooden shoes.
I found Amsterdams history amazing and loved the wooden shoes. I also enjoyed watching out for the "killer bikes"
I found Amsterdams history amazing and loved the wooden shoes. I also enjoyed watching out for the "killer bikes" Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider:
Windmills!
Windmills! This area is lovely but crowded during the late summer vacation time.
Windmills! This area is lovely but crowded during the late summer vacation time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider:
Zaanse Schans was an optional excurision & WORTH every penny.
Zaanse Schans was an optional excurision & WORTH every penny. If you do this tour, be prepared for the photographer to take your picture when you 1st walk into the village. He gives you no warning that he's taking your picture ... Read More
Zaanse Schans was an optional excurision & WORTH every penny. If you do this tour, be prepared for the photographer to take your picture when you 1st walk into the village. He gives you no warning that he's taking your picture & you may not like the picture. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Avalon Waterways
We ended up on a double-decker bus which was too large a crowd.
We ended up on a double-decker bus which was too large a crowd. We didn't get clear instructions, and had to scramble to keep up. However, we saw and did some very interesting things.
We ended up on a double-decker bus which was too large a crowd. We didn't get clear instructions, and had to scramble to keep up. However, we saw and did some very interesting things. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Amsterdam: We chose the 2-day pre-cruise extension in Amsterdam through Uniworld, and we were very ...
Amsterdam: We chose the 2-day pre-cruise extension in Amsterdam through Uniworld, and we were very glad we did. Sure, we could have done it cheaper on our own. But, since we had never been to Europe, or on a river cruise, we decided up ... Read More
Amsterdam: We chose the 2-day pre-cruise extension in Amsterdam through Uniworld, and we were very glad we did. Sure, we could have done it cheaper on our own. But, since we had never been to Europe, or on a river cruise, we decided up front to have peace of mind by allowing Uniworld to handle all transfers, and some excursions in Amsterdam. Sunday morning, after another delicious breakfast at the Renaissance , we, along with a dozen or 15 others, opted for an optional (79 euros each) countryside coach tour called "Polders & Windmills", led by Muriel. We went to a wonderfully friendly cheese factory and toured its completely automated dairy, then to Zaanse Schans outdoor museum. We had a guided tour of several windmills and the village, and had an opportunity to see how wooden shoes were made. Muriel bought some Dutch chocolates for us to taste, and she was so informative and fun, it was a delight! We arrived back at the hotel about 1 pm, where our bags were waiting to be loaded, and off to the ship we went! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
A real tourist trap but well done.
A real tourist trap but well done. We learned about windmills and their use. The shops were great for souvenirs.
A real tourist trap but well done. We learned about windmills and their use. The shops were great for souvenirs. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Scenic
All shore excursions are hurried, but even so this one was very enjoyable.
All shore excursions are hurried, but even so this one was very enjoyable.
All shore excursions are hurried, but even so this one was very enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Cruise & Maritime Voyages
We will visit here again when we return to Amsterdam.
We will visit here again when we return to Amsterdam. Hopefully with art materials. Very picturesque and interesting.
We will visit here again when we return to Amsterdam. Hopefully with art materials. Very picturesque and interesting. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Avalon Waterways
It was wonderful to be inside a working windmill.
It was wonderful to be inside a working windmill. The pleasant village site was lovely walk around and enjoy.
It was wonderful to be inside a working windmill. The pleasant village site was lovely walk around and enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Scenic
It was freezing, raining, and windy.
It was freezing, raining, and windy. If the weather would have been nicer everyone would have liked it better
It was freezing, raining, and windy. If the weather would have been nicer everyone would have liked it better Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Scenic
Bus trip from the ship through stunning countryside to Zaanse Schans Windmills where we stayed for ...
Bus trip from the ship through stunning countryside to Zaanse Schans Windmills where we stayed for quite some time. Free entry to see the clogs being made and a windmill where the owner explained the operations of the windmill. We were ... Read More
Bus trip from the ship through stunning countryside to Zaanse Schans Windmills where we stayed for quite some time. Free entry to see the clogs being made and a windmill where the owner explained the operations of the windmill. We were then left to explore the site on our own. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Costa Cruises
Very touristey- the tour guide warned us to watch out for pickpocketers!
Very touristey- the tour guide warned us to watch out for pickpocketers! It's definitely a tourist-trap kind of place, with people all dressed up for the cameras and lots of shops selling trinkets. The windmills were nice, but overall ... Read More
Very touristey- the tour guide warned us to watch out for pickpocketers! It's definitely a tourist-trap kind of place, with people all dressed up for the cameras and lots of shops selling trinkets. The windmills were nice, but overall probably not worth it. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
We loved this scenic visit to see the windmills, cheese store and clog (wooden shoe) factory.
We loved this scenic visit to see the windmills, cheese store and clog (wooden shoe) factory. Very interesting.
We loved this scenic visit to see the windmills, cheese store and clog (wooden shoe) factory. Very interesting. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Avalon Waterways
Busy tourist spot.
Busy tourist spot. An opportunity to see a working wind mill, and clog factory
Busy tourist spot. An opportunity to see a working wind mill, and clog factory Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Scenic
Loved this tour.
Loved this tour. So touristy but so much fun. Windmills, chocolate, wooden shoes and beautiful scenery.
Loved this tour. So touristy but so much fun. Windmills, chocolate, wooden shoes and beautiful scenery. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises