5 – 7 hours
Culture Vultures, Family Friendly, Uniquely Dutch
When staying in Amsterdam, it is easy to combine your visit to this vibrant capital with a wonderful countryside and windmills tour. The scenic Dutch countryside, including the peaceful villages of Zaanse Schans, Marken and Volendam are only a short drive from the city centre of Amsterdam. Enjoy the tranquility of the area and be amazed by the sights of traditional villages and colourful Dutch windmills.
The Volendam, Marken & Windmills Day Trip takes you from central Amsterdam to the villages of Zaanse Schans, Volendam and to the former island of Marken; the order of tour can change. These small towns outside Amsterdam give you a sense of being in an open-air museum.
At the Zaanse Schans, you will get your fill of historical windmills. More than ten windmills line the banks of the Zaan river. The Zaanse Schans is an actual open-air museum; it is possible to wander around this unique village, also known to be one of the best places to admire the typical Dutch windmills. You can enter some of the windmills, a small entry fee is usually required.
Then, enjoy a leisurely walk along ‘De Dijk’ in Volendam, a typical Dutch fishing village. This harbour area offers great views across the ‘Markermeer’ (Marker Lake). Here, you will visit the Cheese Factory, where you can watch a demonstration how cheese is made, as well as taste this Dutch delicacy. Volendam is known for its fresh fish eateries, perhaps a nice suggestion for lunch?
After, the tour takes you to the village of Marken, a former island in the ‘Markermeer’, now a peninsula. In the authentic village of Marken, clogs are still made according to a 100-year old tradition with steam powered tools. A visit to a traditional clog, or wooden shoe, maker is included in the tour. The clogs are surprisingly comfortable, why not try for yourself?
During this tour, you will discover a unique part of the Netherlands. This day trip is cherished by adults and children alike. Buy your ticket for a fun-filled Dutch windmills tour for an unforgettable experience!
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