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Private Zaanse Schans tours: a taste of history

The Zaanse Schans is one of the most cherished landmarks of the Netherlands. The six well-preserved and iconic windmills, set on the river Zaan, the small, picturesque village, the numerous workshops, traditional Dutch houses and of course the museums offer an amazing glimpse of the rich Dutch history. As a preferred partner of the Mayor’s Mansion, VIP Tours Holland offers a wide range of private Zaanse Schans tours both for leisure as for corporate group tours. Discover Dutch heritage in a unique way that suits all your needs. We’ll make sure that every visit, solo or as a group, is a cherished memory for years to come.

A cherished historical and world-renown landmark

In its heyday the Zaan region was home to hundreds of windmills. During the 18th and 19th centuries the mills in the important industrial area produced goods like paint, paper, mustard, oil and many other products, which were mainly traded to merchants from all around the world. The rich Dutch history still lives on in this beautiful region, just north of Amsterdam. And it’s up to you how you want to relive this prosperous period of time and it’s beautiful reminders. Our private Zaanse Schans tours offer you every opportunity for unforgettable private Amsterdam windmill tours for groups. Make the most out of your stay in Amsterdam and combine a city trip with a unique visit to this cultural and historical landmark of the Netherlands.

Amsterdam windmill tours for groups

On a yearly bases nearly a million visitors from all over the world travel to Holland, just to catch a glimpse of this impressive and typical Dutch spectacle. But why only enjoy the spectacular sights, when it’s also possible to visit these historical giants yourself! The private Zaanse Schans tours, organized by VIP Tours Holland, bring history back to life. Our experienced guides will tell you all there is to know about the history of this small, but oh so beautiful village. We offer various programs for excursions and guided Amsterdam windmill tours for groups. Choose your own arrangement or combine a private visit to the Zaanse Schans with an Amsterdam city tour.

To top this sensational experience off you can choose to settle down in restaurant De Vijff Vlieghen – a culinary museum in the heart of Amsterdam. Surrounded by four original etchings of Rembrandt and walls covered in beautiful gold leather wallpaper from the 17th century, the restaurant offers a unique ambiance – reminiscing the Golden Age. VIP Tours Holland offers various dinner packages and is happy to make reservations for you and your party.

Private Zaanse Schans tours: what we offer

Discover our unique arrangements for private Zaanse Schans tours and excursions:

1. Mayor’s Mansion Visit (duration: 30 minutes)

Ingrid Marsman, one of the 22 residents of the Zaanse Schans, welcomes you into her home. Dressed in a traditional Dutch costume she plays Mayor’s wife Kaatje Slagter, who lived in the Mayor’s Mansion in 1850. She proudly shows off her antique furniture and reveals the intriguing history of the house and its inhabitants by showing a short film (available in 12 languages)


  • A – Dutch high tea: Tea, lemonade & cookies
  • B – Mustard Soup: Homemade
  • C – Cheese tasting: Five types of Willig Gouda cheese
  • D – Liquor tasting: Five types of Dutch liquors
  • E – Wine tasting: Five types of wine

2. Village walk (duration 1 or 2 hours)

Combine a visit to the Mayor’s Mansion with a village walk. After showing you around the streets of the Zaanse Schans, Kaatje is more than happy to give you a private tour of her house, the Mayor’s Mansion. We have several guide actors, speaking many different languages.


  • F – 1 hour village walk: Walk + windmill visit
  • G – 2 hours village walk: Walk + windmill visit + clog maker + cheese farm
  • H – Dutch treats during walk: Dutch chocolate, cheese, liquorice, spiced biscuit
  • I  –  Wireless audio system: Hear the stories perfectly, even at a distance

3. Private rental

Not in any rush, large groups or special wishes? This might be the perfect option for you! If you wish to spend more time in the Mayor’s Mansion, for example because you are visiting the Zaanse Schans with more than one group, you like to use the house for your meeting, the group has a lunch or other activities and wishes, it’s possible to rent the Mayor’s Mansion. The rental fee is added to the entrance fee.

4. Windmill Walk (duration 30 minuten)

Once over 600 windmills were active in the Zaan region. Kaatje Slagter walks with you along the windmills, proudly standing along the dyke. She explains how the windmills work and talks about the day to day life of a miller and his family. You can choose to visit one or several windmills during or after the tour (entrance fee not included).

5. Extra visits with VIP Tours Holland

You just can’t get enough of the Zaanse Schans, can you? Well, why don’t you stay a bit longer! Join a windmill cruise or enjoy a typical Dutch bike tour. Visit the Zaan Museum, the Weaver’s House, the Zaan Time Museum, the Albert Heijn Museum, a barrel maker, bakery or traditional pewter foundry and the CacaoLab – VIP Tours Holland is your local expert and personal guide for any extra visits and activities at the Zaanse Schans.

6. Lunches & Dinners

The restaurants at the Zaanse Schans serve delicious lunches and meals. VIP Tours Holland offers various arrangements. Enjoy a lunch at Hoop op de Swarte Walvis, eat a delicious traditional pancake at The Kraai or experience a taste of history at Slager aan de Schans. For each of the restaurants we over special dinner arrangements.

Enjoy Amsterdam and Holland to the fullest!

Do you want to explore and experience Amsterdam or the Zaanse Schans in the best possible way? Or what about both! VIP Tours Holland helps you create everlasting memories. For you and for your friends, guests or customers. Do you have special requests or do you want more information about our private Zaanse Schans tours? Feel free to contact us. We take pride in providing you with a tailor-made program and are happy to offer you a proposal that suits all your or your company’s wishes.

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Telephone: +31 (0)20 261 4890

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