Amsterdam - The Majestic Windmills of Zaanse Schans

The Majestic Windmills of Zaanse Schans

(61 reviews)
Zaanse Schans, Amsterdam, Netherlands
45 mins

About the tour

We start this tour by crossing the bridge over the Zaan River and you get a lovely view of 5 beautifully restored working windmills dotted along the river bank. Then we walk past the gorgeous little wooden houses of yesteryear and on to the windmills themselves. I will explain the development of the windmill in Holland, from grinding grain through to pumping water and sawing timber. I will explain how they work in detail, how they are moved to face the wind and start and stop them turning. I will show you different shapes and sizes of windmills: sawmill, oil pressing, cocoa grinding. The sawmill is definitely my favourite, this mill changed insustry forever. Imagine that they could suddenly cut up a tree, 1 metre an hour into 5 planks, rather than 2 guys woth a long saw, talking days to do the same. Some mills are quite simple with not that may moving parts and thers are staggeringly complex, but they are all inspiring. A fascinating thing about them is that they create such power, but quietly, as there is no engine sound!

Meet your local guide


Mark has been sharing places and stories about Amsterdam, his adopted home, for 10 years now and he is still smitten by the place! He absolutely loves distilling chunks of history into bite-sized bits of fun. The vibrancy of the city takes his breath away, and he loves finding odd little details to share. Live-streaming tours are an exciting adventure as it is possible to open places and areas that are not accessible on in-person tours!

Mark has been guiding since Dec 2011

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Amsterdam with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Amsterdam. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Leslie G.

05 March 2021

Mark, What a great tour in that small town. Away from all the hustle and bustle. Learned a lot about those windmills. Thanks for doing what you do.

Ronda S.

04 March 2021

Mark did an amazing job in Amsterdam today. I hope to catch his next one. Thank you for a wonderful trip.

Liz🇨🇦 W.

04 March 2021

Absolutely loved this tour. So much great information and learning from it.

Marilyn J.

04 March 2021

Loved the tour in such an attractive and interesting place. Thank you.

Mary B.

04 March 2021

Loved the windmills

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