- Zaanse Schans
During this tour you will be visiting the famous fishing villages of Marken and Volendam - on the coast of the former Zuiderzee (now called IJselmeer). On the way, we will stop at one of the very few cheese farms, where cheese is still made the traditional way. In summertime you can make a boattrip from Volendam to former Island of Marken.
Next we will take you to a spectacular windmill village of Zaanse Schans with its characteristic green wooden houses. One of the very first industrial villages of the Netherlands, Zaanse Schans and the surrounding area it were once home to over 700 traditional 16th century Dutch windmills. Of these, only five remain, all perfectly intact, and you will get a chance to tour one with all the traditional mechanisms explained to you.