Discover the beautiful Dutch countryside in a small group! You will set off in the Zaanstreek, the oldest industrial area in the Netherlands where hundreds of windmills once stood. The start of the tour is at Amsterdam Central Station and the first stop is Zaandam. From Zaandam you'll cycle over the dike and you can almost see beyond the horizon. You cycle along wet meadows that are just above, or even below the water level. This flat, open landscape with wet peat meadows was once an industrial area and is now a last refuge for many meadow birds. An oasis of water and tranquillity. Via the dike you reach Zaandijk. Here you'll see original workers' houses and merchant houses and you'll get explanations about the houses. On the other side of the Zaan is the Zaanse Schans a tourist hotspot with 6 windmills, original 18th century houses and old crafts, including a clog factory and a cheese dairy. In the air there is always the smell of chocolate. In the cacao lab you will discover why, but also how chocolate is made from cocoa beans and what the true taste of chocolate is. After the visit to the Zaanse Schans you cycle back to Zaandam and return to Amsterdam.
My name is Hans and I am a historian with a passion for Amsterdam and the region with its rich history. As a historian I will show you the relationship between Amsterdam and the Zaan region. How important the area was for Amsterdam and vice versa. I will show you the quiet places where you can experience the first Dutch industrial revolution for yourself.
Windmills, clogmaker and cheese farm
Return ticket Amsterdam - Zaandam. Bicycle
Start in Amsterdam + Zaandam to pickup the bikes + Cycle through the nature reserve + Visit a working windmill + Visit a neighborhood with traditional houses + Visit a diary farm with cheese tasting + Zaandam to return the bikes Ends in Amsterdam
The total cycle distance is about 15 kilometers in total at a medium pace. Experience traditional Dutch culture and see windmills, cheese markets and green landscapes