Private Village Walk

Your group can enjoy a theatrical Village Walk at the Zaanse Schans, performed by Ingrid Marsman, a local resident, guide and actress. Join Kaatje Slagter a Mayor’s wife from 1850 on her Private Village Walk. She knows everything about her neighborhood and gladly shares the latest gossip with you. Dressed in her favorite Zaans costume, she lets you relive times gone by.

Mayor’s Mansion visit

The Mayor’s Mansion was built in 1734 by local nobleman Jan Bruygom. Later it became the home of Westzaan Mayor Teunis Slagter. His wife Kaatje Slagter, dressed in a regional costume, invites you inside and shows a short documentary of the history of the Zaan region, while you are offered tea and lemonade.

The visit takes around 20 minutes and can be booked between 10 am and 5 pm.

In touch with the Dutch

To make your program more entertaining, your group can meet guide actors during the walk, representing famous historical persons who once lived here: Claude Monet , Tsar Peter the Great, a whale hunter, a miller and a Spanish soldier. They talk about their lives in the Zaan region.

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Geertje and Teunis Slagter, a Spanish soldier, a Catholic nun, a miller &  whale hunters


Schedule Indication (start at any time you like -upon availability)

09.00 – 09.30    Transfer Amsterdam – Zaanse Schans

09.30 – 11.30   1) Village Walk with Kaatje Slagter

Meet Mayor’s wife Kaatje Slagter at the bus parking. She brings you back to 1850, to the time that she lived here. Her walking tour includes a visit to the wooden shoe factory, first grocery store of Albert Heijn, the cheese farm and windmill De Huisman. For large groups we arrange several local actor guides in costume. The walking tour ends at the Mayor’s Mansion, Kaatjes own house.

Optional A): Meet other famous historical figures

During the Village Walk, actors in costume let history come to life. They share their stories, linked with the Zaan region when the group(s) pass by.

Optional B) Join a 45-minute windmill cruise and make wonderfull windmill pictures from the water.

11.30 – 12.00    2)   Private visit to the Mayor’s Mansion

The mayor’s wife welcomes you inside her Mayor’s Mansion and shows you around. She shows an interesting documentary about the history of the Mayor’s Mansion and the Zaan region.The house was built in 1734. In 1850 it belonged to Teunis Slagter, Mayor of Westzaan. In 1963 the Mayor’s Mansion was transported from Westzaan to the Zaanse Schans. In 2012 it was officially opened by Princess Beatrix and in 2017 the house was chosen as the location for the movie ‘Mata Hari, The Naked Spy.

Optional C):    Refreshments: Tea, lemonade, Dutch licorice and cookies
Optional D):    Homemade mustard soup: Prepared with mustard from mill De Huisman
Optional E):    Dutch gin and liquor tasting: Supplied by the House of Bols

12.00       Return to Amsterdam or enjoy lunch (dinner) at the Zaanse Schans

We organise lunches at the Dutch pancake bakery De Kraai, and lunches/dinners at restaurant Hoop op d’Swarte Walvis or Italian restaurant Il Mulino. If you chose the mustard soup in the Mayor’s Mansion, it can be served as a starter, with the main course/desert served in one of the restaurants.

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Discover the Dutch countryside on our exclusive VIP tour. It’s created for people who:

– are interested in the Dutch history.
– prefer small groups with a personal guide over big groups with a boring tour guide.
– like to laugh and be entertained.
– enjoy visits behind the scenes.
– wish for some free time to roam around the village, as part of the program.

Discover the Zaanse Schans village with ‘Kaatje Slagter’, the mayor’s wife from 1850. Dressed in a regional costume, she brings you back to her time. With visits to an old grocery and the wooden shoe workshop. At the end of the walk, she invites you inside her house (the Mayor’s Mansion) for a special Dutch tea party in her cozy dining room. 

Kaatje says farewell and you can hop on board Windmill Cruises to enjoy a boat ride on the Zaan river. Listen to the heroic windmill stories and make the best windmill photos from the waterside ! 

The boat ends at wood saw mill ‘Het Jonge Schaap’ (the young sheep) for a visit. With your windmill pass, you can also visit the other industrial windmills, open to the public. They each have their own story, and they are proudly standing along the dyke.

In your free time you can enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants (not included), visit the cheese farm, bakery museum, CacaoLab, antique shop and pewter foundry (free of charge) or choose for a paid visit to the Zaan Museum, weaver’s house and Clock museum. 

12.00 – 1.00 pm –Village Walk with Kaatje Slagter
1.00 – 1.30  pm – Dutch tea party at the Mayor’s Mansion
1.30 – 2.15  pm – Free time to do the Windmill Cruise and windmill visits/lunch/ other attractions

Theatrical Village Walk
Guided visits to the old grocery store and wooden shoe factory
Dutch tea party at the private home of the Mayor’s wife
Windmill Cruise on the Zaan river
Windmill pass with entrance to all the windmills, open to the public
Free time 

You can reach the Zaanse Schans by car, bus or train or choose our transportation by minivan that you can book extra.
11.30 – 12.00 Transfer from Amsterdam museum square to the Zaanse Schans where the Village Walk starts.
17.00 – 17.30 Return to Amsterdam, Central Station area.

We start at the Museum square, so you can take the opportunity to visit the Rijks museum, van Gogh museum or Coster Diamonds factory in the early morning (all open as of 9.00 am).



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Join Kaatje Slagter, a Mayor’s wife from 1850, on her Daily Village Walk.

This theatrical walk brings you back in time! Besides visits to an old grocery and a mill,  the tour includes a visit to the Mayor’s Mansion, Kaatje’s private home. She invites you
to a Dutch tea party and proudly gives a tour of the house. The tour is in English.

You can choose the Daily Village Walk only, and travel to the Zaanse Schans by yourself. You can add transportation by minivan from Amsterdam or book the exclusive VIP tour with the Daily Village Walk, a lovely boat ride on the Zaan river and all mills included. The VIP tour can be booked with or without transportation. 


Daily Village Walk

Duration: 1,5 hrs.

Price: € 19.50 per person

High season: 15 March – 15 October
at 10.00 am, 12.00, 2.00 pm
Low season: 16 October – 14 March
at 10 am and 11.30 am

Starting at: 
Kalverringdijk 3, 1509BT Zaandam, in front of the Dutch Clock museum (The Zaanse Time). Kaatje awaits you in her 
traditional Zaan costume.



With transportation 

Duration: 3,5 hrs. (incl. 1 hour free time)

Price: € 39.50 per person

High season: 15 March – 15 October
at 10 am, 11.30 and 2.00 pm
Low season:   16 October – 14 March
at 10 am and 11.30 am

10.00 am & 2.00 pm from Barbizon hotel (opposite Amsterdam CS) and 11.30 am from the Museum Square, next to streetcar Rijksmuseum stop.

VIP tour

without transportation: 3 hrs
with transportation: 6 hrs.
(incl. free time for the visits & lunch)

without transportation € 55 now 45 p.p.
with transportation € 95 now 75 p.p.

Period: All year round: at 11.30 am

12.00 at meeting point Daily Village Walk or at 11.30 am from Museum Square, next to streetcar Rijksmuseum stop
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