The Mystery of the Zaanse Schans: Whispers of the Windmills, Zaandam

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Experience the Zaanse Schans through a puzzle quest and discover the fascinating stories of various major attractions within the picturesque historical neighbourhood, like the Wooden Shoe Workshop, the Pancake Restaurant, and of course, the long-preserved windmills. 

Walk over little bridges and paths between quaint wooden houses kept in their original appearance as you unravel cryptic clues. 

Are you ready to find out what dark secrets the locals have been hiding? 
No booking needed. Just download the app, add it to your quests and start playing.
  • Best during the day
  • Instagrammable
  • Recommended activity for families
  • No attractions ticket(s) required

Places you will visit


It will take you

135-165 mins

You will walk

2760 steps

Total distance

2.1 km


  • Follow clues and solve riddles to unravel a terrifying mystery.Try free samples in the Henry Willig Cheese Experience.Learn all about acceptable pancake toppings.


After a string of mysterious disappearances, the Zaanse Schans has been closed to the public. As a paranormal investigator, it is your job to find out what is going on.

Thankfully, you have a lead. A letter has dropped into your mailbox, filled with a number of cryptic clues that the anonymous sender claims will lead you to whatever is causing the disturbances.

When you arrive on the desolate streets, however, you can tell you’re being watched.

It’s almost like the mills... have eyes.

Game route

Starting point Museum of the Dutch Clock
Kalverringdijk 3, 1509 BT Zaandam, Nederland
Finish point Oil Mill De Bonte Hen
Kalverringdijk 39, 1509 BT Zaandam, Nederland
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Get the app and you're all set

Download it, choose your route and just walk to the starting point.

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Uitjes en Eten

10 Sep 2023

Joke Vermeulen

19 Jul 2023
A very good, exciting story, with a lot of information about the history of this place. Highly recommanded


13 Jul 2023
Love the humor, characters and subtle reference to Lovecraft's works!


13 Jul 2023
Fun game with a great story, featuring hilarious characters! Highly recommended!

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  • Discover new places

    As you walk and tour around the city, you will visit new cool places.

  • Solve puzzles, crack riddles

    You will test your wits and exploring abilities with fun challenges.

  • Learn fun history

    Each place comes with its own bit of history that you'll discover as you walk.

  • Role-play

    Put yourself in the shoes of a famous fictional character and play out their story.


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