Windmills are a beloved symbol of Dutch heritage and visiting one (or more!) can make for an enjoyable day out.
Zaanse Schans, for instance, is a charming village boasting eight well-preserved windmills. Although it’s popular during summer months, you can avoid the crowds by visiting in the morning.
The Netherlands boasts over 10,000 working windmills, so chances are you’ll spot one during your visit. However, the best places to view windmills in Amsterdam are a bit further out from the city center.
De Gooyer Windmill
This tallest wooden windmill in the Netherlands is a must-see while you’re visiting. Originally used as a flour mill, it now serves as an active brewery.
Flour Mill de Bloem
At the turn of the 19th century, this flour mill was one of the largest and most significant in Holland. It remained operational until 1963, using only wind power as its sole driving force.
Situated just 40 kilometers southwest of Amsterdam, the iconic Museum Mill was originally part of Haarlem’s defense wall during the 17th and 18th centuries. Reconstructed and now a museum, its history can be explored.
Driving there from Amsterdam may take some time, but you can also combine this with a visit to Keukenhof – another iconic attraction in rural Holland. Keukenhof makes for an excellent day trip, particularly during spring when visitors can explore this famous flower park.