Dutch windmills

A Journey to the Heart of Dutch Windmills

The iconic windmills of the Netherlands stand as a symbol of the country's rich history and ingenuity, having played a crucial role in the country's development for centuries."

The 3 best experience to the Dutch windmills

♥  Visit the Windmills with or Tulip Tours
♥  Visit the Windmills in '' De Zaanse Schans ''
♥  Visit the Windmills in '' Kinderdijk ''
♥  History of the windmill

Visit the windmill and take a look inside

With our Tulip tour we visit the Schermerhorn windmills, a non-tourist place, where the windmills have created new land.

Step back in time and experience the charm of a bygone era as you visit the Schermerhorn Windmill. This magnificent structure is not only a testament to the engineering prowess of the Dutch, but it also offers a glimpse into how people used to live in a mill.

As you tour the interior of the windmill, you'll be amazed by the intricate wooden gears and the simple yet effective machinery that powers the mill. Children will love learning about how the windmill works, and the role it played in shaping the countryside.

But the Schermerhorn Windmill is much more than just a museum piece. As you step inside, you'll be transported back in time, to a world where life was simpler and the pace of life was much slower. You'll see how the miller and his family lived in the tiny rooms above the grinding floor, and how they adapted to life in a windmill.

And best of all, this tour is suitable for the whole family. Young guests will love the hands-on experience, while adults will be captivated by the history and heritage of this remarkable structure.

Dutch windmill
Dutch windmill

History of the windmills in the Tulips area

windmill & Tulips

During our tour you will see many windmills that have created new land in the area where we going to. we visit the windmills in '' De Schermer '' 9 of the 52 windmills can still be seen for cultural heritage, they are no longer workable.

In 1633… About four centuries ago, the first windmill are building in the Schermer, the workers managed to drain the 4 meter deep, 4,726 hectare lake in two years. As the water levels dropped, the Polder slowly transformed into a fertile and thriving land. The people were overjoyed and grateful for the windmills and the new land they had created.

The Creation of a Polder

First, the dike workers dug a ring canal. From the ground that came out, they set up a dike: the ring dike. The first mills were built on this dike: the ring mills, also known as upper mills. The height that these mills could bridge, the lift height, was about one meter. When the water level had dropped so much that the mills could hardly produce water, the dike workers built a second row of mills, which was lower: the middle mills. These ground the water through special waterways to the upper mills.

The series of mills turned out to be insufficient to grind all the water. A third and even a fourth series of mills had to be built in the Schermer polder. That's why 52 mills were used. After the lake had eventually dried up, the mills were needed to prevent the lake from filling up again.


The 5 best facts about Kinderdijk

♥  Kinderdijk is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
♥  The 19 windmills at Kinderdijk are over 200 years old
♥  Kinderdijk is One of the Largest Collection of Windmills in the World
♥  Kinderdijk was Built to Prevent Flooding
♥  Kinderdijk is a Popular Tourist Destination


Visit kinderdijk if you like dutch history

Once upon a time, the low-lying areas of the Netherlands were regularly flooded by the river, causing great hardship and loss of life for the people who lived there. In an effort to protect their communities and farmlands, the people of the Netherlands built a series of dikes and canals to manage the water levels.

However, they soon realized that they needed a way to pump the excess water out of their fields. They turned to the wind for help and built 19 large windmills at Kinderdijk, a small village in the heart of the floodplain. The windmills were designed to work together to pump water from the fields and into the river, helping to prevent flooding and keep the land dry.

For centuries, the windmills at Kinderdijk continued to play a vital role in the life of the Dutch people, providing them with a source of clean energy and helping to make their land safe and productive. Today, Kinderdijk is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Netherlands, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year who come to see the windmills and learn about the rich history and cultural heritage of the region.

And so, the windmills at Kinderdijk stand as a testament to the ingenuity and resilience of the Dutch people, and a symbol of their unwavering commitment to preserving their land and their way of life.

De Zaanse Schans

De Zaanse Schans

The 5 best facts about De Zaanse Schans

♥ De Zaanse Schans is a cultural and historical open-air museum in the Netherlands, showcasing the country's traditional windmills and architecture.

♥ The site is located in the town of Zaandijk, near Amsterdam and features over 20 authentic, restored windmills and houses.

♥ De Zaanse Schans is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Netherlands, attracting over 1 million visitors each year.

♥ The windmills at De Zaanse Schans are functional and were used in the past to mill oil, grain and produce other products.

♥ Visitors to the museum can learn about the history and culture of the Dutch countryside, as well as experience traditional Dutch activities such as clog-making, cheese-making and crafts.


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