Planning a visit to the Netherlands this summer? There is a good bet that the second thing you will want to see after Amsterdam is a windmill. This is normal since the Netherlands, known for its windmills, would be the country that counted the most windmills.
A Little history
Windmills have been built in a way that can generate mechanical energy from the wind. It is in some way the ancestor of the Élolienne. Although there would be some 900 in the Netherlands today, at one time there were more than 9000 windmills in the Netherlands.
At the time the windmill was mainly used to grind cereals, produce oil, to dry swampy areas and polders and to sawing wood. The windmill as energy generator disappeared with the gradual arrival of the electricity.
The Zaan is probably the first industrial region in the world. 250 years ago, in a relatively small area, there were some 800 mills that catered to industrial needs.
Today, because of the pollution problems and the refusal to use nuclear energy, it seems that the windmills are experiencing a revival of favour on the part of the Dutch.
Where to see windmills
Travel-Outings offers you a beautiful place that will allow you to see a large concentration of windmills. These are the Mills Zaanse Schans.
In this beautiful place, you will not only see beautiful windmills but you will also have the opportunity to visit different museums. In addition to the museums, you will find shops that make you discover different trades. This way you can learn more about the manufacture of wood clogs, the paint on Delft blue, the tin melt and the cheese making.
Almost a thousand industrial windmills once bordered the shores of the Zaan. Six have stood the test of time: Two oil mills, a mustard mill, a paint mill and two sawmills. These are the following windmills:
– Huisman Windmill – Mustard Mill
– Windmill of Gekroonde Poelenburg – Sawmill
– Kat Windmill – Paint Mill
– Zoeker Windmill – Oil Mill
-Windmill of Blanco Hen-Oil mill
-Windmill Het Jonge Schaap – Sawmill
You will find it very nice to see closely these vestiges of the past. For a slight fee, it is even possible to visit some of them.
How to get to the Mills Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans is very close to Amsterdam. The easiest way to get there is to take the train. From the train station in Amsterdam, buy a ticket to the station “Koog Zaandijk”. From this resort, you will be about 10-15 minutes on foot. Don’t worry there are very clear indications and you will greatly enjoy walking in the beautiful streets.
A visit to Zaanse Schans is certainly one of the most beautiful day trips you can do from Amsterdam. Why deprive yourself of it?