The Delft Windmill

One of the top questions I’m asked is about visiting windmills. A trip to Kinderdijk or Zaanse Schans are popular tourist stops, but there are one thousand working windmills all over Holland.

One of my favorite little finds in Delft is the Delftse Molen.

This windmill has been in Delft since 1679 but reopened its doors in February of 2015 just before our arrival in Delft. We discovered it during Open Monuments Day, but have since been back frequently.

Bringing Friends to the Windmill

Whenever possible I like to take visitors to the windmill. It is a great way to see a working windmill and you are afforded wonderful views of Delft.

Adjusting the Windmill

The volunteer millers are so friendly and are always available to answer questions. H typically leaves with a coloring sheet. When they are not too busy they have let H help with the pulleys to “drive” the windmill.

Delft Windmill Store

The store downstairs is lovely. We stop in to pick up their pancake mix, flour and local butter. The flour is used by several of the local restaurants including one of our favorites, Stads Koffy Huis.

The Windmill and store are open Thursday- Saturday 10am – 5pm. You’ll know it’s open when you see any of these clues: the windmill wings are turning, the front door is open or the “open” sign is put out by the road.

950 mills will open their doors on National Windmill Day (in May).  If you’re looking for a windmill in your area, the Dutch Windmill Database may be your best bet. And if you can’t find one, just come to Delft.

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Elizabeth is a Type A, Attorney turned Stay-at-Home Mom, who moved her family across the Atlantic for an adventure. She can often be found out and about finding fun things for her littles to do. Elizabeth loves to read, craft and chat with friends. She will try just about anything and loves to share her experiences.

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