The windmills in Zaanse Schans and Kinderdijk villages are world famous, but even Amsterdam city has its fair share of windmills. Apart from some of the world-renowned museums in the Netherlands and the Dutch canals, even windmills account for growing number of visitors to the capital city.
The top 3 windmills in the city are listed below, which you can visit on National Mill Day observed annually in May second week. Note that two of these windmills can be visited on select days of the year as well, but if you are planning to tour Amsterdam anytime soon, check out these tourist attractions as well.
This one in Amsterdam Noord is often billed as the world’s only wind-powered mill used for milling trass and chalk. It is named after Elisabeth Admiraal, its first owner who passed away at the age of 90 when the windmill was built in 1792. It is now owned by the Dutch miller named Harm-Ydo Hilberdink, and stays open to the public on select days from April to October.
Molen De Bloem
It was actually erected elsewhere in the Netherlands, but now resides in Marnixstraat nearby Leidseplein square in Amsterdam city. Often referred to as De Blom, the 18th Century post mill can be accessed by visitors only on National Mills Day. The now defunct tower mill’s upper part or cap used to rotate to the winds while its base used to remain stable.
Molen van Sloten
This is the only Dutch windmill, which you can visit on most days; it stays open for visitors on Amsterdam tours all the year round. The polder mill situated nearby Ringvaart canal remains closed on select holidays though. Owing to its construction, it is one of the handful Dutch windmills to have an elevator, which means that even elderly people and disabled persons can get inside the mill.
What’s more, it hosts two permanent exhibitions, one being an audiovisual exhibit on Rembrandt’s life and the second one revolving around Amsterdam’s relationship with waterways. Titled “Amsterdam and the Water”, the exhibit mainly focuses on 17th Century Dutch landscape. The most popular windmill in the Venice of The North also explores the connection between static and the moving.