The flower and tulip fields make a great day trip to the Amsterdam flower strip in spring and summer. In these seasons and in the rest of the year there are plenty of other sights to visit as well. Today’s traveltip: a windmill tour Keukenhof area.
A new miller for Holland heritage
A new face. Robert stands tall next to the even taller windmill. The passionate Jan, who still lives in this amazing Dutch icon, steps out of his house. He’ll give us the windmill tour Keukenhof area while Robert, the new miller, shows us how to handle the sails, the blades and the wheels of this historical monument.
Dutch icon in polder landscape
This windmill is beautifully located. On top of a dike, it looks out on the canal on one side. On the other the polders – the green meadows which lay much lower than the canal. In between the polders are ditches. This mill is called a polder drainage windmill. An enormous screw under the house pumps the water of the ditches in the canal. The obvious question: does Jan not hear the mechanism when it’s operating?
Jan’s answer: “You get used to it. The windmill’s monotonous sound is actually quite calming”
Windmill tour Keukenhof area
The Golden Age comes to life when you see the blades of this 17th century typical Dutch icon turning. It’s quite close by the worldfamous tulip garden and participants often request a windmill tour Keukenhof area when they book the tulip field bike tour.
It is also possible to organise a visit by bike or boat to this windmill in fall or winter. Or add it to the Holland beach and summer flower bike tour.
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