Nowadays, windmills in Holland serves a touristic purpose. But not long ago, barely a hundred years back they were the engines of industrial growth. Believe it or not, windmills powered not just cottage industries.
Just like the horse buggy was replaced with the combustion engine, so were the windmills.
You might still find the odd windmill here or there in each town in Holland, but they are frequently not in full working condition anymore (please correct us if you think otherwise!). Perhaps they charge a fee for you to view the interior.
In our previous post on the windmills of Holland (part I) we propositioned the visit of Kinderdijk. However if you are short of time or not keen to make your way far out then look no further than visiting Zaanse Schans. This is if you truly like to witness how a windmill works.
Almost a stone’s throw from Amsterdam, it has a collection of windmills that were moved from their original locations and placed here in an open-air museum. Unlike its counterparts at Kinderdijk, the ones here are all in pristine working order and there are all the amenities that a tourist would look for.
Step into one and be transported back in time. We brought visitors to these places every time, so much that we have become tour guides…