The Other Zaandam Windmills – well worth your visit!

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When people think of the Netherlands, they think of tulips, cheese, and the Iconic windmills, with their large sails and unique designs dotting the fields. Windmills have a long history in the country; they were originally used to mill, saw, drain water, and power various industries. 

When visiting the Netherlands, the Zaanse Schans is one of the best locations to see multiple windmills in a single area. This open-air museum features a collection of well-preserved historic windmills dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. 

Zaanse Schans wind mills
Windmills at the Zaanse Schans are not the only windmills in the area.

While the Zaanse Schans can provide multiple windmills in a single area, it also provides crowds. Did you know this isn’t the only place to see windmills in the Zaandam and great Zaanstad area?

So grab a bike and head out to explore other windmills that are well worth a visit. 

De Koker with kid in field
De Koker in Wormer

De Held Jozua

This sawmill, built in 1719, sits close to the centre of Zaandam. It continued to work as a sawmill until 1949 and slowly fell into disuse. In 1994-95, this mill went through a restoration process and stands proudly in the middle of the neighbourhood that has sprung up around it in recent years. 

Truly, it is a piece of history in the middle of a living city centre. 

You can find De Helf Jozua located at: Held Jozuapad 3, 1507 ED Zaandam

For more information Check out this website in Dutch. 

The Windmill De Held Jozua in Zaandam

Het Pink

Built-in 1620, this oil mill is one of my favourites in Zaandam (actually located in Koog aan de Zaan). Once again, this is a windmill that is now located in the middle of an established neighbourhood, blending modern living with a piece of history. 

 

Het Pink is run by volunteers and is open to the public on the second Saturday of the month from 10:00 until 17:00. It’s well worth a visit to see this mill running. 

Het Pink - weekend tour
Het Pink windmill, during a tour.

You can locate Het Pink at; Pinkstraat 12, 1541 HD Koog aan de Zaan

For more information, check out the following website.  

Herkules

This is a unique windmill located just a short walk from the Zaanse Schans.

It is an American-styled windmill, unique in the area.  The purpose is to maintain the water levels in the nearby field (polder). 

Check out this post for more information on Herkules.

American Windmill De Herkules

De Koker

De Koker windmill from front view

The original dates back to 1592, but unfortunately, due to a fire, it is no longer with us. The replacement was built in 1866 and worked as a flour mill. This mill has the unique feature that the grain was delivered via boat until the end of the 19th century. When visiting this mill, you can quickly see why, as it is set far back from the main road in a field, surrounded by water and polders. This creates very picturesque photos!

 

De Koker is open to the public on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10:00 until 17:00.  It’s definitely off the beaten path and worth the visit.

De Koker Windmill Street Sign
Because the windmill is tucked behind buildings, watch out for the sign.

You can visit De Koker at Oosteinde 14, 1531 KD Wormer.

For more information in Dutch, check out the following website.  

Woud Aap

De Woudaap windmill from a distance

This windmill, built in 1651, pumps water levels in the nearby field (polder). It is located in Krommenie along a long Dijk, leading into the Krommenierwoud polder. It is best visited on foot, or by bike, as you cannot drive up to this windmill.  You can also visit by boat for a different look at this windmill and the surrounding polder.   

 

While this windmill is not open to the public, it is still worth a visit. You can take a stroll along the Dijk and take truly picturesque photos of the Dutch Landscape. 

De Woudaap windmill by sluis

This windmill is located at Woudaappad 2, 1562 GW Krommenie.

West Zaan Windmills

I’ve given special mention to West Zaan as a separate section, with 3 windmills in a small distance with a 4th in construction.

Windmill Veldmuis

Het Prinsenhof

Constructed in 1722, Het Prinsenhof is a beautiful husking mill that still produces pearled barley today. It is one of the Netherlands’ last remaining working husking mills.  

 

Located only a short bike ride from the Zaanse Schans, this mill is surrounded by water and provides beautiful photos. Better yet, from April until September, this mill is open on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 14:00 until 17:00. So plan your trip wisely.

Het Prinsenhof windmill in WestZaan

You can find this mill at Relkepad, Westzaan. It is a little tricky to find the path to this windmill.

 

For more information visit the following website. 

De Jonge Dirk

Built in 1959, this mill used parts of a mill dating from 1908. This windmill is the only windmill on the list that is water-locked. This means that you cannot actually visit the windmill itself but can admire it from across the water. 


The website lists that you can arrange for a visit to the paper mill by appointment only, with the possibility of being picked up from either De Schoolmeester or Het Prinsenhof.

De Jonge Dirk windmill

For true windmill lovers, this may be worth arranging! Visit the webpage of De Jonge Dirk for more information.  

De Schoolmeester

Definitely make this windmill a top priority on your list. Built in 1692, it has worked as a paper mill. It is, in fact, listed as the only wind-powered papermill in the world currently!

 

It is definitely worth a visit, and that is possible Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 to 16:00.

It is located at Guispad 3, 1551 SX Westzaan, just a short drive from the Zaanse Schans.  

De Schoolmeester - paper windmill in westzaan

When visiting the Zaandam area, don’t limit yourself only to the windmills at the Zaanse Schans; get on a bike and explore the other sites just minutes away. You will get away from the crowds and see windmills in unique locations. 

Just be aware that not all locations are open to the public, and those that are usually have special dates and times of availability. 

De Schoolmeester paper windmill in WestZaan

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