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“Windmill Experience 15 minutes from Amsterdam”

Molen De Adriaan Museum
Ranked #2 of 88 things to do in Haarlem
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 June 2014

If you want to gain an understanding of the importance of the windmill in Dutch commercial and social history and you don't have much time, you will find a visit to the De Adriaan Museummolen in Haarlem a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
For 3 euros 50! per person you will receive a guided tour of a working windmill from a volunteer guide who is enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The windmill has been reconstructed from the ruins of a windmill which burnt down in 1932 but the site has a history stretching back to the 14th century. As is often the case, our experience with a volunteer guide - in this case, Adriaan - provided us with an insight into the subject matter that can be missing from a professional guide. Our guide had obviously invested a lot of time and love into his work and we certainly received the benefit of his effort.
Take a train from Amsterdam Centraal to Haarlem, a 19 minute ride which costs 8 euros for the round trip. The De Adriaan Museummolen is an easy 15 minute walk from the station.

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

As soon as we got off the train, we were greeted by young men outside passing out orange Pringles (we suppose to support the national voetbol team)! They had recently been to Las Vegas and shared their visit with us after they found out we live there. They pointed us in the direction of the old Plaza area and we started walking. As soon as I spied the tip of a windmill, we headed towards it. I wanted at least pictures while the sky was blue! This turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip! Our guide was incredibly into the heritage as much as the engineering of Dutch windmills. His passion oozed out and was appreciated. You can climb up at least three stories if you are up for it. We were there on a day they were educating some American (Pennsylvania Dutch?) students and they had the windmill flying at times, it was a little creepy inside! (Think Hitchcock movie or "The Moonspinners") There are scale models demonstrating everything and synced up a visit to George Washington's Mount Vernon last summer. The view from the platform is worth it alone! Really awesome for us!
BTW, don't bother with the cafe next door (no business relationship that I could tell). They will serve drinks, but spend most of their time on locals. Have a beer and a glass of wine, then eat elsewhere!!!!

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Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

I so wanted to take this tour...from across town this windmill is so picture perfect. We know this would have been excellent to visit, but we ran out of time. Don't make our mistake!!! Visit the windmill!

1  Thank SandEseetheworld
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Wonderful tour of the windmill by a volunteer guide. Spent over an hour pointing out all aspects of the mill. We were able to tour all levels of the mill. Well worth a stop.

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Reviewed 15 January 2014

Was there in Dec 2013 on a quiet Monday afternoon. The walk from Grote Market (pardon any spelling error) was so pretty and picturesque. Touring the windmill was educational and the tour guide took time to make sure we understood all that he was saying (he was just a volunteer guide but all so dedicated!).

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