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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