De Adriaan Windmill
De Adriaan Windmill Haarlem Reviews
Interesting and informative tour Mar 12, 2010
The De Adriaan Windmill was a functional one at one time, built in 1779 and burned down in 1932. It would not be rebuilt and opened until 2002. Located along the river, it was used mainly for grinding grain rather than draining the land of water.
Now, this windmill mainly operates as a museum, and opened to tourists. But it can only be seen on a guided tour.
Inside, you get to learn some history of the windmill, and its main function to use wind as a way to provide energy, as well as draining the land of water, to provide more land to farm on. There are different types of the blades on display, and you get to see how a windmill operated. Also, you can get some nice views of the town and the surrounding area, once you step outside.
The guide gave an interesting and informative tour, so it is definitely worth checking out, if you are in town, and if time permits.
Part of the Netherlands 2010 travel blog
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