Molen de Valk
The Molen de Valk, also known as "the Falcon," is a windmill built in 1785. One of the most recognizable sites in the city of Leiden, Molen de Valk stands near the Leiden Centraal Station where visitors pass it on the way into the city. It was made into a municipal museum in 1966, with a collection of fascinating objects used in the milling process as well as tools and books from the last miller as far back as 1930.
Coming to the mill
The windmill still grinds, and you can buy whole-wheat flour ground there. The first floor is the only remaining miller's residence in Holland. Furnishings date back to 1900 in the kitchen, living room, and drawing room. The exhibition rooms, which are contained in the first and second floor bedrooms, feature an audio-visual program and the history of grain grinding, including a collection of Old Dutch objects related to the practice. Above these are the grinding loft, the stone loft, and the hoisting loft.
Visit Molen de Valk for a rush of Dutch culture
When visiting Holland, this museum and working mill in Leiden is a spot you won't want to miss. Nearby is De Bruine Boon, a café that offers superlative views of the windmill and is a great place to relax and enjoy your coffee in the sun—located just down the street from the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology). The mill is only a five-minute walk from the Leiden Centraal train station, open from 10am to 5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1pm to 5pm on Sundays and holidays. It's closed on Mondays, so be sure to structure your schedule accordingly to see all this history and culture come together in Leiden.
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