The Windmills of Schiedam
Schiedam is the place to be if you want to see the largest windmills in the world. With heights up to 33 meters, these giants are hard to miss. The windmill ‘De Nieuwe Palmboom’ (The New Palm Tree) is also a museum that can tell you everything there is to know about the history and purpose of the windmills of Schiedam.
Purpose of the Mills
In the 18th and 19th century, Schiedam became the jenever capital of the world. The windmills played an important role in the production of jenever as they grinded the main ingredient; grain.
Only five of the original twenty windmills survive: ‘The Whale’, ‘The Three Cornflowers’, ‘The Freedom’, ‘The North’ and ‘The New Palm Tree’. A sixth mill ‘De Kameel’ (the Camel) was rebuild in 2011.
Schiedam: Jenever and Mills
Schiedam is home to the largest windmills in the world and the Jenever Museum. Spend an afternoon in Schiedam to visit these typical Dutch icons. The local tourist information office (VVV) can tell you about the best walks through town.