Meet the windmills
The first windmills were invented in antiquity, but it was the Dutch who really hit it off with this wooden giant. In a flat country, where the wind always blows, windmills sprouted from the ground like mushrooms. They were used to mill, saw, pump and press. The production of boards, paint, oil and paper, as well as bread and mustard – among other things – depended on windmills and wind. In addition, windmills were used to pump the water out of lakes and to keep reclaimed land dry.
Historically, windmills in Holland served many purposes, draining the wetlands being first.Read More
Holland still has over 1,000 historic vertical mills, more than any other country.
Windmills in Holland have harnessed the power of the wind for centuries.Read More
Visit millers and help turn the sails of hundreds of Dutch mills.Read More