Acrylic Fridge Magnet Souvenir from Netherlands, Windmills
The first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Netherlands is the giant four winged establishments; the Dutch windmills. Dutch windmills are the most famous landmarks in Holland. Presently, there are more than 1200 windmills in the Netherlands, spread across the country, a major tourist attraction. Today most windmills that you are likely to see in the Netherlands are wind turbines. These turbines are used to produce electricity in an environment friendly way. The most famous windmills to visit are the mills of Schiedam and the windmills of Kinderdijk. Enjoy the historic windmills and don't forget to grab a souvenir on your way back home!
Interesting Facts about Windmills in the Netherlands
The typical Dutch windmill is known as the tower type, as it has a huge tower of stone. One of the oldest mills in Holland dates back to the 8th century. Some of the old mills have been converted into dwellings. Holland holds a "National Mills Day" once a year. In May over 600 windmills open their doors to outside visitors. Holland has over 1000 windmills; some of these windmills are still used by the inhabitants for grain grinding and water drainage. Zaanse Schans has over 600 mills formed in the 17th century, making the first industrial site in the world, while Schiedam (South Holland) has the five largest windmills in the world!
History of Netherlands' Windmills
Windmills in Holland are in existence since 1200. Before that, windmills were referred to as corn mills. At the end of the 18th century and early 19th century, people learned the application of steam power which revolutionized the economy, and windmills came into use for all the prime purposes. Windmills played an important role in the lives of Holland inhabitants. The Dutch built the windmills to drain the excess land water, saw timber and grind corn. Windmills were the backbone of the booming Dutch economy.