The Netherlands is renowned for windmills and you don’t have to go too far to get your windmill fix. Try visiting some of our favourite ones…

In Amsterdam:

Molen van Sloten

Only a 20-minute cycle from Hoofddorpplein, you can visit Molen van Sloten. Open daily (except major holidays) with special guided tours for kids ages 6+. Children 3 and under free. 

De Gooyer

Although you cannot go inside this windmill, it is centrally located in Amsterdam Oost. Enjoy a drink next door at café Langedijk, or a beer at Brouwerij ‘t IJ.

De Riekermolen

Just south of Amstelpark is nicely preserved windmill next to Amstel river. Interior visits are not possible, but it makes for a picturesque stop during a bike ride along the river. 

Day Trips:


A little further afield in Rotterdam is Kinderdijk which allows you to visit many windmills in just one place. There is a cozy cafe there as well. Children 3 and under free. Car recommended. 


If it is flower season then visit the Keukenhof to see a windmill and admire lots of tulips. Check website for opening hours and cost. 

Molen van Adriaan

One of Haarlem’s top sights, with demonstrations on Saturdays (weather permitting). Children 3 and under free. 

Zaanse Schans

If you want to see working windmills up close in a little village, then Zaanse Schans is a fun day trip. Easily accessible by public transport in 45 minutes, your family and friends will love to explore this charming place. In addition to the windmills, you can also find small museums on diamonds, cheese, and clogs, plus a cute little old-fashioned Albert Heijn store. The pancakes at the restaurant are also recommended by one of the mamas!

Photo credit: John Morgan via Flickr cc

Simone Davies

Simone Davies is the owner and directress of Jacaranda Montessori Playgroup. As well as being a mama of 2 children, Simone provides a Montessori environment for parents and babies and also hosts courses and workshops.