Private Day Tours / Windmill Tours
If you'd like a special day out for your family on your visit to The Netherlands you should consider our private day tours.
Windmills are iconically Dutch and we're proud to say that we've come to know some wonderful windmills and their windmillers. These are not the over-exploited windmills of the kitschy Zaanse Schans, but little-visited windmills run by genuine windmillers and sometimes a small corps of local volunteers.
The majority of the windmills we know are in idyllic countryside and within touching distance of some beautiful, unspoiled Dutch towns. We can build a day tour that is centred around one of these windmills and which will encompass a nice variety of activities and sights.
Of the others, one is in the lovely medieval city of Haarlem and the other is in a rather humdrum area but has an amazing history that is connected to the American Declaration of Independence.
Giethoorn, Haarlem, Naarden, The Hague, Enkhuizen, Lisse/Keukenhof, Utrecht, Vinkeween and Delft...
We have been to all of these towns and cities, and some we know better than others. If you're interested in including any of these in a day tour we're happy to let you know how much value we feel we can add to your day.
We're also happy to go to any destination not mentioned above on a day tour or part of a day tour but our knowledge will be limited.
History of dutch windmills
From about the 1550s onwards the Dutch built about 10,000 windmills. Half of these were used as pumps, and half for industrial purposes. The advent of steam power did for the Dutch windmill.
Windmills kept dutch feet dry
The Dutch have a phrase that they're very fond of, referring to how windmills helped "keep their feet dry." Dams and dikes and the water channels that you see cut into the Dutch countryside also played their part... But windmills are belle of this particular ball.
Present day winmdills
Only about 1000 of the original 10,000 mills remain. In about the 1920s, the Dutch realised they were losing their heritage and from that point on they set about restoring them.