The best time to visit Amsterdam windmills is in April and May. During these two months, the weather is optimal and you’ll find fewer fellow tourists on Dutch windmill tours. September through November sees fewer tourists, as well. However, it becomes difficult to predict the weather in the fall; so, layer up because the skies can change in an instant. The best time of day to visit the windmills is probably at sunrise or sunset when natural lighting is at its best. Then again, there’s something to be said about visiting when the sun is at its peak, especially if it’s a clear day during one of the shoulder seasons.
Whether you’re headed to Marken, Volendam, Zaandam, Edam, or one of the other quaint Dutch towns that are still home to a traditional windmill, chances are you can arrange comfortable, round-trip travel in an air-conditioned vehicle. But, if you’re not in the position to take a day trip from Amsterdam to the Dutch countryside, you can still see authentic Dutch windmills. And the best part is that you can easily reach them by bicycle or by using public transport.
There are eight windmills in Amsterdam namely Jozua, Zuidpoldermolen, Katwoude Windmill, Korenmolen De Leeuw, B & B ’t Zaanse Koopmanshuis Anno 1694, Jonge Dirk, Windmill de Kat, Woudaap, and Vereniging de Zaansche Molen (Zaan Windmill Society).
These were traditionally used to pump water into the river out of the lowlands so that the locals can do farming.
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