En – The Sloten Windmill

General Visitors Information

The mill is open every day (except January, 1st,  April 27, December 25 and 26) from 10.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m Guided tours of the mill all day long. Last tour 4.30 p.m.

An elevator is available for visitors that cannot use the staircase. Also a toilet for disabled is available.

Ticketprices, guided tour included
Adults € 8,50 p.p.
Adults reduction * € 7,00 p.p.
Children 4 – 12 years € 3,00 p.p.
Groups (10 people or more) ** € 7,00 p.p.
Family card (2 adults + 2 children 4 – 12 years) € 20,00
Tickets Holland

I Amsterdam city card, Tickets Holland

free
Membership card  (2 adults with children, 1 year free) € 25,00
Guided tour of the village ** € 5,00 p.p.
* Reduction for seniors (65+), students, reductioncoupon.
** Reservation requiered.

HOW TO GET THERE

From the Center of Amsterdam (Museumplein) via Willemsparkweg – Zeilstraat – Heemstedestraat – Plesmanlaan.

Approx 5 minutes by car from the A4 and A10 motorways: follow the signs for Sloten There is plenty of free parking near the mill, also for buses.

 Bus line 195 Station Lelylaan – Schiphol, stop Langsom; Tram lines 1 (Baden Powellweg stop) and 2 (end of the line).

 

 Boats can make use of the private landing dock of the windmill or find a spot along the Akersluis quay.

 

   Travel directions

 

THE SLOTEN WINDMILL

The Sloten Windmill is a functioning draining mill and at the same time the only windmill in Amsterdam which is open daily to the public.

The Mill is situated in the outskirts of Amsterdam not far from Schiphol Airport. It controls the water level in the western part of Amsterdam. This area is situated more than 2 meters below sea level.   The Sloten Windmill is a rebuilt mill, dating from 1847.

The whole year long the Mill can be visited daily (except Jan. 1st, April 27th and December 25 and 26).

The windmill is a non-profit organisation, run by volunteers. Knowledgeable guides will gladly  explain the working of the mill during a guided tour. And if possible the miller will demonstrate  how  the top of the mill is turned, or how to stop the mill.

Water management

Water management is a typically Dutch conception. Since 60% of the country is situated below sea level, its history is characterized by the battle against the water, the creation of land and the building of ports and canals for traffic and transportation.

The task of the Sloten Windmill is to pump superfluous water out of the lower level polder. The canal near the Mill surrounds the Haarlemmermeer polder. The former lake  was drained in the middle of the 19th century with the help of three big pumping-stations: the Cruquius at Vijfhuizen, the Lijnden near Halfweg and the Leegwater near the Kaag. At that time these were very modern pumping stations, working with steam energy. They took over the work of more than 80 windmills. They transported the water through the canal surrounding  the Haarlemmermeer.

In Halfweg you can find the oldest still active pumping steam station in the world.  It is run by volunteers who give demonstrations twelve times a year, during so-called “pumping day” operations.

The Coopery Museum

In the Coopery Museum an authentic labour site was rebuilt. An audiovisual presentation shows how  wooden barrels are being made.  Barrels were used for storage, packing and transportation of all kinds of products, such as cheese, fish, beer, oil and soap. At present barrels are still being used  for storage of wine and spirits.

Rembrandt in the attic

Under the old oak beams  in the top of the mill  an audiovisual presentation tells you about the life and works of Rembrandt, Holland’s famous painter, who was the son of a miller. The presentation is available in 9 languages (Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Russian and Chinese).

Wax figures, representing persons  shown on paintings by Rembrandt, illustrate the unique atmosphere of the 17th century.

Sloten: a glimpse of the countryside in a big city

In spite of the fact that since the beginning of the past century Sloten forms part of the city of Amsterdam, the 1000-year old village managed to keep its picturesque village atmosphere. On the village square you can see an old water pump that is still working.  Here you will also find the smallest police-station in the Netherlands and a historic fire-alarm. A little bit further, hidden behind the houses,  there is a “ban pole” dating from 1794. Such a pole was meant to  indicate the point at which criminals were banned from entering Amsterdam.

In 1921 Sloten was incorporated by Amsterdam.

WHAT ELSE TO DO IN SLOTEN?

At the Sloten Windmill you can buy a booklet with a walking tour of Sloten. For groups a guided tour of the village can be arranged (Phone +31-20-6690412)

Tip for a complete walking tour of this rural area: take tram No. 2 from the center of Amsterdam to the tram’s final stop. According to National Geographic this is one of the five best tram lines in the world. It takes you through 4 centuries of city architecture.

From the tram stop walk via a little park into the historical village of Sloten and on to the windmill. After visiting the mill continue via the  “Zwarte  Pad” along the Ringvaart canal, you can have a drink at the restored former Akermolen, now a tea house, and walk to the No. 1  tram stop  to return to the center of Amsterdam.

Around the Windmill

Immediately next to the windmill is the Brewery De 7 Deugden (7 Virtues) which sells special beers and offers tastings (reservation required)

A couple of meters past the brewery you can buy fresh farmers’cheese and biological products at  Kaasboerderij van Gerard & Tini van den Drunick.

Eat and drink:

For a typically Dutch snack:

– De Patatzaak, Langsom 5, 1066 EW Amsterdam, + 31 20 669 1868

– Arie Haring’s fish stall, on the square of Langsom.

For drinks, lunch or dinner:

– Restaurant De Halve Maen (also for groups), Sloterweg 1345, 1066 CM Amsterdam,+31 20 615 3821. Parking and landing dock available

– Café Restaurant Kerkzicht, Sloterweg 1209, 1066 CG Amsterdam,  020 615 3904

For home made ice cream: IJshoeve Sloten, Sloterweg 1335, 1066 CM Amsterdam