Amsterdam Tulips and Museums

By: Gaizka Pujana

Think of the Netherlands and there are several things that come to mind that one just HAS to see when visiting the country. These aspects include tulips, windmills, clogs and canals visions of all these are all automatically inspired when thinking of this region. The aspect of the windmill, or 'molen' as it is known in Dutch, is a common and popular feature in the Netherlands. They even have a National Windmill Day on 11th May. On this day and also on some other festive days or events, it is often customary to see the windmills dressed up for the special occasion.

Windmills of Amsterdam

Although travelers usually expect to view sites of windmills all over the Netherlands, it may come as a surprise to many tourists that there are actually 8 windmills within the city of Amsterdam. This may also be a surprising fact to some locals as well.

The De Otter windmill is unfortunately now closed to the public, even though until recently it was open. This particular windmill has suffered difficulties in operating as a regular mill due to the passage of air being blocked by surrounding neighborhoods.

Molen Van Sloten

The van Sloten windmill can be found on the outskirts of Amsterdam. This windmill was built in the 19th century and is still in use today. This mill is used to drain the surrounding polder land. This attraction is open to visitors daily between the hours of 10am and 4pm. It is worthwhile checking that your visit to Amsterdam will not fall on a public holiday or on the day of a special event, in which case the mill may be closed to the public. A special lift has been built inside the mill so that the site can be accessible to all visitors, including the disabled and the elderly.

This mill has been declared as a house of municipality which means that weddings may take place at this location. Most people would have to admit that this sounds like a special and unique spot for a marriage ceremony. A visit to the Molen van Sloten will certainly provide the visitor with an insight to Dutch tradition and heritage.

Now that you have an idea of one particular site that is worth visiting while in Amsterdam, the time has come to find out details regarding accommodation for your vacation or short break. The great thing is that all this may be arranged over the Internet. Thanks to technological advances, one may study the available tourist sites in Amsterdam and check out the various hotels, hostels and vacation rooms that are available in the requested area. You may choose and finalize a form of lodging to suit your budget online and all this information is available at your fingertips.

Tulips, windmills the touch of a button and you could be on your way to Amsterdam.

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