Pre-Tour "Highlights of Holland"








The pre-tour started on the evening of Tuesday May 29th, 2007, and ended on Saturday June 2nd, 2007, after breakfast.


The tour had Holland’s struggle with the sea and the polder creation process as a main theme as well as industrial milling in the Dutch Golden (17th/18th) Century. It took the participants to some of Holland’s most famous, impressive and ancient “must-see” mills, mostly situated below sea level.


The tour began in Alkmaar and ended at the symposium hotel in Putten. Mill friends who had visited some of these mills before, experienced during this tour what the difference is between an individual visit and a specially prepared tour!


Schedule: (still subject to alteration)

Tuesday     May 29th

arrival; registration (3.00 - 6.00 pm); dinner and introductory presentation (6.30 pm); hotel in Alkmaar.


Wednesday May 30th

(after early wake-up call) the wind-powered drainage system (drainage mills) of the 17th  century Schermer polder below sea level, including museum; Zaansche Schans (oil/paint/saw mills and mill museum, historical village); hotel in Kinderdijk/Alblasserdam


Thursday    May 31st

world's largest cornmills in Schiedam; related distillery museum; working spice & tobacco windmills in Rotterdam; evening boat tour with a view of the 19 mills of UNESCO World Heritage Kinderdijk site; hotel in Kinderdijk/Alblasserdam


Friday       June 1st

visit of Kinderdijk mills and museum and 17th century former office building (with beautifully decorated and furnished rooms); hollow post drainage mill and working diesel pumping station at Langerak; post mills on city ramparts of Heusden; dinner and accommodation at symposium hotel Mooi Veluwe (Putten)


Saturday   June 2nd

end of pre-tour after breakfast



Optional Excursion to the Netherlands Open Air Museum

Saturday June 2nd, from 09.00 am to 4.00 pm; here the participants had the opportunity to visit the Open Air Museum in Arnhem.







Last update: April 29th, 2012