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“Must see in Leiden”

Molenmuseum de Valk
Ranked #1 of 65 things to do in Leiden
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Owner description: Visitors to the Valk Windmill learn about the history, life, skills and techniques of the 18th-century Dutch miller.
Oakham, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Must see in Leiden”
Reviewed May 8, 2014 via mobile

Having been to Leiden and viewing this magnificent windmill from the outside many times one day we took a venture inside.

It was a lot more spacious than expected and the museum was very informative.

Downstairs you see how the people who operated the mill used to live before heading upstairs to see how the mill itself used to operate.

There is an interesting video to see about the variety of uses of windmills and some interesting displays about exactly how many windmills used to be in Leiden. Amazing quite a lot more than there is already!

Also it's great to go on a nice day where you can go to the platform and take photos of Leiden and the sails.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Jamie P
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Meridian, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great windmill tour”
Reviewed May 7, 2014

This is a great windmill that you get to walk in and tour. There's a "balcony" level to walk around outside and get great views of the town. There aren't many windmills that offer tours, and certainly not many that are this large! This is a great stop and a must see!!!

Visited April 2014
2 Thank kstucker
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Must visit: How does a Windmill work ?”
Reviewed May 3, 2014

How can a visit to Holland be complete without a seeing a windmill from the inside ?! Be Aware there can be some steep narrow stairs, but absolutley amazing to see how all was constructed. Wood seems to be much stronger then expected! I got some respect in regards to forces generated by wind. Great place to visit and a large public parking is right next to it. Also a good Point to explore the very nice City of Leiden from there.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Peter H
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Must see”
Reviewed April 29, 2014

When going to the Netherlands you should visit a windmill so i suggest to go to Leiden 40 mins from Amsterdam easily reachable by train you can also a quite lunch in the market. 4 euros entry fees and some stairs to climb so be ready to workout

Visited April 2014
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“Awesome and informative!”
Reviewed April 9, 2014

The windmill was only €4 entrance fee, yet there was lots to see inside! it's bigger than you could imagine, and you can explore every part of the windmill, even outside onto the stage to see the turbines turn! It's quirky, interesting, and a nice little 'Dutch' experience! If you would like to read more about Valk Windmill and other attraction in Leiden, visit my blog! I've been living as an expat in the Netherlands for 7 months now and have been recording my experiences since early on.


Visited February 2014
1 Thank funkysheep
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