Sights Windmills

There are many beautiful and special windmills in the area around the Kagerplassen.



Mills are part of the polder landscape. For centuries they regulated the water level in the polders. Other mills ground the grain into flour and supplied the raw materials for our food. The Rijnland Water Board still uses windmills, although they are often assisted by electrical colleagues and nowadays also by modern, small windmills. The municipality of Kaag en Braassem is currently - i.e. a merger in which Kinderdijk is involved - the Dutch municipality with the largest number of wind turbines. Mills come in many types, sizes and types and are named for their specific characteristics. The seesaw mill, which is most common in wetland areas, is the oldest type of water mill. If the mill is painted red, then the polder council was Roman Catholic at the time of its foundation. Green seesaw mills indicate a Protestant polder administration. Anyone who wants to know more about windmills can obtain the free newspaper 'Nederland Molenland' from the tourist office, library and ANWB. Lots of interesting information about windmills. See also: and

Googher mill

On the Ringvaart between Oude Wetering and Nieuwe Wetering. This mill with thatched roof dates from 1715, is of the ground sailor type and serves as a polder mill. Completely destroyed by fire in 1833, but rebuilt because of its then indispensable function. Owned by the Molenstichting since 1972. Address: Googhermolenweg 1, Roelofarendsveen

Lady Venne mill

In 1632, “the Lady Venne” was built on the spot where it still stands today, together with a “verlaet” - a lock that bridges the level between the lower polder on the one hand and the higher canal on the other. Rebuilt in 1835, put back into use in May 1998 after restoration. Address: Leidseweg, Oud Ade

Peat mill

Located on the Wijde Aa. In the stone substructure there is a stone with the inscription “Stone located on July 6, 1830”. The superstructure dates from 1934. Like all mills in this area, the Veendermolen is a ground sailor that functions as a polder mill. Owned by the Polder Foundation since 1978. Address: Aderweg 2, Roelofarendsveen

Ghost mill

Overlooks the Braassemermeer. The “beard” of the mill shows that it was built in 1833: a ground sailor that served as a polder mill. The Mill Foundation attaches a very high value to the Geestmolen. The mill is well maintained. At the back, the wooden hull is covered with reeds, just like the hood. Address: Heiligegeestlaan, Leimuiden

Mills in Alkemade, after the merger with Jacobswoude as of January 1, 2009 in the municipality of Kaag en Braassem:

Vein Mill 1941;
ground sailor, polder mill, round stone structure.

Akkersloot mill 1793;
ground sailor, polder mill, octagonal structure, thatched.

Blue Mill 1904;
ground sail, polder mill, octagonal construction thatched.

Buurter mill ca 1800;
seesaw mill, polder mill.

Googher mill 1715;
ground sailor, polder mill, round stone structure.

Ghost mill 1833;
flour mill, polder mill, ground sailor.

Kaag mill from the 18th century;
seesaw mill, polder mill.

Mills in the former Alkemade, after the merger in 2009 with Jacobswoude, in the municipality of Kaag en Braassem:

Lijker mill 1 1780
ground sailor, polder mill, unique 12-sided stone structure!

Lijker mill 2 1780
ground sailor, polder mill, unique 12-sided stone structure!

Moppe mill 1792
ground sailor, polder mill, octagonal structure with thatched roof.

Red mill ca 1632
see-saw mill, polder mill, with so-called wolf roof (sloped rear).

Peat mill 1830
ground sailor, octagonal base of the old mill with round stone structure.

Lady Venne mill 1632
seesaw mill, polder mill, the pride of Oud Ade.

Waterloos mill 1857
ground sailor, polder mill, octagonal, thatched.

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