Guided Tour: Mills & More

Tour starts in Gouda
per person 25,00
  • 4 Hours
  • English - Dutch - German
  • 35 Km

Description

Mills and bikes make the world go round! Get yourself ready for this familiy- friendly and fun activity! Come and explore with us the windmills and lakes around Gouda on this half-day tour.



Route

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We start our tour in Gouda at Korenmolen “De Roode Leeuw” (the Red Lion). This windmill is the largest of the currently existing windmills in Gouda. You can imagine how it once towered over the city walls.

The next windmill is located slightly further on our way, also next to the old city wall: ’t Slot (the Castle) is still fully equipped as a corn mill but no longer in operation. In 1581, this location was the site of a first windmill, built on the foundations of the demolished castle belonging to the lords of “Ter Gouw”, as Gouda was previously known.

We continue our route along the Hollandsche IJssel river to the Haastrechtse Molen. This mill is one of the few historic polder mills with a gauntry. It was constructed in this way because the windmill had to stand higher than the dikes in order to catch enough wind. It has since been converted into a house.

Our next stop is at the Oukoopse Molen, which is a “wipmolen”. This type of windmill can easily rotate around its axis.

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We continue our journey through the gorgeous lake district of Reeuwijk. Once this was a mining area for peat, but now you will now find a breath-taking natural reserve with a rich diversity of waterfowl. This biking tour will take you through this magnificent area and cross roads where cars are not allowed.

In Bodegraven we see corn mill De Arkduif. This windmill was constructed in 1697 and in use until 1946.

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Via various scenic polder roads we return to Gouda and have our final stop at the Mallemolen, which is one of the largest polder mills in Holland. The original windmill at this location dates from 1804. This tour ends at the Market square in the centre of Gouda where we will show you the main highlights of this beautiful old town.




This tour includes
  • Bike rental (regular bike)




This tour does not include
  • Lunch, food or drinks
  • Some of the windmills are open to the public. Pending opening schedules one of the windmills will be visited. Usually this is only possible on a Saturday. An additional charge of €2 applies.



Schedule

JUNE: 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 30

JULY:  15, 16

AUGUST: 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27

SEPTEMBER: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30

OCTOBER: 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29