Windmills At Zaanse Schans In The Netherlands

Windmills At Zaanse Schans In The Netherlands

After taking two days to tour the fields where tulips are cultivated, and to revel in the show of spring flowers at Keukenhof Gardens, it was time to make our way to the village of Zaanse Schans to view the large collection of windmills that still stand there in the Netherlands.  Back in the 17th and 18th centuries, Holland had over 10,000 windmills; today, that number has dwindled to near 1,000.  Most of the 10,000 original windmills were used to power industries,  but that ended with the industrial revolution.  Those that survived were either grinding grain or draining fields out in the country. Read more