In my opinion? You haven’t seen The Netherlands if you haven’t seen a real Dutch windmill. So, go and visit the beautifully restored flour mill De Korenaer in The Hague, city district Loosduinen.
A grinder with a view
Nowadays, De Korenaer is the only windmill within the city borders of The Hague that still really functions as a flour mill. It was (re)built in 1721, after the previous Loosduiner mill was destroyed by a hurricane. For the preservation of the construction, it is essential that the mill grinds on a regular base. That is why it is put into operation by volunteer millers during opening hours. Also, the flour mill has to catch a constant wind in order to function properly. Its immediate surrounding, called the mill biotope, has to remain free from high buildings or trees. From the mill platform you can therefore easily spot the nearby medieval abbey church, known as the oldest building of The Hague.
During your visit to De Korenaer the miller will show you around, explain to you how the windmill works and sell you flour, yeast, muesli and honey in the shop. Yeast is kind of hard to find in the average Dutch supermarket, so I am very happy I can buy it in De Korenaer mill shop.
In special cases it is possible to visit the mill outside regular opening hours. Contact the millers by email to ask for an appointment.