AROUND & ABOUT
Only five of the original twenty windmills survive: ‘The Whale’, ‘The Three Cornflowers’, ‘The Freedom’, ‘The North’ and ‘The New Palm Tree’. A sixth windmill ‘De Kameel’ (the Camel) was rebuild in 2011. De Nolet was built in 2006 by the Nolet Distillery to power their brewing factory which produces the world famous Ketel One vodkas and gins.
Purpose of the Mills
In the 18th and 19th century, Schiedam became the jenever capital of the world. The windmills played an important role in the production of jenever as they grinded the main ingredient; grain. Only five of the original twenty windmills survive: ‘The Whale’, ‘The Three Cornflowers’, ‘The Freedom’, ‘The North’ and ‘The New Palm Tree’. A sixth mill ‘De Kameel’ (the Camel) was rebuild in 2011.
Schiedam: Jenever and Mills
Schiedam is home to the largest windmills in the world and the among others the Jenever Museum. In the 18th and 19th century, Schiedam became the jenever (Dutch gin) capital of the world. The windmills played an important role in the production of jenever as they grinded the main ingredient; grain. Spend an afternoon in Schiedam to visit these typical Dutch icons. Your host can give you all the information you need!
The second largest city in the Netherlands. There is so much to see and do in this town! And don’t forget to dive in its history because it is a very rich one. The historic city center was completely destroyed in 1940 but it has been build up with the architectural ideas of all decades since. There is so much to discover in this multi cultural town! Ask your host or visit the website of the Rotterdam Tourist board for all the information you need.
Rotterdam is a city with many faces; a tough port city, trendy entertainment city, upscale shopping and hip artists city. But Rotterdam is above the architectural capital of the Netherlands, where renewal is central and the skyline is constantly changing.
You can go either way between the skyscrapers of Rotterdam. Go shopping, eat great food and visit plenty of museums and attractions in and around the center.
The most famous museums and two of the most innovative museums in the Netherlands, the Boijmans van Beuningen and the Kunsthal, are situated in the Museumpark in Rotterdam. You will also find more museums and exciting attractions such as the Euromast, Hotel New York, the Harbour and the ss Rotterdam. As if the cultural offer is not enough, the city also has a large and diverse range of shops. Do not forget to visit the recently opened Markthal!
The most exiting way to travel to Rotterdam is by Watertaxi. It brings you within fifteen minutes to the very heart of the city. The trip form the stop Schiedam-Zuid to Hotel New York or the Erasmusbridge costs about € 30,- (2 persons). You will find more info at www.watertaxirotterdam.nl
A nice stroll
Via the oldest town park or the Netherlands (1767) you pass the Distillery of Nolet as well as the Nolet windmill.
Watertaxi Halte Schiedam-Zuid
Back with public transport
Your return trip can be made again with the watertaxi but you can also hop on the tram or metro. You are never far away from the Schiedamse Suite by foot from the tram and metro stations.
Delft is only 20 minutes away from the Schiedamse Suite. In the beautifully preserved historic centre of Delft you will have a great experience with the rich history of the city. When you think of Delft, you think of Delftware – and that is no surprise when you consider that Delft ceramics have been an important export product for more than 400 years. But there is more than that. Beautiful canals with even more beautiful town houses. The Old Church with its leaning tower, the New Church with the graves of William of Orange and the royal family. Since Delft houses a large technical university the city is full of students and nice restaurants and bars. You will experience Delft as a very lively city.
Dordrecht is enclosed by rivers. The city has more than a thousand monuments, historical inner-harbors and a great vibe. A walking route, named ‘Rondje Dordt’, leads you along all the church ‘Grote Kerk’, the former monastery ‘Het Hof, museum ‘Huis van Gijn’ and numerous antique stores.
Highlights of Dordrecht
Dordrecht owes its wealthy past to its strategic location along three rivers, including the river Meuse. Today you can still sense these prestigious times as you walk through the city. Besides the beautiful inner-harbors, monuments and streets you should spend some time at the Dordrechts Museum. This museum has a superb collection of old masters and is often called the paintings museum. Other highlights are the former monastery ‘Het Hof’, and the amazing interior of ‘Huis van Gijn’. The latter has also won some prestigious awards.
The best way to discover Dordrecht is by foot, but you can also enjoy the view from water if you take a boat trip. You can also combine your visit to Dordrecht with the nearby National Park De Biesbosch. Last but not least, Dordrecht hosts one of the largest book markets of Holland and the largest Christmas market. Check at the local tourist information office (VVV) when these events take place.
The Hague (Den Haag)
The Hague is one of the most extraordinary cities in Holland. Not just because it is our government city, but also because of its many monuments, historic districts and its location near the beautiful North Sea coastline. The Hague is also known as ‘the Royal City by the Sea’ and is called ‘the residence city’.