Beautiful Windmills Across the Globe
Collected by Adriana Yampey, AFAR Local Expert
I love windmills. When I see one, whether it's an old traditional mill or a modern one, it makes me so happy inside. Beyond their beauty they are a great and necessary invention.
2961 Kinderdijk, Netherlands
When waterways in the Netherlands freeze into glittering paths, overjoyed residents take to the ice. Visitors can buy or rent a pair of noren (traditional long-blade skates) to glide across town or take part in one of the country’s dozens of...
Ios Island Main Village,Greece Cyclades, Ios 840 01, Greece
These windmills were actually places that you could stay. I loved how they added something different to the caldera. At sunset, they became colorful. But, I was drawn to the abstract shape of the wooden arms of the windmill against the post sunset...
Papentorenvest 1A, 2011 AV Haarlem, Netherlands
Just a 15 minute train ride from Amsterdam is the picturesque town of Haarlem, complete with canals and De Adriaan windmill. You can go in (for a fee) but the best viewpoint is across the canal (and free!). As a bonus, Haarlem is a fairly compact...
2961 Kinderdijk, Netherlands
Hop on a bus in Rotterdam and you'll be transported to the past. Around 1740 about 19 sturdy windmills were built in Kinderdijk outside of Rotterdam. They have been well preserved to the present day and are even listed as a Unesco World Heritage...
1690 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
In Golden Gate Park, right off Ocean Beach, you'll find two historic Murphy windmills that have just been restored to their former working glory. The surrounding tulips and a picnic area make it a perfect pit-stop on your way to, or from, the...
9880 Almas, Portugal
Stay in one of the historic properties that have been converted into bed-and-breakfasts on the islands. Options include Moinho de Pedra (shown), a stone windmill on Graciosa Island, and Pico do Refúgio, a 400-year-old mansion in the shadow of...
Noordhollandschkanaaldijk 21, 1034 ZL Amsterdam, Netherlands
What could easily be considered an icon of Holland is becoming harder to find: The traditional windmill. While windmills can be hard to come by in Amsterdam, rent a bicycle and ride through Noord-Holland, where you'll find this traditional...
R. Cinco de Outubro 49, 7000-854 Évora, Portugal
Driving through the countryside of Portugal one can see the huge, modern wind turbines. When I saw them I longed to see the old picturesque windmills. After looking into the history of the windmills I discovered that many farmers on their quintas...
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, USA
Golden Gate Park was formed out of an expanse of sand dunes to the west of the city in the nineteenth century—a history that is still discernible in the rolling topography of much of the park’s more than 1,000 acres. Over 13 million...
2961 Kinderdijk, Netherlands
We went 2 times to Kinderdijk and loved it both times but it was freezing cold as we went in autumn so I recommend going in summer. There is allot of wind there and in fall/winter it can give you frostbite, I know :) .You can walk around and see...
Mikonos 846 00, Greece
Caught this scene, along with seventy other tourists, outside the Hotel Pelican. Chora on Mykonos is the main city on the island. The small, winding streets are easy to get lost on so make sure to set some landmarks for yourself to find your way....
1201-1299 Main St, Shattuck, OK 73858, USA
How can anyone live in Tornado Alley? If the F5 tornado that struck Moore, Okla., on May 20, 2013, stirred up some questions about this wind-blown state, then head on over for some answers. (Please bring a helmet just in case.) The Shattuck...
Kalverringdijk 29, 1509 BT Zaandam, Netherlands
When in Amsterdam, the best place to view windmills is a 15 minute train ride away in Zaanse Schans. While you're there take a few minutes and visit De Kat. The windmill used to mill paint but now is open to visitors. It might take all of your...
Noordervaart 2, 1636 VL Schermerhorn, Netherlands
The Museummolen is one of the eleven windmills left from the former windmill complex of the Schermer polder in a still almost untouched open polder landscape in the central part of North Holland. For the construction of the mills a reed covered...
This is the last place in the Netherlands where you can see windmills in their original locations. We were there in February, which meant they didn't have any up and running, but that also meant it wasn't crowded. Just joggers and walkers out on...
Darling, 7345, South Africa
This wind farm is found just outside of a little town in the Western Cape called Darling. The windmills lined up the way they are, remind me of airplanes queued up on a runway waiting to take-off. A little closer to the main part of town, you're...
Funenkade 7, 1018 AL Amsterdam, Netherlands
Unexpected surprises abound in Amsterdam. On the city's east side, you'll find one denoted by a tall windmill: Brouwerij 't IJ (the IJ Brewery), a small brewery and pub situated in the former Funen bathhouse, next to the De Gooyer windmill. Opened...
885, Taiwan, 澎湖縣湖西鄉北寮村
Taiwan’s Penghu islands are a windy place. The owner of the B&B I stayed at in Penghu is an engineer from Taipei who moved to Penghu with his family so he could windsurf more often. The wind is particularly strong in winter and spring, when I...
Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Spain
On Lanzarote, the easternmost island of the Canaries, Spanish archipelago off the northwestern coast of Africa, there’s a volcanic semi-crater that has created a dense and salty green-colored lagoon. The lagoon has grown rich with algae and the...
Zaanse Schans, 1509 Zaandam, Netherlands
On the banks of the river Zaan, time stopped three centuries ago at Zaanse Schans. In this recreation of a Dutch village in the 17th–18th centuries, stroll down streets lined with typical green wooden houses, manicured gardens and graceful...
Maulbeerallee, 14469 Potsdam, Germany
I was staying in Berlin for a few days, and the weather had turned unseasonably cold. Even though it was raining, I decided to take a break from the city and went to Sanssouci. I had been sick for a few days, but despite my worries, Sanssouci was...
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