Molen De Kat, Zaandam

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De Kat is the only remaining working windmill in the world which makes paint. The mill is in the Zaanse Schans, Zaanstad.
The original mill 'De Kat' was built in 1646 as an oil mill. In 1782 the mill was destroyed by fire but the mill was rapidly rebuilt again. The mill was in use until 1904 and then was partially demolished.
In 1960 the eight-sided paint mill 'De Duinjager' was removed from its former position owing to urban development and placed on top of the old storehouse of 'De Kat'. The mill is again grinding raw materials such as chalk to make pigments for paints in the traditional way. The mill is owned by the Vereniging De Zaansche Molen. Plan to see Molen De Kat and other attractions that appeal to you using our Zaandam online day trip planner.
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  • A special family, with great attention to detail, with a performance of impeccable service. I drank a hot, fragrant chocolate that reminded me of my childhood. 
    A special family, with great attention to detail, with a performance of impeccable service. I drank a hot, fragrant chocolate that reminded me of my childhood.  more »
  • this place is amazing and it will give you a new experience in traveling. I visited this place two times and I will have a third time if I got the chance. 
    this place is amazing and it will give you a new experience in traveling. I visited this place two times and I will have a third time if I got the chance.  more »
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  • Short ride from Amsterdam via a train. Nice place to see windmills if you have a few hours. If you have a full day and a car I recommend visiting Kinderdijk near Rotterdam for largest windmill area in Netherlands.
  • Long live windmills! Being the most iconic location in Netherlands, this is the place that you can hardly see locals, but tourists like me. But with such well-preserved windmills all over this place, your trip to Netherlands isn’t complete without a visit to this windmill village.

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