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General Visitors Information

The mill is open every day (except January, 1st,  April 27, December 25 and 26) from 10.00. Guided tours of the mill every day;

In the mill is an elevator to enable elderly and handicapped people to get to the first platform. Toilet for disabled available.

Ticketprices, guided tour included
   
Adults € 8,00 p.p.
Adults reduction * € 6,00 p.p.
Children 4 to 12 years € 2,50 p.p.
Groups (from 10 persons) ** € 6,00 p.p.
Familycard (2 adults + 2 children) € 18,00 p.p.
   
I Amsterdam city card, Hollandpass gratis / free
   
Guided tour through the village ** € 4,00 p.p.
 Tips 4 kids  
   
* Reduction for seniors (65+), students, reductioncoupon, North Holland Path card.
   
** Beforehand reservation requiered.
   
 
Groups must book in advance i.v. the necessary tour guides. Other times are also possible for groups on request. Reservations tel .: 020-6690412.
   

How to find us

From the Center of Amsterdam (Museumplein) via Willemsparkweg – Zeilstraat – Heemstedestraat – Plesmanlaan. Approx 5 minutes by car from the A4 and A10 motorways: follow the signs for Sloten.

Bus line 195 Station Lelylaan – Schiphol, stop Langsom; Tram lines 1 (Baden Powellweg stop) and 2 (end of the line).

For mooring tour boats and recreational craft, mooring possibilities are possible at our own jetty and along the Akersluis.

There is plenty of free parking at the mill. The mill has its own jetty.

 

The Sloten Windmill

The Sloten Windmill is a functioning draining mill and at the same time the only Mill in Amsterdam open to the public daily.

The Mill is situated in the outskirts of Amsterdam along the Ringvaart and takes care of the level of water in the surrounding lower lying area remaining below a certain level. It is a Stellingmill with an-eightsided back, rebuilt here in 1847.

The whole year along the Mill can be visited daily (except Jan. 1st, April 26th and Dec. 25 and 26).

Volunteer staff members happily explain things during conducted tours. And when possible the Miller will show how he turns the millcap to the wind, let turn the wheels or stops them or how he sets the sails in the wings.

Watermanagement

A typical dutch comprehension: watermanagement. Battle against the water, creation of land and the realisation of ports, canals for traffic and transport are activities through which the Netherlands have established themselves. The Sloten Mill for example has the task to pump the superfluous water from the lower levelled polder. The Ringvaart near the Mill surrounds the Haarlemmermeerpolder. This ancient lake has been drained by means of three big pumping-strations: the Cruquius at Vijfhuizen, de Lijnden near Halfweg and the Leegwater near the Kaag.

In 1850 this gigantic job was started. The at that time very modern pumping stations managed the work of more than 80 mills and transported the water through the Ringvaart.

The steampumping station in Halfweg is the oldest still active pumping station in the world.  It served as “boezem” pumping station (system of reservoirs) to pump the superfluous water first from the Ringvaart to the IJ (in Amsterdam) and later to the Northseacanal.   At present this is being done by modern pumping stations.

Twelve times a year, during so-called “pumping days” the old pumping station can be seen in full operation.

The Coopery Museum

In the Coopery Museum an authentic labour site was built. An audiovisual presentation shows how the wooden barrels are being made.  Barrels are used for storing, packing and transport of various products, such as cheese, fish, beer, oil and soap. Anno at present barrels are still being used f.e. for wine, whisky and cognac.

Rembrandt in the attic

Underneath the old oak beams there is an audiovisual presentation about the life of Rembrandt in 9 languages (besides Dutch, English, French, German now also Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Russian and Chinese).

Images, made after figures being shown on paintings of the millers’ son Rembrandt, accentuate the unique atmosphere.

Visit to Sloten

In this 1000 year old village Sloten, that managed to keep its pittoresque villageview, on the villagesquare there still is an old working waterpump.  Here you will also find the smallest police-station of the Netherlands and a historic fire-alarm. A little further there is a “banpole” dating from 1794 which indicated the point how far criminals were allowed to approach Amsterdam.

In 1921 Sloten was annexed to Amsterdam.