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Molenmuseum de Valk, Leiden

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Visit one of the most symbolic sites in the city at Molenmuseum de Valk, a functioning windmill dating from 1785 and a municipal museum. The museum itself displays items used in the milling process, such as tools and books. Visit the first floor to see the only remaining miller's residence in Holland, where many of the original furnishings remain. Stop to watch the video and learn about the history of grain grinding, then continue upward to the lofts to see more. In addition to learning about the history, you can also buy whole wheat flour ground on site. Arrange your visit to Molenmuseum de Valk and discover more family-friendly attractions in Leiden using our Leiden vacation route planner.
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  • The visit to de Valk was well worth the time and small price. The windmill appeared well kept for its age and it was very informative from bottom to top. Information was available in 4 languages and y...  more »
  • Nice fellow by Vista experience. Children find go up chipping but for little ones go back down is not always nice and convenient
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  • I was on my way to The Hague and got "stuck" in Leiden because of a railway issue so I set out to explore the town. Almost immediately, the molen de Valk caught my eye. I thought I could at least get ...  more »
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  • You must go. Very cool to see the old ways and the historic building. The views are awesome. All writings are available in English.
  • Enjoyed the experience of this old windmill so much. Walking up to the top with the old staircases and learning about the history of this bygone era, is an absolute must for any visitor to the Netherlands.
  • The view was great
  • If you are mechanically minded or just like a little history it's likely going to be an enjoyable experience. At 4 euro it's hard to turn down the opportunity.
  • Informative and educational windmill tour, steep ladder-stairs climb to the top, great views of the city

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A relatively small city with a big student population, Leiden caters to both long- and short-stay visitors making their plans on a limited budget. The historical city center remains the most expensive area, offering rooms in charming old buildings turned into elegant hotels. Just a short walk from this area you can choose from inexpensive lodgings in family-run inns, where cozy rooms come with private parking and free Wi-Fi. For added mobility without the extra cost, look for guesthouses that offer free bikes for use around the city.
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