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De Zoeker, Zaandam

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De Zoeker is the name of an oil windmill, located in the Zaanse Schans, Zaanstad. Its purpose is to press seeds such as linseed and rapeseed into vegetable oil. It is the only oil mill still in operation, and is one of five remaining oil mills in the area.The mill was built in 1672 in Zaandijk. The mill continued with few interruptions until 1968, when it was moved to the Schans.The mill is owned by the Vereniging De Zaansche Molen.
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  • The windmills in Zaandam were so amazing. There were a number of mills in operation in this quant little village. Our tour took us into this one which was producing linseed oil. It was amazing how lar...  more »
  • I had heard of windmills, but seeing one operational was a different experience. There are a few mills in this area, this one used to crush seed for oil. There was a fair wind so the mill was operatio...  more »
  • visit interesting and part needed for a visit as it should to zaanse schans. Go there
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  • A beautiful museum in the open air. Free to roam around and have a nice walk. Great to see so many typical Dutch items together; cheese making, wooden cloak making, sweets, windmills, wooden houses, its my number 1 place to show to my visitors from abroad. And I keep coming back for a walk myself a couple of times in the year. Great place for photography also!
  • Over 340 year old windmill is working on daily basis... not sure if it gets any holidays off or even get any paid vacation... but diligently pressing linseed to produce oil... Find out the process by the Miller himself or watch the whole daily process on video in the next room; It's amazing the ingenuity of humans, operation and history of the industrial Windmills... you may even fall in love with the fairy-tale like settings in Zaanse Schans.
  • Beautiful examples of classic Dutch windmills.
  • Great Oil mill. Inside you will find a TV with an explanation of the excellent engineering of the mill and how the oil is produced. A man doing the process is there as well.
  • Nice view, totally recommended

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