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Verfmolen 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.
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  • Go back in time - When machineries are operated by windmills. Experience the culture even just a few hours. Better go there early so you can take nice pictures with less people in the background. It i...  more »
  • A real working windmill that you can climb up to the top. Lovely smell, creaking boards, such a wonderful piece of history. Entrance is 4 Euro and worth every cent.....special place.  more »
  • This windmill is a beauty - and (quite unbelievable) it is still operational ! Surely, if you have time, you should get inside and visit the Kat.  more »
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  • A very traditional windmill still working. You can still see how people used to work inside of the structure. Besides you can enjoy a spectacular view of Zaanse Schans from its balcony.
  • A must have experience in Holland. See inside and go to the upper deck for a view.
  • A jump in the past and in the original windmill history. Nice view on the top of the windmill
  • Wonderful place. It is like to be in a book.
  • The place is nice but the entry fees is expensive as there is nothing deserve the money you pay to access the mills but overall the location is nice