Welcome to Molen De Adriaan

Your stay in Haarlem would not be complete without a visit to De Adriaan windmill, a smock mill charmingly located in the city center on the bank of the river Spaarne. If there is a miller present, you will see the windmill in action. You can only visit the Adriaan windmill under the supervision of one of the guides. A guided tour takes around 45 minutes.

In the mill, you will be introduced to the age-old technique of converting wind into productive energy. You will find a lot of information about windmills in general, and about the Adriaan in particular.

We look forward to seeing you in Molen De Adriaan in the future!

About the Mill

On the ground floor is a shop where you can buy tickets, coffee, tea or bottled water and cookies, mill souvenirs, postcards and printed information about windmills and De Adriaan.

Ground floor

On the ground floor is the reception area with the possibility to buy souvenirs. On the semicircular back-wall you can see the Panorama of Haarlem set around 1800, painted by Chiel Braat recently.

First floor

On the 1st floor, visitors can watch videos about windmills in general, and the Adriaan windmill in particular.

Second floor

You will find our permanent exhibition on the 2nd floor. The story of Dutch windmills is told by means of beautiful, detailed, models.

Third floor

On the 3rd floor you will find a man-sized model of the Adriaan windmill. With a hand mill you can also try to grind grain yourself!

Fourth floor

Here you can go outside onto the large wrap-around balcony. There you can enjoy the beautiful view over the city of Haarlem and the river Spaarne. This floor was used to store the milled flour.

Fifth floor (the millstone floor)

Several times a week the windmill blades turn and then a large vertical wooden shaft with a large gear wheel above your head rotates. Regularly the mill stone set is connected to this main shaft so that flour can be milled.

Molen de Adriaan is looking for volunteers

Like many institutions The Adriaan windmill is also dependent on volunteers. However, there is always some turnover, so there is a regular spot for new energetic volunteers who want to receive and guide the guests.



  • EmOnTheGo

    What a great tour we had of the windmill. Loekin our guide was delightful and she seemed to really enjoy telling us about the workings of the windmill and some history. The view from the top is lovely and we were lucky enough to be there when the windmill was running - what a treat.

  • Zahava L.
    Zahava L.

    Brilliant attraction. Staff and guide very friendly and the interior of the mill is well designed as a museum.

  • Stuart F.
    Stuart F.

    We had a guided tour, in English, that proved insightful and interesting. The tour provides insights into windmills across the Netherlands. Be prepared to climb ladders and step out onto the platform on which millers set the windmill's sails. Our visit was one of the highlights of our time in the Netherlands.

  • Michael B.
    Michael B.

    I was truly amazed at all the detail of work that goes into designing and building this wonderful structures.Great Euro 3.50 invested in the tour.

  • Simsu66

    We visited Haarlem as a day trip from Amsterdam and whilst there we visited the windmill. The tour is really interesting and undertaken by a really knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide with an obvious passion for the windmill, its workings, and sharing this with her visitors. The tour is also excellent value and if you are in Haarlem I highly recommend...