De Gooyer Windmill

De Gooyer Windmill

Nestled between Funenkade and Zeeburgerstraat in Amsterdam, De Gooyer windmill stands at 26.6 meters, making it the tallest wooden windmill in the Netherlands and a registered National Monument. With origins dating back to the 16th century, this historic windmill has moved locations several times before settling in its current spot in 1814. It sits on the stone base of a former watermill, a unique feature that adds to its charm. De Gooyer is the last of the 26 corn mills that once lined the city walls of 17th-century Amsterdam, harnessing the ample wind from the outskirts of the town.

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The mill's design features a solid stone foundation supporting an octagonal wooden body, with functional blades that no longer operate any grinding mechanism. Though not open to visitors, it continues to captivate passersby. Adjacent to the mill is the Brouwerij 't IJ, a brewery in a former municipal bathhouse from 1911, with the windmill prominently featured in its logo. Despite significant storm damage in 1972, De Gooyer has been meticulously restored, standing today as a beautiful reminder of Amsterdam's rich milling history and a symbol of resilience and heritage.

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