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Molenmuseum de Valk

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Address: Tweede Binnenvestgracht 1, Leiden, The Netherlands
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+31 71 516 5353
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Visitors to the Valk Windmill learn about the history, life, skills and...

Visitors to the Valk Windmill learn about the history, life, skills and techniques of the 18th-century Dutch miller.

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Fascinating and well presented windmill. Steep staircases so be prepared to climb up and down. Loads of information and an excellent view from the platform of Leiden as well as... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gabrielle A
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating and well presented windmill. Steep staircases so be prepared to climb up and down. Loads of information and an excellent view from the platform of Leiden as well as a close look at the sails as they whizz by.

1 Thank Gabrielle A
Pune, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely stunned to see this historic and old windmill. I never knew windmills are so huge on the inside too! The ground floor has the small house in which the miller lived, with all things intact. The upper floor have various tools on display, while you see the various parts of the windmill in motion from the inside. A bit... More 

1 Thank Anshuman2707
Stephentown, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this listed in a tour book and it sounded just quirky enough to try out when we switched buses in town. It turned out to be a destination - the museum itself is really interesting and easily takes an hour or more to visit, but it's located on the canal in a lovely area - we picnicked nearby.... More 

Thank Kim M
Prince George, Virginia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

I'm a mill freak, so I love this place. Lots of history, good exhibits, friendly staff and cheap entry fee. Must see if you're into windmills/

Thank Charles B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Come here if you want to taste a bit of Dutch culture! You can take a look of how wind mill work, you can visit the house (people used to live in the first floor of the windmill!), you can go upstairs and reach the top and see Leiden from there! It's interesting because there are explanations everywhere about how... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 482 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

There are historic wind mills all around Holland but I found this huge mill very interesting. In great shape and a wonderful self guided tour. Definitely worth the visit. The only downside, lots of construction outside which made photography challenging

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Very informative tour of the windmill of Leiden and the history of windmills in general. Combining a video explaining the history as well as displaying the components that make up the moving parts of the windmill and also a display of what the living quarters also looked like. Well worth a visit, but only if you can manage ladders!

Thank cwright1989
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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

We were staying for a few days in Amsterdam, but got the train out here as I remembered the windmill was good from a couple of visits with my parents in the early 00's. It didn't disappoint. A well kept exhibit which allows you to explore virtually the whole mill. Decent view over Leiden from the balcony and interesting history... More 

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Reviewed 14 February 2017

There is plenty to be seen on this tour, which is excellent value for money. A short video presentation on one of the floors was an unexpected bonus. Beware the steep stairs if you are unsure of height or ladders, otherwise it is a must see.

1 Thank Alan M
Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

This is a well preserved place and interesting things are abound when inside. Careful going up and especially down the ladders on the top floors if you are a bigger person like me. Good view from the top though, and it is worth the climb. I didn't find the staff to be particularly friendly in me walking in the door.... More 

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