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Windmills in the Netherlands

By Philippa Burne, UK, September 2012

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The Netherlands are damp. There is no getting around the fact that a large portion of the land lies beneath sea level and the Dutch needed to get very, very good at draining the earth to make it liveable. Naturally there are therefore a lot of canals and dikes to keep the water in the canals.

There are also a lot of windmills and the image of a windmill is one of the first things that springs to mind when people say: Holland, Dutch or Netherlands. Windmills, cheese and clogs. There are over a thousand still fully functioning windmills in the Netherlands. They are squat with large sails and most still need to be hand-turned to face the wind, unlike English and other windmills which have tails to steer them around.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Netherlands Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Netherlands.

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