Molen 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. Plan to see Molen De Kat and other attractions that appeal to you using our Zaandam online day trip planner.
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  • In a land full of windmills, this one stands out. We had a great time learning about the factory and the paint. Recommended 
    In a land full of windmills, this one stands out. We had a great time learning about the factory and the paint. Recommended  more »
  • This is one of several windmills in a row. There are several places from outside that one can photograph it. Can get a bit cramped inside. 
    This is one of several windmills in a row. There are several places from outside that one can photograph it. Can get a bit cramped inside.  more »
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  • Super cool windmill! Loved that we were able to climb up and outside to see the windmill up close and personal! What an experience! The little shop inside offered hot cocoa for sale and it was delicious and hit the spot on a cold rainy day!
  • Long live windmills! Being the most iconic location in Netherlands, this is the place that you can hardly see locals, but tourists like me. But with such well-preserved windmills all over this place, your trip to Netherlands isn’t complete without a visit to this windmill village.

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