For hundreds of years, mills played a key role in Dutch agriculture. Nowadays, they are part of tourism that attracts a growing number of visitors to Holland. Windmills in the Netherlands are world famous, alongside some of their museums and tulips. Windmills in Zaanse Schands alone, welcomed over 2.2 million visitors in 2017, making them one of the top tourist attractions in Holland alongside Van Gogh museum and Rijksmuseum.
The Dutch are fond of fine art, tulips and windmills that retain the medieval charm of the countryside. Just like National Museum Weekend in Amsterdam, there is a National Windmill Day in the Netherlands that is slated to take place this year, on the second Saturday and the following Sunday of May. Come the National Windmill Day, visitors can explore windmills and watermills approximating 950 in total. In the meantime, though, explore select mills that run on wind energy through dedicated bicycle paths only in Amsterdam.
If you are into other tourist attractions, National Tulip Day in the Dam Square is set to take place on January 20, 2018. The event is courtesy those who grow tulips on Dam square. The event announces the starting of the Tulip season in the Netherlands, so it is your chance to partake in the festive occasion. Each year, the public square comes to life with colorful tulips. That is why millions peer into the tourist location in the Dutch capital; some to buy bouquets and others for sightseeing.
Tulip season in Holland starts from late March each year and stretches until May, but they are best seen midway through April. That is when the Keukenhof gardens blossom with millions of flowers including kaleidoscopic Tulips, and visitors get the chance to explore it. Keukenhof Gardens, which spans more than 32 hectares, is replete with tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils, and it opens its door to the public for up to 8 weeks during the spring.
One of the FAQs about the Dutch Capital from foreign visitors is “when is the best time to see the best attractions of Netherlands?” To answer that simply: all year, with a noted exception of tulip show at Keukenhof that gives visitors on private day tours Amsterdam during spring a chance to tip-toe through tulips. Meantime, don’t forget to explore Windmills when on tour like a native.