The famous windmill, borrow 50 cent, then throw the money into the machine and the mill will start moving its wings.
There is lots of info on VT about this windmill and I'm too lazy to write more about it ;-)
Zons feels a bit out of place if one looks toward the horizon and sees the chimneys of the chemical industry in the nearby town of Dormagen, to which Zons today belongs. Many chemical companies are situated here on the left and right side of the Rhine River.
Zons is situated along the Rhine River that passes from Switzerland through Germany to the Netherlands. It is a busy river with many ships passing by. During the late spring, summer and autumn one can also pass by Zons onboard of day cruise boats.
The alliance between the Bishop of Cologne was made clear with the presence of the church within the town walls of Zons. The Bishops cross is one of the signs still left of the ‘relation’ of the inhabitants to nearby Cologne.
In the year 1577 customs differences between the inhabitants of Zons and the Bishop of Cologne Salentin a pig war broke out. But the differences were won by the citizens of the town of Zons and today the pig fountain remembers these days of unrest.
The solid Southern Gate gives one the impression of how important this little town was during the medieval times. The massive fortifications are still in tact and today are the entrance to the open air theatre.
The Northern Gate is where most visitors would enter through. The main watch tower, a church and a narrow street lined with half timbered houses is the scene that one discovers when entering the town.
Along the Eastern Fortification Wall one still can see two original watch towers which are commonly known as the Pepper Boxes. Those originate from the 14th century and are the only ones in this style of building in the entire Rhineland.
The historical Windmill of Zons is along the Southern town wall and originates from the 15th century. However the windmill was changed to a Dutch type mill in 1694 and also operated until 1909. In 1965/66 the windmill was renovated to its present glory. And if one wants to operate the mill one simply throws in a 50 Euro cents piece and the wings rotate.
The mill wasn´t a mill ever. In medieval times it was one of the watch towers......... At the beginning of the 20th century it was rebuild to a mill, but an orkan destroyed the wings in 1909.
Fortunately it was reconstructed in the 1960´s, and today you can make it turn by throwing in 50 cents - a tourist trap??? Well I did it and I liked it...
Usually you can go inside the mill , but when we have been there, the guide was ill and not available, so all we could do is to make it turn....;)
On the right of this pic you can see the Chapel of the holy trinity, build in 1860. I think it´s quite unusual to build the entrance to the outside of the fortress walls.....what do you think?
On the left you can see the old customs house.....an in the middle you see the Rheintor.
Most visitors will enter the fortress through the Rheintor, cause it´s the closest to the pier where the boat from Düsseldorf arrives and it´s also the closest to the huge parking you find in front of the town.
My favourite area of Zons is around the city walls. There are some quiet lanes along the wall with a wonderful old times atmosphere.
The funny thing about the old windmill of Zons is that you can throw 50 cent into a box and it starts to turn for a while. A nice tourist trap :)
One of the two churches in the town centre is the St. Martinus Roman Catholic Church. The church is situated right in the old historical town centre.