On 27 April 2013 I went to the paper mill De Middelste Molen in Loenen (Veluwe). I presented myself at the reception and showed my Blogger Press Pass from VT. I payed € 5 admission fee. This price is for adults (for children between 6 and 16 years it is € 2.50, groups over 20 adults € 4.50 per person and seniors have the same price as adults; prices in 2013).
First there was a video to watch. The video explains the making of paper, how the paper mill was established and how the paper mill makes paper.
After that you will have a guided tour of the paper mill.
Here are some facts about this paper mill:
There is one paid worker (the miller). The rest are all volunteers.
Artists often ask if the paper mill can make paper for their projects.
This area produces white paper; the Zaanstreek (in the west of the country) produces coloured paper.
The paper mill started in the 1600s.
Before 1886 they used water power to get the paper mill going; after 1886 they used a steam-boiler.
To process paper you need clean water.
During the process of making paper they separate the dirty water.
In 1969 the paper mill stopped making paper (due to the laundry factories).
Around 1990 a person named Lex started to restore the paper mill. It was restored in 2004/2005.
Unfortunately Lex passed away before the restoration was complete. There is a room named after Lex: the Lexroom. This room is used by artists to make their products.
In the paper mill there are various kettles which are used in the process of making paper. All the kettles are from 1886.
There are experiments to use flax for making paper.
They also make homemade cards.
In the paper store you can buy the paper they make (i.e. asparagus paper, elephant poop paper, money paper).
Tours can be done in English and German.
If you are going there with a large group, it is better to mention this in advance. This way the paper mill can organise your visit in advance.
The story of this castle goes like this:
In the forest on the Veluwe there are the foundations of a Medieval farmhouse. Around 1557 the Mayor of Arnhem (Wijnand Hackfort) build his summer & hunting lodge at the same spot. 7 generations long the castle stayed in the family. Nowadays the castle is owned by the owner & family: Mrs Schoonderwoerd - Van Voorst van Beest and her son A.H.O. Russelman. They consider the conservation of the castle as their work life.
Every Monday in the months July, August and September there are guided tours. For information (and reservations)about these guided tours you should contact the hotel Bosoord (which is close to the castle). The phone number is +31-(0)55-5051264.