A tour at the 4 windmills can be done with a minimum of 8 persons after an appointment.Or come to see the windmills at the national milling day on the second saturday in may or the national monumentday on the second saturday in september. (see the website of the dutch milling association for more details)The tour is done by the miller of windmill...more
Because the village Aarlanderveen was entirely surrounded by water, after digging to deep for turf, the authorities decided to begin milling the polders dry. The water was to dangerous. And because of the lack of money coming from the water the people were leaving the area.They first built 3 windmills and when it turned out the deepest point...more
After a walk around Aarlanderveen or during a bicycle tour in the region there is nothing better than koffie met appelgebak at Het Oude Rechthuis.
You can also have other drinks ofcourse, it is just the ideal place for a break.
Although Aarlanderveen has this beautifull station building (1913) there has not been a train since people can remember (at least since we know). There are no tracks left, so it is not likely trains will come here soon. Today the station is used as a house where people live. If you like to live here, it is for sale !(summer 2003)
So you are better of waiting for the bus. A Conexxion bus (line 147) passes over de N231 on its way to either Alphen a/d Rijn or in the other direction to Amstelveen.
It took the people of Aarlanderveen a lot of effort but since a few years they have a small supermarket again. Being a small village the shop is not very profittable and no one wanted to be shopkeeper here. Afraid of becoming a ghost town the people started campaiging. And the municipality Alphen a/d Rijn heard their cries for help. They helped the shopkeeper with low prices for the ground and the building. Now you can buy groceries in Aarlanderveen and the people are not longer depending on their big mother city.
Millers do have a lot of time on their hands. When the windmills is working they have to stay near it and watch out for it. But if the winddirection doesn´t change, or the strength, they can just watch and wait.If, by any chance, you start a conversation it will take a long time, especially when you are from a place where they have windmills. This...more
Aarlanderveen is a small village where all people know eachother and are very active in local associations. The Oranjevereniging (orange union) is one of the examples.Originally a group of people who organised a nice day for the whole family at Queensday (30 april), is now also organising a party week in summer. And year after year it is a great...more
A dutch saying: Hij heeft een klap van de molen gehad. (he has gotten a smack from the windmill) It means: he is crazy.
But in Aarlanderveen the danger is real, do keep out of reach. The part where the windmill is turning is normally blocked by a red- and white guardtape, or fence.
The miller of windmill 4 must have been a bit uncarefull, judging his broken glasses......
Want to watch a game of sport?Soccer is the word in Aarlanderveen, with the fancyname: v.v. Aarlanderveen, the soccerclub plays its games at Sportpark ‘Polderpark’, Aarlanderveenseweg 1 Games of the first team are in the 5th division of the KNVB West II. Games are played on saturday, normally in the afternoon around 14:30. But the entire saturday...more
The green hart of Holland is a great place to make a bicycle tour. Different tours are availlable. But you can also buy a map and see for yourself. But don´t miss Aarlanderveen. The 4 windmills are a must see, and the coffee at the Oude Rechthuis is just right.... Bring your own bike or rent one at the station in Alphen a/d Rijn.more
Aarlanderveen is just a small village we pass very often on our way to Alphen a/d Rijn or to the Rotterdam area.
It looks like nothing special, only the peculair tower of the church raises questions. But when, after years of just passing, we went to see the church it turned out it was built in 1905. Not very old for dutch standards.
The church is not open for tourists.