I could not find out why these historic, beautiful windmills of Schiedam has been built? Meaning why these are so tall ... ???
Could there have been horror legends of killed people by the wings?
Or maybe these tall windmills are not that easy to conquer ... ?
Maybe the tall windmills are able to resist the raising water, reaching for its wings?
Or maybe ... there were beautiful maidens like ... Rapunzel in these old days?
Fondest memory: Well,... whenever I will hear the origins of these stories I will write these down here, for sure!
Although my family has lived in Schiedam and I used to go for a drink in the center of Schiedam in the Melody Bar I do adore these tall windmills which are the most famous of the world because of the height.
To me the tall windmills look like huge paddo's in the center of a city named Schiedam and are of a remarkable quality... an utmost fine one!
And a PS >>>
Thanks to mr. Wim Van Zon who wrote >>>
The mills were built so high to catch the wind above the houses of the city. Because of the high warehouses in the centre the windmills of Schiedam are the highest in the world. No horror, pure necessity
This building was constructed in 1859 to serve as a school for the community of Oud- and Nieuw-Mathenesse. This community was split between Rotterdam and Schiedam in 1867. The wapenshield of this community can still be found avove the entrance door.
It is a good stop to begin your wanderings through Schiedam.
Fondest memory: The address of the tourist office is Buitenhavenweg number 9
As always the thing to do if you want to see the highlights of a place. And Schiedam has a historical town tour available that will get you around the most attractive buildings and sights.
For 2,25 euro (prices 2004) you can pick the description up at the tourist information.
The tour starts on one side of the Lange Haven (Long Port) and ends on the other side almost in front of the Jenever Museum which makes for an excellent ending.. .
I hadn't been in Schiedam for years, else then visiting the shopping center. Since we walked through the historic center of Schiedam we learned how much of history has been saved in Schiedam. Not only the windmills but also historic bridges and houses.
When you walk to certain parts of Schiedam you can feel like you have stepped to a time portal.
Fondest memory: The National Windmill weekend, the weather was nice so all the extra events came out very well. Been in the mills, museums and watched people carrying out old crafts.
We will certainly go there again next year.
Pictures taken May 10, 2003
Translation of an excerpt of mentioned website to follow.
Schiedam acquired city rights in the 13the century.
The industries through the centuries include:
- organ building
- cork production
- bottle production