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Het_Prinsenhof (The Prince’s Court) spent the first 178 years of its life peeling barley. In 1899, the mill was used for the processing of coffee husks from Hamburg and Bremen for the next 20 years. At the outset of World War I, sawdust was ground to wood pulp, a raw ingredient for the manufacture of linoleum. This activity was done up to 1954, when the mill was taken over by a large barley peeling factory. In 1961, the mill was sold to the Society for 6000 Dutch guilders (3000 euro).

After a comprehensive restoration in the years after 1970, plans were drawn up to use the mill for peeling barley again and to process that to pearl barley. Het_Prinsenhof still performes that task right up until today.

Het Prinsenhof in 360 VR photos

360 VR Videotour through the entire windmill
Hoe does a hulling mill work. The answer is in this video
It is dutch spoken but has subtitles in english.

You can walk a bit further to the east, you see the paper and grinding mill from 1908 called De_Jonge_Dirk.
This mill can not be visited and is only accessible by boat.

Kalverringdijk • Zaandam • North-Holland • The Netherlands • You find us 15 kilometer north of Amsterdam along the river Zaan • Easy access by train


Peeling mill from 1722

Opening hours: April-September every 2nd Saturday of the month, 14.00-17.00

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