"2 windmilltown..." Zeddam by PeteNL

Zeddam Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 15 photos

We moved here in June 2002, and stayed for 2,5 years... not too bad to live in, though (too) quiet. It's sort of a "retirement reserve", especially for tourists - looks like the average age of visitors in most hotels is beyond 60...
But it has some nice touristy features, like the 2 windmills, one being the oldest (at least of this type) in the Netherlands. And unlike most of our flat country we have some hills and forests, main attractions for those coming here. It's an area loved by cyclists (mountainbikes) and "normal" cyclists from the region too, and they even stage cycle cross events - the World Championships have been staged here in late January 2006!
The oldest windmill may be recognised by some who know this part of the Netherlands or are interested in cycle cross, as it features many brochures and websites on the "Achterhoek" region. It's one of the oldest Dutch windmills, and one of the very few of the round "tower", stone-built "Don Quichote" style...

The second windmill is less spectacular, just 100 odd years old, and very close to where we used to live. Also the village is among those with a carnaval tradition, with a big parade with thousands of visitors, as we have experienced twice :-)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:"just" nice, great for walking, cycling; close to Germany and some big attractions
  • Cons:nothing spectacular, not much "nightlife"(if you look for that!)
  • In a nutshell:An (un) typical Dutch village with windmills!
  • Last visit to Zeddam: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated Jan 29, 2006
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  • arlequin_g's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2005 at 12:40 AM

    What a nice place. I think "Don Quijote" would had enjoyed these windmills a lot. Greetings from Barcelona!

  • themajor's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2005 at 4:23 PM

    Hmmm! Wandering around windmills and taking tea or endangering myself in a spot of motorbike racing...it's a difficult choice! But not that difficult - pass the pancakes!!

  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2004 at 2:54 PM

    Sounds like an ideal place to live.

  • dvideira's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2004 at 4:27 PM

    You live on a beautiful town. I love windmills.... the Torenmolen looks just great ! Thanks.

  • diocletianvs's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2004 at 9:50 PM

    Windmills look interesting. Surely Zeddam is worth a visit, even for those under 60 years of age ;)

  • kazander's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2004 at 1:56 PM

    Thanks for looking at my pages:) you have a beautiful hometown!

  • Daja123's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2004 at 1:18 PM

    Looks like a lovely place to live. Nice page & wonderful photos too.

  • Goldenboy's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2003 at 9:07 AM

    Ohh.. wish i could be here soon, next month :)

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2003 at 3:19 PM

    Nice place to live. Thanks for sharing.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2003 at 12:42 PM

    Nice photos and interesting comments on your hometown ...

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