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The island of Texel has a couple of so called ?polders?, especially in the eastern part of the island. After the inpoldering of the polder ?Het Noorden? a new huge mill was built in the year of 1878 to drain this and a couple of other polders. But in 1913 a pumping-engine was built to drain the polders; the mill became more or less a ?spare engine? till 1923, when the mill was not used any longer.
In 1970 the mill was transferred to the association ?De Hollandsche Molen? (the Dutch Mill). Nowadays volunteers maintain the mill and the buildings and some times it is still in function. On these days it is possible to visit the (inside of the) mill.
I have seen a lot of Dutch mills, but this one is beautifully situated; just beneath an impressive dike, surrounded by water and at the edge of flat polder scenery and nature reserve ?de Bol? with a lot of water birds.
During our visit we were very lucky with a blue sky, which reflected in the surrounding ?lakes?. We had great views from the dike of the mill and the surrounding scenery. It is also possible to approach the mill itself and to walk around the building. .
Address: Stuifweg 4, 1794 HB Oosterend
Directions: 2 km's north of the village of Oosterend, along the dike of the Waddensea. On the dike is a car park.
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