Molen de Distilleerketel (Distilling Kettle Mill), Rotterdam

Molen de Distilleerketel (Distilling Kettle Mill), Rotterdam

The historical landscape of Delfshaven would not be complete without a windmill. Fortunately, the neighborhood has retained one of its own – the last mill standing in the heart of Rotterdam, alongside some other pre-war buildings.

Known as the Distilleerketel (“Distilling Kettle”), this windmill was originally built in 1727 and was meant to grind malt for distilleries; hence, probably, the name. Or, perhaps, it was due to the actual structure resembling a kettle – a cylindrical 10-meter tower, made of stone, crowned with a cap.

The mill burned down in 1899 but was rebuilt, some eleven meters away from its original site. During the rebuild, though, the hull was made one meter higher, rendering the new structure somewhat slimmer than its predecessor. It was again partially destroyed by bombing in 1940 during WWII. The Distilleerketel was fully restored in 1986, attesting to which is the Latin inscription on the green-and-white decorative board: "1727-1940 MULTUORUM CIVIUM OPERA RESURREXI AD MCMLXXXVI", which means "1727-1940 THROUGH MANY CITIZENS' LABOR RESTORED IN 1986".

The Molenwinkel van Delfshaven shop, selling various flour products made at the mill, was opened in September 2018. Also on sale here are coffee, tea and treats from Virginia's Kitchen, as well as souvenirs from different regions of the Netherlands.

Tip:
To learn more about this windmill and the Dutch windmill culture, plus to enjoy a great view of historic Delfshaven and downtown Rotterdam from the upper deck, take a 15-minute tour for a small fee.

Opening Hours:
Wednesday, Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Sight Name: Molen de Distilleerketel (Distilling Kettle Mill)
Sight Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands (See walking tours in Rotterdam)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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