Thursday, September 15, 2011

Molenkade / Mill Warf

Looking to find some authentic Dutch windmills? If you're planning on visiting Alkmaar, I'd recommend getting off at the Alkmaar Noord (north) train station and taking a stroll through the Oudorperhout. The first thing you'll see is a row of windmills, hence the name of the street. Each one is operational and sometimes you can visit if there's a white flag flying.

In addition to the windmills, the area offers green pastures where cows and sheep graze and is a popular place for birds, especially herens and geese. If you listen closely, you can often hear a cuckcoo.

To get from the train station to the area is easy. Once you walk out of the entrance (not the one with bike parking), cross the street and you are there. It's about a half-hour walk to the city center.And the best way to get there is follow the main bike path until it ends near a pond, take a right and then a left on Munnikenweg (You'll see a windmill)


  1. Jeremy,

    Does the Alkmaar Noord station have OV bikes? if it does, then maybe that would be a great alternative to walking for the 30 min it takes to get to the city centre.

    Just a thought.

  2. Hey Robin. Thanks for the comment. I don't think it does. But I'm going to double check. Definitely, a much quicker and more Dutch way to do it! Hope all is well and we can get together once we're back