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Discover the windmills!

Discover the windmills

You can see them when you walk along Flemish roads. Four wings, a wooden or brick tower, a streamlined silhouette. Today, I’m finally going to visit a windmill! A childhood dream! Are you coming?

A winged giant

I felt so small next to this winged giant. I was impressed by the wingspan, by the intricacy of the wood used to make them. The Flemish landscape is scattered with windmills, bearing witness to a lively activity in the past. The wind-struck plains are indeed favourable! Did you know that there were around twenty windmills in Cassel?

Accompanied by a guide, I entered the windmill and its narrow structure. I breathed in the warm smell of wood. I could see the cogs, the ropes. I wasn’t expecting so much technicality!

Meticulous mechanics

But, how does all this machinery work? The guide explained that the wings turn and operate a pivot. This leads to a series of wheels and gears. This sets the millstone to work, which grinds the wheat grains and produces flour.

Suddenly, I could hear creaking! The wings started moving as the guide had set them into motion. The entire windmill came to life!

Flour, flour!

I could therefore see the grains being ground. It goes through various sieves. The tighter the mesh, the finer the flour.

I left the windmill with my freshly ground bag of flour. One thing is for sure… My family are going to love it!

Windmills map

Follow the guide

Come with us

With Destination Coeur de Flandre, follow the guide! We take you to discover the mills and millers. And one thing is for sure, they turn heads!