De Kat is the only remaining working windmill in the world which makes paint. The mill is in the Zaanse Schans, Zaanstad.Plan to see Molen De Kat and other attractions that appeal to you using our Zaandam online day trip planner.
The original mill 'De Kat' was built in 1646 as an oil mill. In 1782 the mill was destroyed by fire but the mill was rapidly rebuilt again. The mill was in use until 1904 and then was partially demolished.
In 1960 the eight-sided paint mill 'De Duinjager' was removed from its former position owing to urban development and placed on top of the old storehouse of 'De Kat'. The mill is again grinding raw materials such as chalk to make pigments for paints in the traditional way. The mill is owned by the Vereniging De Zaansche Molen.
Molen De Kat reviews
this place is amazing and it will give you a new experience in traveling. I visited this place two times and I will have a third time if I got the chance. more »
We ended up in this windmill during a stormy day so it was mostly for ourselves. The structure remains almost as its origins and it's very interesting to see. If you are curious about mechanisms... more »
De Kat - The only working paint and dye mill in the whole entire world. It is amazing. You can see the paint and dye being made and explore the levels of the windmill and see the moving machinery. When me and my family came, we bought a combo ticket for the windmill. It is about €5 admission for adults and €2 admission for under 17 s. Photos can be taken. The paint and dye produced can be bought from the shop as well as other items. There is a balcony where there are amazing views. I am amazed and satisfied with this visit and recommend going. It is also free with the iamsterdam card
Visit a piece of art history. Fascinating to experience the birth of the reds, blues and yellows that have shaped European Art over the years. A great, working mill with an interesting story. Definitely worth a visit.
Build a tripTell us where and when you
want to go, we will build
the best sightseeing itinerary
Refine itYou have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
Book as a packageUse our travel agents to get
package savings and hassle free booking
Enjoy your trip!Enjoy our 24x7
Popular things to do in Zaandam
Side trips from Zaandam
Hidden gems in Zaandam
Museums in Zaandam
Nearby attractions in Zaandam
Historic Sites in Zaandam
Trips to Molen De Kat by other users
59 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Palermo Agrigento Rome 1 day in Zaandam & Zaandijk BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS Zaandam Zaandijk 59 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Palermo Agrigento Rome 32 days in Amsterdam BY A USER FROM ISRAEL Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum Mozes en Aaronkerk Tassenmuseum Amsterdam 2 days in Alkmaar BY A USER FROM FRANCE Alkmaar cheese market Kissing Cheesegirl Grote Sint Laurenskerk 1 day in Zaandam BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS Hembrugterrein Zaans Museum Molen De Kat