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The sailing school is located in the Karottenfabriek behind mill De Lelie. Where once thousands of carrots were stored for the production of snuff tobacco is now sailing school De Lelie.

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De Tuin is located in the villa that the Hioolen family had built for itself in 1867. The Hioolen family has been the owner of the entire mill complex for more than a century.

snuff and spice mills de ster and de lelie

De Ster De Ster and De Lelie at the Kralingse Plas in Rotterdam-Kralingen are the only still operational snuff and spice mills. De Ster is originally from 1829 and has been rebuilt twice after a fire. De Lelie is from 1776 and still in its original state. More about the history of the mills can be found here.

When the doors are open the mill is open for the public. With sufficient wind, the mills are also in operation. The millers are happy to explain the production of snuff, grinding of spices and the operation and history of the mills. The mills are kept in operation by volunteers.

Opening hours

De Ster and De Lelie open every second Saturday of the month from 10:00 to 16:00. There are also guided tours about the production of snuff and the grinding of spices. In addition, the windmills are also often open on Wednesdays (10: 00-16: 00) and Saturday (14: 00-16: 30). Entrance is for free but a contribution to the maintenance of the mills is appreciated and benefits the mills.

De Ster binnen

At the normal opening hours it can be busy and it is sometimes not possible to give all visitors an complete tour. It is therefore also possible to make an appointment for a guided tour. The tours are in De Ster in groups of up to 15 people and last about an hour.


At the end of 2016 De Ster and De Lelie were handed over by the municipality of Rotterdam to Stadsherstel Historisch Rotterdam NV.

The day-to-day business of the mills is in hand of the volunteers of Stichting De Kralingse Snuif en Specerijen Compagnie De Ster en De Lelie. The volunteers operate the mills, give guided tours and do small maintenance on the mills. More about the foundation, the volunteers and our future plans can be found on this link


The spices that are ground in the mill can be purchased at De Ster. Here you can find more information about the spices. The spices are for sale when the mill is open and can also be ordered by email.

Snuff tobacco


Snuff tobacco production is a national heritage, in May 2015 is the craft of snuifreder is added to the Nationale Inventary of Immaterial Heritage.

Unfortunately, as a result of the new EU regulation for tobacco, we stopped selling snuff at the end of 2016. Despite that, we can still show the production of snuff tobacco as a demonstration.

On behalf of the Kenniscentrum Immaterieel Erfgoed Nederland (KIEN) a film was made about making snuff like it was done on De Ster and De Lelie. The film provides an extensive insight into this very old production method. The film can be viewed on this link.