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Welcome to the windmills

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.

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.

Support us!

Do you want to support us? That is possible! You can make a donation via international money transport on behalf of 'Stichting Molens aan de Kralingse Plas', The Netherlands. Our BIC code is RABONL2U, account number NL95RABO0133818284.


03/07/2021 : Progress visitor center

Some more pictures of the progress of our new visitor center. The painter has finished his work and the result is impressive, we are very happy with it!

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

Now available, gift boxes with three cans of spices in our shop. On the back of the boxes is a brief explanation of our spices and the mills. Nice giveaway!

Take a look at our spices


Snuff tobacco

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

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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 Molens aan de Kralingse Plas. The volunteers operate the mills, give guided tours and do small maintenance on the mills.  rondleiding More about the foundation, the volunteers and our future plans can be found on this link.

Help us!
We are looking for volunteers who, like us, want to make an effort for De Ster and De Lelie. You can help us in all sorts of ways, for example with giving guided tours to visitors, packing spices and promoting the mills and the products of the mills.

De Ster and De Lelie are in a beautiful setting and are full of historical techniques. We offer a nice atmosphere, free coffee, tea and of course cake. Do you want to help us or do you know someone who would like to? Contact us and come along for a day to meet us and try if you like it.

Sailing at Rotterdam Sailing School de Lelie
Sailing at Rotterdam Sailing School de Lelie

The Sailing School is located in the karotten factory behind the De Lelie windmill. Thousands of carots were once stored there for the manufacturing of snuff tobacco.

Eat or drink at restaurant De Tuin
Eat or drink at restaurant De Tuin

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

Mills at the lake
Mills at the lake

More activities around the Kralingse Plas

Miller's house
Miller's house

Stay in one of the two heritage accommodation studios in the miller's house


Our foundation is recognised as a charity and your donation can raise tax benefits in The Netherlands

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