Mills in Nuenen and surroundings

During his stay in Nuenen, Vincent regularly went out. During the long walks, he saw several wind and water mills: he painted and drew them, and also visited them with his painter friends from Eindhoven, or with friends who were visiting him for several days.
These mills are still there today and are now officially Van Gogh Monument.
The windmills are used to grind grain.
The water mills belong to the Dutch part of the river Dommel. The power of the water together with the water wheel, has been used for centuries for grinding grain or pressing oil. Sometimes they are a thousand years old.