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Sailing at:


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.

Drink or eat at:


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.

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Our foundation is:


Corona - The mill is open again!

From Wednesday 3 June, De Ster and De Lelie will be open again at the usual opening hours. You are welcome! Due to the coronavirus we have taken some measures:

  • The entrance is at the large door at the front of the mill, the spice shop is there also.
  • Maximum 3 visitors at grond floor level.
  • Register with one of the volunteers if you want to have a look at the top of the mill, there is room for seven visitors.
  • Guided tours for up to 2 people, families are excluded from this measure.
  • Here you can find an overview of all measures.

And of course we also take into account the basic rules of the government.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Help to build the visitor center!

We have been working for a while on a new visitor center behind windmill De Ster with a presentation area for visitors and facilities for volunteers. Fundraising has started and we hope that the visitor center can open in 2020. More information about the visitor center at this special website.


News update:

  • Presentation visitor center on Nationale Molendag May 11th, read more
  • What does the visitor center look like exactly? lees meer
  • We have now received the first contributions from funds and donors, the current status can now be seen on our money meter!

update! #1

The money meter is now somewhat higher, the total amount collected has now reached 114,000! We are of course very happy with that!

update! #2

We are now a step further and the total amount collected is now 144,500. We are almost halfway!

update! #3

The level in our moneymeter is 188,200, we are again one step further! We have now started preparations, such as the sounding of the soil at De Ster and the further elaboration of the design by architect and constructor.

update! #4

The level in our moneymeter is 268,200!

update! #5

Soil testing was carried out at De Ster such that the constructor can continue with the design.

update! #6

The bushes and trees behind De Ster have been removed in preparation for the construction of the new visitor center.

update! #7

In the past period, we dissused our plans with with the builder, architect and constructor. We have now reached the point that we have will soon be able to award the contract to the builder. In the mill we are busy moving everything to prepare for restoring the foundation.

Read more news here.

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 1777 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.

Opening hours

De Ster is open for visiting when the doors are open. The opening hours are:

  • Wednesday: 10.00 16.30
  • Saturday: 14.00 16.30
  • Every second Saturday of the month: 10.00 16.30. On this day there are guided tours.
  • Often also on Thursday: 10.00 16.00

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. Update: because of the corona measures, the possibilities for group visits are limited, see the overview of the corona measures.


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.


giftbox 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.


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!

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.