The Groote Hoef (built in 990) was Lommel’s first abbey farm and has been beautifully restored. The former sheep pen is where you can now find the Molenmuseum, with working model mills, mill parts and old engines.
Outside the Molenmuseum, there is also a small but beautiful horse mill with its own farm horse. The horse plods around the building, making the millstone turn using a beam that sticks right through the top of the roof. This used to be the way to grind flour when there was no wind. You can still see the horse at work during the annual Molendagen (Mill Days).
Tip: pop in to the Groote Hoef brasserie and reception hall. This used to be the abbey farm’s stable and the barn and now offers delicious meals.
Hoeverdijk 11, 3920 Lommel
Call +32 (0)486 16 96 64 for group ticket reservations The museum and the horse mill can only be visited by appointment. A certified guide from vzw Levende Molens will show you around.
Adults: €3 p.p.
+12 years: €1.50 p.p.
Brasserie and reception hall
Booking is recommended!
The Molenmuseum is very small and not wheelchair and pushchair friendly. The brasserie and reception hall are wheelchair accessible.