Hovaere mill

The Hovaere mill is a stone corn and oil windmill.

Already in 1705 the (then still wooden post)mill emerges on the cadastral map.

During the First World War the German occupier equipped the mill as an observatory. On command the mill had to run for the Germans. The passageway in the mill hill served as an army kitchen.

Protected monument

In 1968, the town purchased the mill, which in 1973 was protected as a monument. In 1988, the building was entrusted to the non-profit organisation Hovaeremolen and they had it repaired in 1996-1998.

The Hovaere mill is open from 1 May until 30 September. Every first and third Sunday of the month from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on appointment.


Groups can visit the mill on appointment.

Open after reservation

The Käthe Kollwitz Museum and Fransmansmuseum are open, but only after reservation.

Currently, this can be done by telephone (0032 51 61 04 94) or by mail: cultuurentoerisme@koekelare.be

The tourist office is open during the week (not on Monday and Wednesday morning), on public holidays and weekends (13.30-17.00).