Kinderdijk Windmills

Kinderdijk, Netherlands

Kinderdijk village is situated in a polder in the Alblasserwaard at the confluence of the Lek and Noord rivers. To drain the polder, a system of 19 windmills was built around 1740. This group of mills is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands. The windmills of Kinderdijk are one of the best-known Dutch tourist sites. They have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

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Luigi Iannini (21 months ago)
Amazing place, visited in 2014. We travelled there from Rotterdam, taking a clipper boat. Once we arrived, we rented a bike which in my opinion, is the best way to visit Kinderdijk, because there is a very nice cycle pathway going throughout all the windmills, like everywhere in the lovely Netherlands. It is also possible to visit one of the windmills, but we decided not to do it. I think we should have done it and I feel to recommend it, so you will avoid any regret.
Wesley Bowman (22 months ago)
A uniquely Netherlands experience. While mostly a tourist destination, this UNESCO world heritage site is phenomenal. I've been multiple times, and every time I take someone new, they always agree it is worth the journey to get there. Highly recommend, even if you must take the bus!
Ramya Selvarajan (2 years ago)
Very beautiful place. It is amazing to see the windmills built more than a couple of centuries ago and still being maintained. The know-how that existed in the past is fascinating. It was very foggy when we went, so couldn't enjoy the complete magnificence. We also booked a boat ride, considering the weather, we used it as hop on hop off service.
Rojo Zia (2 years ago)
I totally enjoyed my visit to Kinderdijk. Our guide gave us a very interesting account of the history surrounding the site and the windmills. Loved going inside one of the windmills and learning how it works. It was also interesting to learn about the families that have lived there (the millers). Be sure to bring your camera and be sure to get a photo of yourself inside the UNESCO yellow rectangle.
Mike Stoehr (2 years ago)
Wonderful place to visit the iconic windmills of Holland. There are over 15 working windmills made of both wood and brick. They are responsible for pumping water back into the canal and reclaiming land that otherwise would be flooded. Marvelous ingenuity considering these are several hundred years old, with all moving parts made of wood and still pumping water from twenty feet below sea level. You cannot go wrong with a visit here!
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