The cradle of Holland’s struggle to tame water
Surrounded by meadows and dykes, Kinderdijk’s whirling sails, creaking machinery and authentic millers are the very essence of the Dutch landscape. The windmills at this UNESCO World Heritage Site have been keeping water at bay for hundreds of years. It was these ingenious contraptions that underpinned the efforts of the Dutch to manage water effectively. Kinderdijk shows exactly how the Netherlands has co-existed, fought and cooperated with this force of nature and succeeded in developing a country living under sea level. Absorb yourself in the history of one country’s valiant struggle to tame the power of water. The windmills are an engineering wonder dating back to the 18th century. Experience at first hand how the grinding of cogs and spindles is set in motion by the wind.
Go back in time and relive the adventure of sails, water and sheer willpower. Onze molens en waterwegen vertellen het verhaal van de Lage Landen. Ga terug in de tijd in een avontuur vol wieken, water en wilskracht in Kinderdijk!The free Kinderdijk app enables you to explore the windmill landscape and the surrounding polderland scenery at your own leisure.
Plan your visit at www.kinderdijk.nl
Kinderdijk as a starting point
Waterdriehoek cycle tour
A cycle trail which takes in the three icons of the Dutch waterscape: the Kinderdijk windmills, the Biesbosch National Park and Dordrecht. Experience the very essence of NLDelta in just one day. The Waterbus will transport you and your bike across the river. More info
The Waterbus to Rotterdam
The Waterbus whisks you from Kinderdijk to Rotterdam in next to no time. The 202 service will get you there is just 30 minutes. Europe’s largest port is home to modern architectural wonders, world-class museums, trendy bars and restaurants, and exotic food markets. Rotterdam has it all! More info
Hotel New York, Rotterdam
From the Water Bus terminal in Rotterdam take the water taxi to Hotel New York, the former head office of the Holland-America Line. Where in previous times, thousand of migrants would set out full of hope for a new life in North America, you can now dine and spend the night in this unique setting. More info
Alblasserwaard windmill route
If you’re not satisfied with the 19 windmills at Kinderdijk, why not try this 50-kilometre cycling trail that takes in the quintessentially Dutch landscape of Alblasserwaard with its windmills, elegant farmsteads, pollarded willows and the Alblas river. Start at the TOP in Alblasserdam, Oud-Alblas or Nieuwpoort. More info