Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is where timeless windmills stand proudly against the Dutch sky, offering a picturesque snapshot of the Netherlands' age-old battle against water and its ingenious solutions. Read more

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Visit Kinderdijk in 2024

Located in the province of South Holland, Kinderdijk is renowned for its collection of 19 historic windmills, built in the 18th century. These iconic structures were designed to keep the low-lying lands of the Netherlands dry and are a testament to the country's innovative water management techniques. The name "Kinderdijk" translates to "Children's Dike," and the area has a rich history interwoven with legends, one of which involves a baby's cradle saved by a cat during a flood. Today, the windmills, waterways, dikes, and fields of Kinderdijk form an idyllic landscape that showcases Dutch heritage and draws visitors from all over the world.
Kinderdijk is not just a tourist destination but a living testament to Dutch resilience, innovation, and cultural pride. A visit here is a journey through time, witnessing the harmony between man, nature, and technology.

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What to do in Kinderdijk

Historic Windmills

Marvel at the 19 well-preserved windmills, each with its unique charm, and learn about their pivotal role in water management.

Windmill Museum

Step inside a working windmill to experience the life of a miller and understand the intricate mechanics behind these fascinating structures.

Boat Tours

Navigate the tranquil waterways around Kinderdijk, offering a unique perspective of the windmills and surrounding landscapes.

Visitor's Center

Begin your journey here, gathering insights, maps, and interactive exhibits that detail the history and significance of the region.

Cycling Paths

Rent a bike and traverse the extensive network of paths, taking in the scenic beauty and peaceful ambiance of Kinderdijk.

Kinderdijk Workshops

Engage in hands-on experiences, learning traditional skills such as crafting wooden shoes or operating miniature windmills.

Local Events

Throughout the year, especially in September, Kinderdijk hosts the Illumination Week where windmills are beautifully lit up after sunset, creating a magical spectacle.

Nearby Villages

Explore charming Dutch villages like Alblasserdam and Nieuw-Lekkerland, each offering their own historical and cultural gems.

Wildlife Watching

The water-rich environment around Kinderdijk is home to a variety of birds, making it a great spot for birdwatching and photography.

Annual Mill Day

A special event where most windmills across the Netherlands open their doors to the public, offering demonstrations and celebrations of Dutch mill heritage.

What else to visit
In and around Kinderdijk

Rotterdam (10.96 km)

Discover Rotterdam, a vibrant hub of innovation where cutting-edge architecture and a bustling port blend into a dynamic urban tapestry, reflecting the Netherlands' progressive spirit.

De Haar Castle (35.82 km)

Enveloped by vast gardens and serene waterways, De Haar Castle stands as the Netherlands' most opulent and fairy-tale-like fortress, reflecting the grandeur of times gone by and the dreams of the illustrious families who once called it home.

Utrecht (40.6 km)

Utrecht, a vibrant city pulsing with history, channels, and culture, seamlessly marries its medieval charm with a contemporary spirit, making it one of the Netherlands' most enchanting and dynamic urban treasures.

Amsterdam Airport (49.59 km)

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, renowned as one of the world's primary aviation hubs, offers an exceptional blend of efficiency, modern amenities, and Dutch charm. It's not just an airport; it's a vibrant, welcoming gateway to the Netherlands and beyond.

Amsterdam (56.89 km)

Amsterdam, a city of canals, colourful houses, cyclists and world-famous museums, will enchant you with its unique charm, liberal spirit and unforgettable atmosphere.

Antwerp (75.32 km)

Dubbed the 'Diamond District' and the cradle of Renaissance art, Antwerp is Belgium's trendy port city where history meets avant-garde, making every stroll an encounter with its opulent past and vibrant present.

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