The windmills at Kinderdijk are a group of 19 monumental windmills in the Alblasserwaard which is a great view in the province of South Holland, Netherlands. The Kinderdijk windmills were a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List back in 1997.
Most of the mills are part of the village of Kinderdijk in the area of Molenwaard, and one mill, De Blokker, comes in the area of Alblasserdam.
It was built in 1738 and 1740, to keep water out of the polder, it has the some largest old windmills in the Netherlands and one of the best-known Dutch tourist sites.
The mills are listed as national monuments. People come and enjoy their time and the entire area is like a village view since 1993. since 1997, they have been a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Kinderdijk on the UNESCO World Heritage List
Visitors come from all over the world come and enjoy this unique history at the Kinderdijk windmills. Kinderdijk is a monument to the history of humankind by UNESCO.
Kinderdijk windmills can be visited, and there is also a multi-screen film about the windmill area of Kinderdijk which can be seen at the Wisboomgemaal Visitor’s Centre.
THE EASIEST WAY TO GET TO KINDERDIJK FROM AMSTERDAM
People rent a car which is known by far the easiest way to get to Kinderdijk from Amsterdam. More entertainment is to see the tulips outside Amsterdam here.
If you are driving straight from Amsterdam to Kinderdijk you can expect the time you take around an hour an half to two hours depending on traffic.
Ferry to Rotterdam
A common but time-consuming way to get to Kinderdijk is with the ferry to Rotterdam. This ferry is also known as the ‘Waterbus’ in Dutch.
It sails from Rotterdam and Dordrecht to Kinderdijk and vice versa. It is almost a 30-minute trip and you can take your bike along with you for free.
The view from the ferry to Rotterdam or Dordrecht is fantastic and serene. It makes you see some of the best Dutch sceneries.
When you get off the ferry, you can easily sit on the bus to the Kinderdijk windmills. So you can enjoy your trip easily.
WHAT To DO & SEE IN KINDERDIJK
Windmills are worth to see over there. Do keep in mind that it is totally dependent on the weather if the mills are in operation or not.
As you spend 8 euro to buy a ticket to the main windmill museum. The inside isn’t what you might expect when you come.
There is also a canal boat that will take you on a water ride for a close look at the windmills.
Using renting bikes is a popular way to explore the windmills and land surrounding them.
- Walk or cycle around the windmills
The Kinderdijk website provides a map of the pedestrian and bicycle route that takes visitors past all 19 mills on the picturesque site.
- Visit an authentic 17th-century windmill
The windmills are open daily from April to the end of October, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Starting from November to March, this is reduced to weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Note that the mill sometimes closes due to inclement weather, so come with a mind prepared.
Admission for adults is € 3.50 and € 2.00 for children.
- Check out one of the dozens of Kinderdijk’s special events.
Events are held the entire year, especially from April to the end of October. Stalls of handmade items, concerts, and festivals are available on the Kinderdijk web site.
Accessibility and Parking at Kinderdijk
The windmills of Kinderdijk are not at a big distance from Rotterdam. It is almost an hour and a half’s drive from the capital city of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Public transportation is easily available over there.
If you are visiting by car, make sure to pay attention to where you may and may not park your vehicle. Parking is difficult to find during the busy hours. Finally, it is also possible to enjoy with a view while cycling to Kinderdijk from Rotterdam. It’s a serene route.
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