Explore the largest concentration of old windmills in the world at Kinderdijk
Take a personal dive into the world-famous struggle between the Dutch and the water that surrounds them. At just half an hour's ride from Rotterdam, you’ll find Kinderdijk, the impressive windmill capital of the Netherlands. The Kinderdijk mills were built as a system to prevent the land below sea level from flooding. The historical windmills, dams, dikes and pumping stations form a breathtaking feat of landscape engineering dating all the way back to 1277. At Kinderdijk, 19 authentic Dutch windmills stand tall, sails turning proudly to give you a real taste of Dutch history.
The Kinderdijk windmills are an official UNESCO World Heritage Site, because they are a crucial part of global history. Throughout the ages, the Dutch worked to claim their country from the sea and rivers. Today, much of the country still lies below sea level, protected by a uniquely impressive series of waterworks. At Kinderdijk, you can try yourself to protect the Dutch in a great combination of cultural heritage and action-packed adventure. Do you have what it takes to keep this country dry? Come and find out for yourself with this great Kinderdijk offer!
Kinderdijk shows how the Dutch used modern technology to withstand the power of the water and the wind. The heavy clay dikes, the giant wooden wheels and sails of the windmills, and steam-powered pumps are still here. As the ages passed, new inventions, technical improvements, and computer-guided diesel pumping stations were added. Today, you can come and see, feel, smell and experience these spectacular giants of technical history for yourself. At Kinderdijk, history awaits in an adventure on the ocean floor!
Kinderdijk is the best place to take fantastic pictures of the original Dutch countryside. Feast your eyes on the world’s largest concentration of classical windmills and indulge in Holland’s best photo opportunities! Capture sweeping vistas of billowing Dutch clouds and windmills, set against the broad horizons portrayed by Dutch masters like Rembrandt. Take a boat tour and relax as you take in this marvelous Dutch ingenuity. Step right in as real millers show you around the windmills that they still operate today. Enjoy your own adventure on the seabed and experience the thrilling, watery history that made Holland rise from the waters!
Nederwaard1 2961 AS KinderdijkOpening hours:
January - February open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm March - October open from 9:00 am - 5.30 pm November - December open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Closed on Christmas Day and January 1. Please always check the Kinderdijk website for actual opening hours.Location:
The capital of the eponymous province offers equal parts history and picturesque panoramas.
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