Visit the famous 19 windmills
In the beautiful wetlands around Dordrecht, you will find the windmills of Kinderdijk. Nineteen beautiful windmills, built around 1740, stand here as part of a larger water management system to prevent floods. Today, they symbolise Dutch water management, and in 1997 they were declared to be UNESCO World Heritage.
One of the windmills is opened for visitors during the tourist season, and at most of the days its operational too. While visiting the windmill, anyone can get a pretty good idea about the functioning of the windmill and the lifestyle back then. All the old pots, pans, wooden shoes and traditional tapestry that were used in the mill are still there. To make the historic setting more realistic, you get to wear an authentic miller’s overall and dutch wooden shoes.
A boat tour through Kinderdijk is a great way to explore the Windmills. During the 30 minutes tour you get very close to the beautiful old mills!
Please note that the boat tours only depart from April till October!
The windmills of Kinderdijk are not far from Rotterdam and approximately an hour and a half’s drive from the capital city of Amsterdam. Kinderdijk is also easily accessible by public transportation. If visiting by car, make sure to pay attention to where you may and may not park. Kinderdijk is easily accessible by Waterbus, too. The boat trip lets you enjoy the beautiful surroundings and you can bring your bike free of charge. The Waterbus to Kinderdijk departs from the historic city center of Dordrecht as well as the center of Rotterdam.
Dive right into the story of Kinderdijk and its struggle with the water!
Walk or cycle the network of monumental windmills. The Kinderdijk website provides a map of the pedestrian and bicycle route that takes visitors past all 19 mills on the picturesque dyke.
Secondary pumping station De Fabriek (‘The Factory’) is the perfect starting point for your Kinderdijk UNESCO World Heritage visit. The multi-screen film on display here will take you on a virtual trip straight through the rich history of Kinderdijk.
When visiting Kinderdijk, you absolutely have to take a look inside the two Museum Windmills and view the film in the Wisboomgemaal Visitors’ Centre. In the Molenwerkplaats (Windmill Workshop) guides explain to groups how the windmills work and are maintained.