Kinderdijk: The Best Place To See Windmills!


Another weekend and another opportunity to discover another Dutch treasure! This weekend I continued in my adventure through South Holland and went to Kinderdijk. Kinderdijk can be translated to “Childrens dike” in English. There is a folklore tale about Kinderdijk that after a terrible storm someone found a cradle floating on the water with a cat and a baby inside. It is approximately 15 km from Rotterdam and a small village with once of the most iconic Dutch views I have seen to date! It can be reached best by car or by a boat the leaves from the center of Rotterdam and would require walking a few minutes.

When arriving at Kinderdijk you have the option to either walk along the windmills or you can also take a boat if you are not a big fan of walking. You also get the option of choosing whether to just walk and have a look or purchase a ticket to see inside the windmills!

The boat

The boat that can be taken to see the windmills at Kinderdijk

This UNESCO heritage site (since 1997) is famous for its 19 windmills. Once you stand at the footpath and look over the windmills it is a beautiful site (even on a day with such strange weather)

Walking path

About to start walking the path through the windmills at Kinderdijk

The path is straight and on either side you can see windmills that were built for water management purposes. As you may be aware, the Netherlands is mostly situated below sea level and there is no better place to learn about water management systems than here where it is needed. Kinderdijk is located on the Alblasserwaard that is a region that often floods, the windmills are used to drain the water and pump it into the river.

Windmills at Kinderdijk

Windmills at Kinderdijk

The walk to the far end of the footpath takes approximately 20 minutes. There are several windmills that can be entered and a museum that provides information on the purposes of a windmill-

A windmill up close at Kinderdijk

A windmill up close at Kinderdijk

There are several activities you can participate in  when visiting Kinderdijk ranging from meeting a miller to group activities, so if you are visiting and are interested make sure to plan in advance!

Windmills at Kinderdijk, South Holland

It is possible to enter the windmills at Kinderdijk, South Holland

This is a great place to visit with family, friends or even for a couple. There are great picture opportunities and if you choose a day with good weather you can also enjoy the nature.

Enjoying an afternoon

Enjoying an afternoon surrounded by windmills at Kinderdijk

There is a little cafeteria and souvenir shop at the entrance/ exit so no make sure to get a snack as there are not many other options nearby!

Souvenir shop and cafeteria at Kinderdijk

Souvenir shop and cafeteria at Kinderdijk

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About Sophie

Sophie is Luxury Hotels Group’s Creative PR & Marketing Executive. Unfortunately, she will be pursuing her master’s degree in The Netherlands after the summer, so her time with us is limited. Not only is she half Dutch and Panamanian, but she is an authentic child of the world after having lived in Indonesia, Paraguay, Mexico, Ghana, Spain, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK. To fulfill her insatiable wanderlust, Sophie obtained her bachelor’s degree from the world-renowned École hôtelière de Lausanne. Although her favourite hobbies include indulging in books and modern dance, Sophie’s dream is to visit every country on the planet!