Amongst the 19 windmills there is one open to the public. You climb the steep and narrow ladders to each floor - men going up first as is the Dutch etiquette! There are little displays showing windmill life back when they were occupied by the mill keeper and his wife and family as well as other windmilly objects and artefacts. The ceilings are low so mind your head .
Ohhh and the sails!! They may LOOK as though they are going to sweep round and knock your block off as you enter and leave through the low door - but don't worry - excellent Dutch design doesn't permit this!
A boat trip MOLENTOCHT or MOLEN TOUR, is the perfect way to see the Windmills in their full glory and also to experience the surrounding landscape. Trips depart from "De Molenhoek" Cafeteria. The tour takes you to the last Windmill on the Overwaard and back and it's a half-hour trip. It was a lovely tour and you get to see most of the 19 Windmills. We were fortunate that it was a clear, sunny day and the river was calm enough to capture the windmills reflections.
Ticket price 3,00 Euros - pay as you board the boat.
Parking is available - 5,00 Euros - and you get a nice colourful brochure
Every day from March until the end of October, the VISITORS WINDMILL opens from 9:30 to 5:30 p.m. This 265 years old Windmill operates every day, provided there is enough wind. The interior of the Windmill remains in its original state. Information is provided about how people used to live and work in Windmills.
Admission 3,50 Euros.
The photo was taken in the board room of the Dyk & Water Board. It was already dark so unfortunately the windmills could not be seen from the building.
Anyway, the 19 windmills to keep dry the low land where the rivers meet, is what thousands of tourists come to see each year. It is a World Heritage site but that doesn't really financially help to keep this monument. So the province Zuid-Holland pays for the maintenance.
BTW... contrary to what one sometimes reads in the media, the windmills are in excellent condition, according to the Dyke & Water Board.
Windmill no 2 is open to the public from March untill end of October and the opening hours are 9h30 to 5h30. The mill, is more that 265 years old, and operates daily provided their is enough wind to fuel it. The interior is still in its original state and everywhere is video's running to tell us about how the people lived in years gone by.
Admission is 3.50 Euro and if you want to buy a map of the area it is another 1 euro.
A boat trip here is the perfect way to see the windmills in their full glory and to experience the landscape. The boat departs every half hour from in front of the cafeteria, provided he has a minimum of 4 people. The cost is 3.00 euro
This was the first windmill we found that was open to the public on a regular basis. We paid our entrance price and spent an hour exploring the inside...I have added several links here where you can learn both about the Kinderdijk park itself and also the history of the windmills themselves, their design and use.
The windmills of Kinderdijk got so famous because these windmills were created to bring the superfluous water of the lowland polders to the river Lek which is next to Kinderdijk.
The river Lek carries the water in her turn to the North Sea.
So the windmills simply perform the duties of water pumps!
As far as you can look there are the windmills,
Kinderdijk has some 19 windmills which still are in good condition,
and I happen to take some amazing fashion pics here ...
Coming up as soon as possible, when my printer will work again ...
Kinderdijk is a town in southern Holland, and is famous for its windmills. The mills are located on both sides of the river, there are 19 in total. In 1997 they were added to Unesco's World Heritage List.
One of the mills, pretty close to the town, can also be visited in the summer. The best way to view the mills is by walking or bike riding along the river.
Amazing that the kitchen and main bedroom was same room. We are so used to luxury today, that we cannot imagine something like this. I am not sure if I would be very happy in the beds, as they seem to be very small to me.
See how a windmill works from the inside. The "Bezoekers-molen" = Visitors-windmill can show you what the windmill is all about as inside the wheels are turning when the wind gives the power of motion to the sails. An ingineous machinery takes care of the pumping of water that gets shifted to a higher leveled canal on it's way out of the polder and towards the sea.
Open daily from 1st of April 'til 30st of September and from 9:30 until 17:30 hours.
So why is this place called the "Kinderdijk" / "Childrensdyke"
It all happened during the Saint Elisabeth’s Flood [November 18th, 1421]. The waves washed over the low lands in a fury and everywhere dykes were swept away as if they were made of paper. People and cattle drowned and died a miserable death. Cries of dispair were heard all over the land.
But what does the sea care for lamentations? The water ran through the huge holes in the dykes, and swept away all that it encountered. This way no less than seventy-two villages near the city of Dordrecht drowned. The fertile soil changed into a vast stretch of salt water. Where once was life and industriousness, there now remained the Biesbosch with its creeks and its inlets.
Certainly, this is what happened during the days of the Saint Elisabeth’s Flood. Nothing remained of the seventy-two prospering villages. Houses and churches, people and cattle, it was all swallowed up by the sea.
It so happened that in these days one miracle occurred.... One human life was spared.
As far as the eye could see, there was water - there were waves everywhere. All that once lived, had gone under; but see, what was floating over there? That tiny dot over there, that object that rocked on the waves? Was it a cradle?
By all means, it was a cradle and there was a tiny rosy child lying in it. It sucked its little thumb and his blue eyes looked at the grey sky in an innocent way.
How was it possible that the cradle didn’t turn over? How could it be that the waves did not wash it away?
The answer was a cat on the hood of the cradle, jumping from left to right and back again, thus keeping the strange vessel in balance.
Where did the cradle come from and whatever happened to the child?
Nobody knows, but up until today, the very spot where the cradle came ashore is called Kinderdijk - Childrensdyke.
And the best way to get a good view of all these windmills is by taking a boat trip! And what a luck I had with the weather!! It was a beautiful spring day, blue sky, sun shining, and nice warm weather! I couldn't wish for anything better.
It was off season, so there weren't many tourist, and I had a wonderful time. I always was under the impression that the Kinderdijk was one big tourist trap. A site only there for the foreign tourists. But I was so wrong! I've seen lots and lots of windmills over the years, but so many close together really amazed me! It was fantastic to see. So if you go here, take a boattrip and enjoy!
From the first of may until the end of September there is a boat trip along the windmills of Kinderdijk. The boat starts and stops at the beginning of the windmill boulevard, across the gift shop. The trip will take you to the last windmill of the Overwaard and back. The first trip is at 10.00am and the last one leaves at 17:00pm.
Prices (2008): Euro 3,00, Children age 4-9: Euro 2,50, children under the age of 4: free
Windmills of Kinderdijk
The biggest concentration of windmills in the Netherlands, I believe there are 19 mills. At Kinderdijk it is possible to take a short boattrip along the mills.
You can also visit one of them and ask question about the use of these mills.
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A network of 19 windmills was built around 1740 to drain the polder of Kinderdijk and surrounding polders. (Polders are areas of land below sea level that are protected by dikes.)
The windmilles stand in neat rows along an L-shaped drainage canal, where they pumped water from the surrounding polders, until steam and electric pumps offered more reliable protection against flooding.
This group of mills is the largest concentration of windmills in the Netherlands. And nowhere in the world you will find as many windmills as near the village of Kinderdijk.
The foundation "Wereld Erfgoed Kinderdijk" maintains and preserves the windmills in Kinderdijk. The preservation is not limited to the windmills themselves, but also covers the area in which the windmills are situated.
The windmilles were placed on the list of UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.
The Kinderdijk windmill area is situated in the Alblasserwaard between the rivers Lek and Merwede, about 25 kilometres from Rotterdam.
The 19 windmills at Kinderdijk symbolise the way in which the Dutch have managed the water. For centuries, they have kept the land dry, which had been ravaged by subsidence and floods.
VIDEO of my visit: