Kinderdijk Travel Guide

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Kinderdijk Highlights

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    RoyJava says…

     lot of windmills together - great views - wonderful models 

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    Martin_S. says…

     Access restricted to only a few of the windmills 

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    Mariajoy says…

     This is as Dutch as it gets!!! 

Kinderdijk Things to Do

  • The Windmills of Kinderdijk

    The village of Kinderdijk is more or less surrounded by water: located at the tip of a peninsula between the rivers Noord and Lek, it was a necessity to not only prevent water from destroying the village by building dikes, but also to drain the polders and make them usable for agriculture by building windmills. The windmills were built in the 1730s...

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  • Kinderdijk windmill open to public

    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.

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  • 19 windmills -video tour

    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...

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  • Visitor info board

    As you enter the heritage site, there is a huge info board telling you where to go and showing a map of the area

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  • Caught 8

    With this shot I managed to get 8 windmills in my lens. Went totally crazy this day, not even sure how many photo's I took.

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  • May we photograph you?

    You almost feel like you are intruding on their privacy. Almost like the paparazzi taking photo's of celebs. Fortunately there are a few months when this place is visitor free and the windmills can take the smiles of their faces.

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Kinderdijk Restaurants

  • De Molenhoek

    We missed the boat literally by 20 seconds, so decided to have a cuppa tea instead whilst we were waiting for her return. Staff was very friendly and entertaining.

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  • DUTCH SNACK BAR

    After our afternoon boat tour, we were all getting hungry. We were in the mood for Dutch "junk food" so looked for a Snack Bar. We found the FOODMASTER in the town of Alblasserdam, not far from Kinderdijk. I had two krokets (E1.25) Hans had kipsate' (E4.25) and we shared frites oorlog (E2.40) (fries with mayonnaise and peanut butter sauce - sounds...

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  • COFFEE ON A TERRACE

    As we had to wait half an hour until the next tour boat, we ( Hans & I, Jean & Nel), decided to sit on the terrace of the KANTINE DE MOLENHOEK and have a cup of coffee. We could relax and enjoy the lovely view of the famous windmills.Soon, the boat arrived to take us on a tour of the canal, where all the windmills were.

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Kinderdijk Transportation

  • Boat tour from Rotterdam to Kinderdijk

    There's a boat tour leaving from Rotterdam centre to Kinderdijk. Amsterdam-Rotterdam Central Station is an hour by train. Then take the metro (Erasmusline) direction Spijkenisse. 3rd stop is Leuvehaven from where the boat leaves.For train schedules: www.ns.nl (English link at the top).More information about the tour at the link below (in...

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  • Bus 90

    To get to Kinderdijk from Utrecht you need to take regional bus 90. The busstop is opposite the Beatrix theatre in Utrecht. You can buy your ticket on the bus or at the kiosk in Centraal Station. I suggest you get it on the bus rather.

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  • Cycling

    For a better track with great scenery you could not ask for. A lot of people were cycling around on both sides of the canals.

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Kinderdijk Shopping

  • Wooden garden windmills

    Anmadis is the first shop as you enter the unesco site. They sell quite a number of interesting little souvenirs, some quite big, like the wooden windmills. I am sure it would look lovely in my garden, but how do I get it home?

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  • Jewels & Watches at Kinderdijk

    Nice shop with a huge variety for every wallet.Friendly atmosphere.We wanted a charm for our charmbracelet and within 5 minutes they changed a pendant into a charm without any extra surcharge.Great service and a true reccomendation Windmills, wooden shoes, tulips. Jewels and Watches also has silver windmills, wooden shoes and tulips with a tiny...

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  • DUTCH SOUVENIRS & CHEESE

    If you go downstairs at the Kinderdijk Restaurant, you will find a little store filled with Dutch souvenirs. There is an especially large selection of wooden shoes for sale. You will also find a selection of Dutch cheeses in the dairy section. There is also some cute murals down there and a display of typical Dutch items. The damen (ladies) and...

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Kinderdijk Local Customs

  • L E G E N D

    It is told by the locals that the area of Kinderdijk originated because of a tsunami!That happened during the St. Elizabeth-flood which was in 1421 when a North-Western storm stirred up the river water until tsunami heights. The dikes collapsed and the river water of the Lek came in ... so a dike has to be built to protect the area.The name of...

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  • Respect the inhabitants

    Several windmills in the Kinderdijk area are actually homes. Yes, you read it well, living in a windmill still excists in the Netherlands and when there is a sign that states "no trespassing" please do respect the fact that people are actually living in this peculiar house. You wouldn't like it either if masses of tourists barch through your...

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Kinderdijk Warnings and Dangers

  • Road To The Windmills

    According to my Kinderdijk Tip Off The Beaten Path see here the narrow road to watch the Kinderdijk windmills in a very close distance, and still for free.The people who live here, also use the narrow road.So please, take care and do drive in a modest way and not too fast.We talked to some local people and had a very nice little chat. They...

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  • Summer weekends and crowds

    In summertime, the weekends get realy crowdy. For tose who are not wanting to be walking along the windmills in masses, do come in the off season and enjoy the views all by yourself. Okay, it might rain or be windy, but with some wind the pleasure will be all yours, as the windmills will be turning.

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Kinderdijk Tourist Traps

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    by RoyJava Updated Oct 24, 2007

    If you want to visit Kinderdijk It is F R E E !!!

    I was here for a Spanish fashion shooting and we made some beautiful photographs. By buss we entered the area of the famous windmills without paying (no entrance fee).

    Just a little while ago we tried to enter the same way, and had to pay € 7.50 to enter, and € 5.00 for the car! That makes € 12.50!

    Impossible!!!

    Unique Suggestions: Well, we were a bit of confused ... and turned around back to the dike area (because the weather was not that nice, too ). I took the photograph you see here and watch the street sign ... (it is just around the corner of this building we had to pay ... )

    Fun Alternatives: Driving some further on we could see the windmills, too. A shame because the view was not that good, and too far! Maybe we were wrong ... nowadays all touristic events you have to pay for, haven't you?

    W R O N G ! ! !

    See >>> Free Entrance Kinderdijk

    Sorry,... shame me ... correction!
    Only cars have to pay for now >>>
    € 4,50 for 2 hrs, free to walk into the "windmills road"

    See >>> Parking in Kinderijk

    Another beautiful alternative >>>
    See >>> Find Molenkade

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Kinderdijk What to Pack

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    by manuelEB Updated Sep 24, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a wind breaker... just to see if the people around here believes in bad karma. Bringing a wind breaker to a place where the wind is so welcome it could be a bad signal. So just bring the wind braker and if someone ask you what is, you go and say that it's a cardigan...

    Photo Equipment: I am positive this place do not require more wind. Bring a tripod and bring a good camera that allows you to take long exposition. The view from inside the milll that seves as a museum are spectacular. The spider webs in the "windows", the greenney of the field, outside and the moving windmill blade make a perfect combination. This tip si for myself. I 'll be there again...

    Miscellaneous: Bring the entrance fee to the mill/ (-;
    2 euros, I guess.

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Kinderdijk Off The Beaten Path

  • Cow farming

    Duh, of course there is going to be lots of cows in the Netherlands. they are know for their cheese!

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  • FREE ENTRANCE

    When you are by car there is a way to watch the windmills of Kinderdijk very very close!Just drive to the usual point of view for the Kinderdijk Windmills (by following the "windmills" signs) ... then drive back to the main road along the river Lek.Well, if you drive along the river Lek try to find the MOLENKADE.When the river Lek is right of you,...

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  • Dike & Water Board Overwaart

    On Nov 17th 2004 I visited the Dike & Water Board Overwaart that has existed for centuries.Let me explain a little bit about these boards.It is an administrative body that falls directly under the Province and is in hierarchy on the same level as the Town or City Councils. The Dyke & Water Board looks after water and roads in a certain region. More...

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Kinderdijk Sports & Outdoors

  • Pack those hiking boots!

    What a wonderful place to go hiking! there is lovely walkways around Kinderdijk and I noticed quite a few people were hiking to the next village.

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  • EXCELLENT BICYCLE / WALKING PATHS

    Nature at its best! The BICYCLE / WALKING PATHS begin at "De Molenhoek" Cafeteria and stretches along the canal. It goes quite a ways. At the end of the Canal there is a bridge which brings you to the other side and continues on. What a great way to see the Windmills and the Dutch landscape. Bike Rentals are available. Inquire at the Restaurant /...

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  • 19 KINDERDIJK WINDMILLS

    Kinderdijk is a village 16 km east from Rotterdam and less than 10km north from Dordrecht. There are 19 KINDERDIJK WINDMILLS in close proximity to each other, forming an impressive symbol of the struggle of the Dutch against the encroaching water.In 1366 and 1369, workers dug the canals (weteringen) through Alblasserwaar to Kinderdijk. The canals...

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  • A LOVELY AFTERNOON IN KINDERDIJK

    Friday June 6, 2008Kinderdijk is one of the best known sites in Holland as it is typical Dutch landscape. In all the times Hans and I have visited Holland, it's unbelievable that this is the first time going there. Hans lived there for over twenty years - he's never been there! His sister Nel lives there - it's the first time for her too. So when...

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  • HOW THE WINDMILLS WORK

    The WINDMILLS drain the excess water from the Alblasserwaard Polders which are below sea-level. The water is then sluiced into the River Lek.The powerful sails of the windmill transmit the force of the wind on to large paddle-wheels which scoop up the water and pump it into a reservoir ( Boezem ) until the level of the river reaches a level that...

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