The windmills of Kinderdijk
History of Kinderdijk
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.
The windmills of Kinderdijk were built to keep the low-lying lands of the Alblasserwaard dry. Facing each other, they form an iconic Dutch scene. You can also admire many waterways, dikes, mills and sluices and discover how the Dutch have been using water to their benefit for over 1000 years. Learn more about Holland, Land of Water.
Visit the windmills of Kinderdijk
When you visit Kinderdijk, you should definitely pop into the three Museummolens (museum mills) and watch the multiscreen movie at the ‘Hulpgemaal De Fabriek’ (auxiliary pumping station). Discover the region from the water and pass by the mills in one of the boats. At the Molenwerkplaats (mill workshop), the operation and maintenance of the windmills is explained.
Watch this video: The windmills of Kinderdijk
Accessibility and parking at Kinderdijk
The windmills of Kinderdijk are not far from Rotterdam and approximately an hour and a half’s drive from the capital city of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. 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. Finally, it is also possible to cycle to Kinderdijk from Rotterdam. It’s a gorgeous route!