Discover the splendid windmills of Kinderdijk to see how the Dutch have been controlling the waters for over 1000 years. It’s a unique spectacle!
- Visit the windmills of Kinderdijk; UNESCO World Heritage, and with good reason.
- Like many others, have your picture taken in one of the most photographed spots of Holland.
- View the Museum Windmills and the film in the Wisboomgemaal Visitors’ Centre.
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 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.
More in the area
The windmills of Kinderdijk lie not far from the port city of Rotterdam and Holland’s oldest city, Dordrecht. Another highlight in the area is National Park De Biesbosch, a unique freshwater tidal area with very special plants and wildlife.
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!
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.
Sailing through UNESCO World Heritage Site Kinderdijk
Sail past the nineteen world-famous windmills in a quintessentially Dutch polder landscape.
Cycling route past world-famous windmills (40 - 50 km)
South Holland is the province with the highest population of windmills in Holland, and what better way to explore it than through the typically Dutch way of the bicycle!
Travel like the Rotterdam locals and take the waterbus to cross Rotterdam’s waters.