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The windmills of Kinderdijk

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 (Museum)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.
  • Discover the region from the water, watch the multiscreen movie, and listen to audio tours with the Kinderdijk app.

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

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!

Travel like the Rotterdam locals and take the waterbus to cross Rotterdam’s waters.


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.

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