Well hello there, Dutch icon. Nice to finally see you.
Quite frankly, it doesn’t really get more scenic and picturesque than this in the Netherlands. Kinderdijk (pronounced kin-der-dike – you’re welcome). It starts with a relatively calm boat ride through the maze of canals/rivers outside Rotterdam and then, bam, the largest concentration of windmills in the country are right in front of you.
All that’s missing are wooden clogs and brightly coloured tulip fields and you’ve got the complete Dutch stereotype.
The historic windmills network -comprising 19 different windmills- date back to 1740 and have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997; to this day, it remains one of the most visited landmarks in all of the Netherlands. Understandably, if I may say so myself. The area truly makes for an excellent half-day trip outside of Rotterdam and really is a must-see.
Kinderdijk Windmills – A Few Photos
Kinderijk Windmills – Good To Know
- The Waterbus to Kinderdijk leaves from the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam – take Route 1, get off at Ridderkerk and wait for Route 3 to Kinderdijk.
- The Kinderdijk pier is about 1 kilometre from the windmills.
- It takes around 45 minutes from and to Rotterdam, granted there are no delays.
- It costs around 5 euros each way.
- There is no charge to enter the “windmills site” – you can wander around freely.
- In the summer months, you can either visit on foot, rent a bike or take a boat tour in the canal.
[disclaim]Disclaimer: I travelled to Kinderdijk as a guest of Eurail.com. As always, all opinions are my own.[/disclaim]