Windmills, Windmills Everywhere!

Posted on 04. Feb, 2013 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Netherlands

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 colored tulip fields and you’ve got the complete Dutch stereotype.

The 19 historic windmills date back to 1740 and have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997 - and consequently, 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

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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 kilometer from the windmills.
  • It takes around 45 minutes from and to Rotterdam, granted there are no delays.
  • It costs around 5 euros each way.
  • Also, where there are windmills, there is… wind. Don’t wear your hair down!

  • 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.

Disclaimer: I traveled to Kinderdijk as a guest of Eurail.com. As always, all opinions are my own.

Have you seen the famous Kinderdijk windmills? Were you equally impressed by them?

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4 Responses to “Windmills, Windmills Everywhere!”

  1. I love that first photo, it looks so peaceful.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      13. Feb, 2013

      It really was - there were about 3 of us out there, as it was the low season.

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  2. Vera

    12. Feb, 2013

    Cool, I love wind mills! …and I have no idea, why:) Maybe because they were part of a lot of stories and fairy tales I read when I was a kid? Anyway, sounds like a worthy trip from Rotterdam - just one question: are you also able to enter any of the wind mills themselves? I don’t think I have ever been inside one!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      13. Feb, 2013

      You can normally enter one of the windmills because it’s now a museum - but it’s seasonal. I was there the very day of the low-season, so it was closed, haha.

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