| 25 years of UNESCO World Heritage

25 years of UNESCO World Heritage

Unique part of the Netherlands

On Saturday, December 6, 1997, our mill complex was officially designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We don’t want to let this jubilee pass unnoticed. To celebrate this, we will be organizing various activities in our unique part of the Netherlands for a whole year.


We celebrate 25 years of UNESCO World Heritage spread over 2023 with all kinds of activities and events. From a photo competition and lectures to temporary exhibitions. This year you can experience something special in Kinderdijk around every 25th of the month.

February 15 to March 15

Photo exhibition

From February 15 we will open our visiting locations to the public again and that means we will also open our temporary photo exhibition. The winning photos of our photo competition (participation was possible until January 31, 2023) will then be shown for a month at the Visitor Center!

Photo exhibition

More activities

We will announce more events and activities in the coming period. So keep an eye on our website and newsletter for the many upcoming events to celebrate our UNESCO World Heritage status.

Why are we on the World Heritage List?

For nearly a thousand years, the Dutch have been clever in dealing with the water that surrounds them. The sustainable blend of nature and technology used to keep Kinderdijk dry is so uniquely valuable that the area and its windmills were granted UNESCO World Heritage status. From now on, the whole world can come by to experience what we have achieved here!