The Visitor Center is located in the old steam pumping station dating from 1868. Here we show a multi-screen movie about Kinderdijk water management. In the front room you will find a small exhibition and a Tourist Information kiosk. World Heritage Kinderdijk souvenirs can be purchased in the souvenir shop. We also provide coffee, tea and soft drinks. Come and relax while enjoying the awesome views of the characteristic windmills from our terrace or picnic tables. Continue from the Visitor Center towards the pumping stations.
Between junctions 5 and 6. This complex consists of the Kleine Molen (Small Windmill), the Achtkantige Molen (Octanogal Windmill), and the Oude Weteringmolen. (Old Wetering Windmill). A lot of work is going on to reconstruct the Sluismolen (Sluice Windmill) and the Hoge Tiendwegmolen (High Tiendweg Windmill) including the water management system.
In the northwest corner of the lowland area of the Alblasserwaard, close to the village of Kinderdijk you?ll find the nineteen windmills along the drainage canals of the Overwaard and Nederwaard. The windmill complex is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Fully organic cheese is produced here using milk from cows, goats and sheep. De farm can be visited on appointment. The organic cheese can also be purchased in our Visitor Center at the end of this route.
Here you can really see and experience how a windmill works. If there is sufficient wind, the windmill will even be running! You will meet an actual miller and get the opportunity to explore this windmill - preserved in its original state - inside and out. Inside the windmill you will find an exhibition about the history of the Hoek family, a well-known Kinderdijk family of millers. By means of old photos and articles of everyday use you learn about life at the Kinderdijk windmills.
First reference to a windmill on this location is found on a map from 1540. This windmill pumps the water from the Blokweer polder to the Lage Boezem of the Nederwaard. Here you can see how a polder windmill with an exterior paddle wheel operates. The windmill is used for educational purposes. The mill shed houses a small shop with a coffee and beverage counter. Here you can buy coffee, tea and soda?s. Come and sit down on one off the picknick tables and enjoy the magnificent view of the polder and our characteristic windmills.
Photo spot opposite the 4th Overwaard windmill (1740)
nicknamed the Contramolen (Counter Windmill). This is the only windmill in the world that has two paddle wheels: One to pump water up and one to pump water from the Hoge Boezem in summer. Continue towards the last mill in the Overwaard, windmill 8.