Sit back and watch the windmills slowly drift by
If you’d like to admire our monumental mills from the surface of the water, you’re invited to embark on our tour boats. Take in the view of a deeply Dutch landscape at your leisure.
A deeply Dutch polder landscape
Kinderdijk UNESCO World Heritage has always been all about water. All the mills, pumps, dikes, and storage basins work together to literally keep their heads above water. That is how this characteristic and deeply Dutch landscape came about.
Boat tours are not included in your entry ticket. To get on board, you’ll need to purchase separate (e-)tickets. You can choose between the Hopper Prins Friso and Cruiser Vos & Zn tour boats.
View Kinderdijk from the water
- Purchase your tour boat ticket online (not available in January)
‘Duiker’ group deal
Tour the Kinderdijk waters with a group
- Drift past the mills guided by your personal skipper
The Hopper ‘Prins Friso’ makes its rounds all year long. A tour takes about thirty minutes, with four fixed stops along the way: the departure at the jetty near De Fabriek secondary pumping station, at the Middle Quay, and at the Nederwaard and Blokweer Museum Mills. Your tour boat (e-)ticket lets you get on and off board at any of these visiting points. You get to plot your own course.
Out of commission between November 1 and March 31.
Our Cruiser takes you on a thirty-minute tour past all the glorious Overwaard windmills. It’s the ideal platform for taking your time to shoot the best pictures of the area. The view is simply stunning! The Cruiser finishes its tour where it started: the jetty next to the pedestrian bridge near the Visitor’s Centre. From there, you’ll make the perfect start of your windmill adventure on well-rested legs and a good overview of the windmill area.
The skippers of the Cruiser and Hopper start their rounds when the doors to the World Heritage open. Half an hour before closing time, they make their final round of the day. Please note: our opening and closing times vary from season to season. Prior reservations are not possible; clocks near the jetties indicate the next departure. If the weather is bad, tours may be cancelled. In that case, you will receive a refund for any tour boat tickets bought online beforehand.
Both tour boats are accessible for wheelchair users. Dogs are allowed on board, provided they are on a leash. The ships feature ample seats to sit down and rest your feet. If you want to feel the Dutch breeze ruffle your hair, you are welcome to stay up on the decks, but both the Hopper and the Cruiser have covered seats available.