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Hiking in land below sea level

Walking through a painting of the Netherlands

The gorgeous countryside and the cultural wealth of Alblasserwaard and Green Heart region invite you to set out on the most fantastic hikes in and around Kinderdijk UNESCO World Heritage. The wide-open polder landscape awaits you, offering glorious cloudscapes, green meadows, lovely old villages, and much more besides…

Enjoy the wonderful hiking trails around Kinderdijk

If you really want to get to know this countryside of wind, water, and wide-open meadows, be sure to bring your walking boots along on your Kinderdijk visit! The polders of Alblasserwaard and the Green Heart of South-Holland are riddled with enough beautiful hiking trails to fill an entire holiday, although there are plenty of great short strolls available for anyone who just wants a bit of fresh air.

There are various walking route books available at souvenir shop De Molenhoek. De Molenhoek is an ideal starting point to start your tour through typical Dutch landscape.
Tip: Kinderdijkpad (7.5 km) runs right through World Heritage Kinderdijk. Are you more into the nature? Walking route ‘Polderhoppen & Vogel-spotten (17 km), is highly recommended!

Step by step surrounded by windmills. water and reeds.

Step by step surrounded by windmills. water and reeds.

Peace and quiet in sweeping settings for hikers of all levels and ages

Stroll along old country roads and across mighty dikes, while you take in a breath-taking polder landscape so vast and flat that you could lose yourself in it. Enjoy rows of whispering poplars, gnarly old pollard willows, and reeds swaying along the water’s edge. Discover herons, godwits, and redshanks while high up in the Dutch cloudscape, harriers and buzzards soar majestically overhead. The outlines of windmills and church steeples betray the location of picturesque polder villages from miles away. Take your time to wander around, and relish the peaceful beauty of a land below sea level, where it seems as if time has stood still!

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