Sit back and watch the windmills slowly drift by
As our mills and pumping stations toil day and night to drain the water out from the land and into the river, they provide our visitors with a view that is as Dutch as it gets, cruising the Kinderdijk basins on our tour boats. Our boat tours let you experience the World Heritage from the water that runs at the very heart of our story.
A deeply Dutch polder landscape
Kinderdijk UNESCO World Heritage is all about water, from start to finish. Every single windmill, pumping station, dike, and basin that you’ll see here is joined in one giant collective effort to keep the local water running its proper course – in a very literal sense. The process of milling the water out to the river gave rise to the tell-tale, deeply Dutch polder landscape that characterises Kinderdijk and its surroundings. Tour boat tickets can be purchased along with your entry (e-) tickets. Treat yourself to a profoundly relaxing trip and allow our skippers to take you from one visitor point to next, as they carry you across the glittering waters of the Kinderdijk basins.
You have a choice between two different types of tour, each with its own dedicated vessel. The maps show both tour routes from a bird’s eye perspective. Our Cruiser takes you on an extensive 30-minute tour across the water, during which the skipper sails past the windmills on a complete round trip. An ideal choice for anyone who likes the best opportunities for taking stunning pictures, because you’ll get the best view of the World Heritage grounds from the surface of the water. After a tour that last for about half an hour, the Cruiser will dock at the starting point of the trip: the jetty near the parking lot. This is a great place to proceed with your windmill adventure, with fully rested legs and a clear overview of the mill area.
Your tour boat (e-) ticket allows you to hop on and off board at any visitors point you like
The Hopper is our second tour boat. In contrast to the Cruiser, the Hopper allows you to hop on and off board on multiple locations. The Hopper makes rounds that last for about thirty minutes, stopping at four different points along its route: at the point of departure on the parking lot jetty; at both of the museum windmills, Blokker and Nederwaard; and at the Wisboomgemaal visitors centre. Your tour boat (e-) ticket is your proof of entry to board the boat and get off again at any of the visitors points, in any order you like. A great way to hop across the water and visit one of the museum mills at your leisure, after which you can just stroll over to the next Jetty and get back on board for your return trip. The Hopper lets you plot your own course all throughout your Kinderdijk visit.
Please do pay close attention when buying your Kinderdijk entry tickets, either online or at the cash register: adding a tour boat (e-) ticket allows you to make use of both the Hopper and Cruiser tour boats. With your tour boat (e-) ticket, you’ll be adding an extra dimension to your experience of a World Heritage site where everything starts and ends with water.
Boat tour time schedules
The Hopper and Cruiser do not sail all throughout the year. Of course, we need to take the weather into account: if it’s too stormy for smooth sailing, the boats stay on the shore. In good weather, our tour boats make their rounds throughout the following periods:
Cruiser “Vos & Zn.”: main season; from March through to October.
Hopper “Prins Friso”: all year round, except for the heart of winter (from December 31 until February 17).
The skippers of the Cruiser and Hopper start making their rounds at opening time. Half an hour before closing time, they make their last tour of the day. Please note: our opening and closing times vary from season to season. Reserving tour boat seats is not an option; departure times for the next tour are indicated by clocks placed at the jetties.
Both tour boats are suited to accommodate wheelchair users. Dogs are allowed on board. Both tour boats feature enough benches to get some rest while you sail, with large panoramic windows that provide a sweeping view across the water. The deck is accessible for those keen to feel the Dutch breeze in their hair, but both the Hopper and the Cruiser have covered seats available for anyone who prefers to remain dry and warm.
View Kinderdijk from the water
- Purchase your tour boat ticket online
‘Duiker’ group deal
Tour the Kinderdijk waters with a group
- Drift past the mills guided by your personal skipper
‘Duiker’ group deal
For groups of visitors, a boat tour of Kinderdijk is an experience anyone is sure to remember. Our ‘Duiker’ group deal was composed specifically with this goal in mind. The Duiker group deal includes a tour along the windmills for the entire company on the special-purpose tour boat ‘Djieuwke’. This group deal is only available by prior reservation. The ship is exclusively limited to your travel companions, so that you can enjoy the calm atmosphere and space aboard this unique vessel together as you marvel at the spectacular Dutch sights from the glistening surface of the water. On top of this, the Duiker group deal includes a visit to the Nederwaard museum windmill and a viewing of the multi-screen film at the Wisboomgemaal visitors centre. This is the perfect way for any group to experience all of Kinderdijk’s landmarks in a comprehensive package deal with your very own tour boat and dedicated skipper.
Meet our volunteers of World Heritage Kinderdijk
“Sailing and watching the windmills drift by is pure bliss!”
Niek de GierSkipper
"Even with eyes almost closed the windmills look pretty.''
Mieke de RegtCashier
“It’s a year-round holiday sensation.”
"A great way to spend retirement: staying active by being involved with the mills.”
“We don’t just show you the Kinderdijk windmills; we tell the tale of how the Dutch developed water management as the centuries passed!”
Dirk de RegtCashier
“Keep your mill facing the breeze; your sails will turn with ease.”
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