The area of Kinderdijk

The village of Kinderdijk is surrounded by a nature landscape called the ‘Groene Hart’ (Green Hart): an oasis of peace and quiet right in the middle of Holland’s very busy conurbation ‘De Randstad’. During a day trip to Kinderdijk, you will meet Holland below sea level…

Windmills of Kinderdijk

Kinderdijk is the only place in the world with so many windmills so close together in an authentic polder landscape. The nineteen mills, pumping stations, low and high 'boezems' (storage basins), ditches and sluices together form an ingenious water management system in the low-lying polders. This is a typical Dutch, world-class landscape with delightful views, overwhelming cloud formations and stunning nature.

Tip: are you looking for a nice day trip or must-see destination in the Netherlands to visit together with your friends or family? Be sure to stop by Kinderdijk and its astonishing surroundings!

The Kinderdijk windmills are considered a Dutch icon throughout the entire world. The seventeen windmills that were used for water drainage were built between 1738 and 1740. Before then, the area already had polder mills, two of which can still be seen. For many years, these windmills kept the low-lying, peat land of the Alblasserwaard dry. This land was continually threatened by floods and soil compaction. In Kinderdijk, the almost one thousand years of 'battling the water' is still visible in the polder landscape. It’s with good reason, that the Kinderdijk-Elshout windmill complex was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997.

Biking & hiking in Kinderdijk’s nature

The nature surrounding Kinderdijk is extremely diverse, ranging from flying birds to crawling amphibians, swimming fish and creeping weasels. Every now and then, rare plants are found and the insect population is huge. Thanks to the immense biodiversity, a walk or bike ride around Kinderdijk and the Alblasserwaard is an experience to remember. So are you visiting Holland and are you looking for a fun and unique day trip? Then you definitely don’t want to miss out on visiting Kinderdijk and exploring the surrounding area!

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