UNESCO World Heritage: Windmills of Kinderdijk

A visit to Kinderdijk gives you the extraordinary opportunity to visit a UNESCO World Heritage in Holland. In 1997, the windmill complex of Kinderdijk was added to the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list because of its unique character. UNESCO considers the polder area with its dykes, boezems, mills and pumping stations to be proof of human inventiveness in reclaiming and protecting the land. This is worldwide recognition of the fact that this unique area must be preserved for the future.

Mill complex Kinderdijk: a unique piece of history

The gorgeous windmills of Kinderdijk are part of a unique phenomenon. Nowhere else in the world can you find the complete history of water management at a single location. The windmills and pumping stations drain the excess water from the Alblasserwaard into the river Lek via the Elshout sluices. Subsequently, the river discharges the water into the sea.

Your visit supports World Heritage site Kinderdijk

Being listed on the World Heritage list is accompanied by an obligation: all mills must be kept in their original state. The resulting costs are € 15,000 per mill per year. Governmental bodies subsidise some of the costs, but your visit to the Kinderdijk windmill complex is vital to the continued existence of this iconic World Heritage as well.

For the remainder of the costs, Foundation World Heritage Kinderdijk depends on its sponsors, donations, ticket sales, etc. Your day trip to Kinderdijk supports the preservation of this unique piece of history!

So plan a trip to Kinderdijk, visit the windmills and help preserve this extraordinary Dutch World Heritage!

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