6 September 2021

FAQ Illumination Week 2021

Tonight the Illumination Week 2021 starts. Read the answers to the most frequently asked questions below. We wish you an enchanting visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Kinderdijk this week.

Opening hours Illumination Week 2021

From Monday 6 to Saturday 11 September the nineteen windmills and pumps of Kinderdijk UNESCO World Heritage will be illuminated from 8.00 pm to 10.30 pm during the 49th edition of the Illumination Week.


From 6.00 pm it is possible to park for free at Royal IHC, less than 5 minutes walking distance from the illuminated mills. Address for navigation: Smitweg 6, 2961 AW Kinderdijk.

P1 (parking lot at the visitor center) & P2 (parking lot at the top) are limited available (for disabled) people.
Parking costs for P1 and P2 are  € 7.50 per ticket.


All visitors enter the area via the regular entrance at the Visitor Center. The roof of the Visitor Center is also open and illuminated in the evenings.

Tickets boat tour

From Monday to Saturday, ‘De Beatrix’ and ‘Friso’ sail every night. The boats sail every quarter of an hour, between 8.15 pm and 9:45 pm.

Tickets are for sale during the Illumination Week at the counter in the Visitors Centre, reserving a spot in advance is not possible. The cruise costs € 8.75 per person, a ticket for children between 4 and 12 years is € 4.75.

A ticket includes a voucher for a drink in our Kinderdijk-cafe and an onboard host who will tell you all about the history of Kinderdijk.

Opening hours Souvenirshop en Giftshop

From Monday to Thursday the café is open until 5.30 pm and from 7.45 pm till 10.30 pm. On Friday and Saturday the cafe is open all day. The opening hours of the gift shop are the same as the café.

Blue hour

During the blue hour, the light is temporarily extra blue and that can produce beautiful, atmospheric photos.
Three photography tips:
1. Don’t wait too long, because in reality the blue hour lasts only about fifteen minutes.
2. Use a tripod because of the slower shutter speed.
3. With a slow shutter speed, the water in your photo also gets a beautiful milky color.


On Friday 11 September there will be a mini-market at Playground ‘t Balkengat in the village of Kinderdijk, between 4:00 pm – 10.00 pm.

COVID measures

The health of our guests, staff, volunteers and residents is at the top of the list at all times. Enjoying this unique part of Holland is perfectly possible at some distance from each other. We therefore ask you to respect the 1.5 meter distance also in te Illumination week.

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