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Kinderdijk Windmills in Nederlands

May 31, 2017
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Kinderdijk is about 1.5 hr distance from Amsterdam and 30 minutes from Rotterdam. This small village is hiding one of  the most authentic and poetic-looking windmills in Netherlands. Kinderdijk is home to 19 monumental windmills which date from early 1700’s. Once used for managing the waters so the river doesn’t flood the inhabitants, today the windmills are part of UNESCO patrimony, as well as a tourist point of interest.

We stopped there on our way to Amsterdam, during our weekend getaway from Paris. On the spot we spend about an hour strolling around. Unfortunately, we didn’t take the time to visit the museum that features details from the days when the windmills were functional, even though I think it is a must if you are interested in how a windmill works. Kinderdijk let’s you take a glimpse into dutch history and represents a sign of people’s determination. As you know, dutch people were always struggling with water floods because about a third of the country’s territory is situated below the sea level. During centuries, they developed  solutions that allow them to live and thrive disregarding the unfriendly natural conditions. This standing windmills are not only a postcard perfect view, but also an iconic symbol of the country and its accomplishments.

If you have more time to spend there, you can rent a bike and discover the picturesque landscapes around the site. Also, they offer boat trips that will take you along the canal and let you enjoy the beautiful views. Being there, you get this special feeling from standing next to such old structures. The place itself sends peaceful vibes and looks like an excerpt from a canvas painting. While there, it is fairly simple to start daydreaming about the times when people used to live in this windmills.

Also, right after the parking lot, you will find a small gift shop where you can buy  your memorabilia to keep your experience alive. You will also find arranged photo props where for just few cents you can take fun pictures, which you can send as personalized postcards later on.

Have you already been to Kinderdijk ? What are your thoughts regarding this destination?

See you soon, 
Victoria V.

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply Daniella June 2, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Your photos are beautiful and it looks like such a great historical place to visit! I will be in the Netherlands in August and will dfinitely be making this one of my stops! Thank you fo sharing! 🙂

    • Reply Victoria June 5, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Thank you, Daniella. I am sure you will enjoy this place and you will have great time in Nederlands.

  • Reply Nikki June 4, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    This place looks so beautiful! I love windmills, so picturesque. 🙂

    • Reply Victoria June 5, 2017 at 9:57 am

      I totally agree with you, Nikki. It is a beautiful place 😊

  • Reply 2nomadicportagee June 12, 2017 at 4:01 am

    Love the post

  • Reply lifewiselady June 17, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I have long wanted to visit the windmills. Your pictures and descriptions are very compelling. Looks like I’ll have to plan my trip.

    • Reply Victoria June 18, 2017 at 1:21 am

      Thank you, Jennifer! With sceneries like this is almost impossible to get a bad picture. Enjoy when you get there!

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