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.