* Visit a working windmill
* 19 historic windmills in a small village
The windmills in Kinderdijk have got a long history, that goes back to around 1740. The windmills were built to keep the inhabitants of the Kinderdijk polder dry. The windmills played an important role as a pump to regulate the water level to protect Kinderdijk from flooding, as the most of the land in Kinderdijk is below sea level. Nowadays the windmills have been replaced by a fully automated water pump stations, but the windmills are still in a pretty good condition. The Kinderdijk windmills are still operational but serve other purposes.
One of the windmills is opened for visitors during the tourist season, and at most of the days its operational too. While visiting the windmill, anyone can get a pretty good idea about the functioning of the windmill and the lifestyle back then. All the old pots, pans, wooden shoes and traditional tapestry that were used in the mill are still there. To make the historic setting more realistic, you get to wear an authentic miller’s overall and dutch wooden shoes.
During the 2nd complete week of september the Kinderdijk windmills are lighted at night, which is called mills in floodlight. This attracts many visitors from all over the world,a nd can be recomended to anyone. In the mean time enjoy this website and tell us what you think about it.
A boat tour through Kinderdijk is a great way to explore the Windmills. During the 30 minutes tour you get very close to the beautiful old mills!
Please note that the boat tours only depart from April till October!
Set up your own trip and book your visit now at Bakker Travel. We arrange transport and tickets for small groups from 9 persons and more!