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Windmills of Kinderdijk

Windmills of Kinderdijk

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39 Reviews
Nederwaard 1, Kinderdijk, Netherlands, 2961

The Basics

Marked walking and cycling trails lead visitors around the windmills and afford magnificent views of the canals, mills, and dykes. At the visitor center, located in the Wisboom Pumping Station, a film tells the story of Kinderdijk and its windmills, while two of the windmills are open to the public as museums, offering behind-the-scenes peeks into a working mill. Admission tickets include entrance to the visitor center exhibitions, windmill museums, and an audio guide. (It is free to view the windmills from the outside.) Boat tours around the canals are also available, offering stunning views of the windmills and the surrounding countryside.

Most visitors choose to visit on a half-day tour from Rotterdam, but day trips from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and the Hague often also include a stop at Kinderdijk.

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UNESCO'S Kinderdijk and The Hague Small Group Tour with Museum Visit
UNESCO'S Kinderdijk and The Hague Small Group Tour with Museum Visit
$192.12 per adult
Traveler Favorite
An excellent way to see important sights of Netherlands and Belgium
The tour was just the right size. A total of 6 visitors in a Mercedes minivan. The sights were extremely worth seeing, especially through the very knowledgeable eyes and words of our guide. It was rainy and windy most of the day but that didn't bother or minimize our enjoyments of the Delft factory, the Kinderdijk windmills, the fabulous Maritshuis Museum in the Hague or the very intimate sightseeing tour of the Hague.
georgemI2889BQ, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Rotterdam

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Kinderdijk & the Hague N&LM
I9429PDlouism, Aug 2019
Full day tour with luxury minivan to Kinderdijk & the Hague & Canal Cruise
Outstanding day. The tour of both Kinderdijk and The Hague were great. Be sure to take the boat cruise in Kinderdijk. The view of the windmills is better from the canal.
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Excellent trip
Una_C, Sep 2020
UNESCO'S Kinderdijk and The Hague Small Group Tour with Museum Visit
Excellent trip. The windmills really were something special. There are museum ones you can enter and look around. Plenty of information provided about how they work and their history. The stop and the delft factory was really lovely. It gave a great overview of how it's made and there is absolutely no pressure to buy anything. The tour of the Hague included all the highlights and it was great to see the painting"Girl with a pearl earring". Bram is an excellent guide and really it is he who makes the trip so good. He is very personable and easy going and full of information. He was enthusiastic and really wanted us to have a good trip.
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Amazing tour !
jewel0baby, Nov 2019
All Inclusive, Authentic Private Tour Rotterdam and Kinderdijk
We love our tour! After I booked the tour, our tour guide Amin contacted me asking if we have any specific interest or request. He gave me a clear instruction on meeting point and direction how to get there. I already felt that we are in good hands. Amin was on time, very organized, and well-planned. He explained the schedule, asked how we felt about doing this and that , so it’s really personal . We went to so many spots in a day from 10am-7:30pm. We had good dinner and souvenirs. It’s a long day but he kept good energy to guide us. Amin is knowledgeable and caring . He also helped us to take many pics. It’s a very satisfying tour and everything is included. Highly recommend to people don’t want to plan anything and want to see all in a day. Thank you Amin!
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Wonderful Conclusion of Netherlands Stay!
Ganesh Kumar D, Nov 2019
Private Experience to Kinderdijk Windmills from (Greater) Amsterdam (2-7 pax)
After 5 days stay in Netherlands, we were having one more day before taking our flight back to India and wanted to visit UNESCO Heritage sites of Netherlands; however, it was not possible to complete and be at airport in time. Trip Adviser Tour of Kinderdijk came in our sight @ Euro 99/- per person in a group of 1-7 tourists; however, while booking the tour prices were showing different and very high. I called on the helpline number and understood the reason. With the lady on the other side of the helpline, entire itinerary as Private Tour was explained including picking us from our hotel in Delft and drop at airport by 18.30 hrs to be in time for our departure flight. Our booking was confirmed after explaining all the conditions for which the patience and perseverance of the helpline executive is laudable. Then on the next day, we were confirmed about our visit and my request for early start and another visit of Royal delft Pottery was readily agreed by our wonderful tour guide and companion. During the travel, she explained all features of Netherlands, their inhabitants and landmarks on the way. and made our tour highly educative, fruitful and engaging. She suggested good points for observation of landmarks, took some of our best photographs in wonderful background of Kinderdijk backgrounds. A wonderful experience; although a bit costly but after knowing about the expenses on maintaining the road vehicle in the Netherlands, there is no remorse. Thanks! Trip Adviser and viator for exceptional experience.
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Wonderful Tour, beautiful scenery!
PAADAB, Sep 2019
Kinderdijk Photography tour
We were picked up at our hotel and walked to the boat that took us to Kinderdijk. We walked around and viewed the different windmills and gardens, it was beautiful. They had a great video about the area and how the windmills helped with the water. We got to go in one working mill and it had lots of photos and was set up inside with period furniture. It was fascinating. There are a couple places to get drinks and snacks too! Our guide was very nice! You don't need to do "photography" to do this tour!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Windmills of Kinderdijk is a lovely outing for first-time visitors to the area and those looking for a bucolic respite from Rotterdam.

  • The visitor center has a café, gift shop, and restrooms.

  • The walking trails and boat tours around the windmills are accessible to wheelchairs, but the windmill museums are not.

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How to Get There

Kinderdijk village is located around 14 miles (22 kilometers) southeast of Rotterdam, about a 30-minute drive. From Rotterdam, take the metro to Rotterdam Zuidplein, from where buses run to Kinderdijk, or catch a boat from the Boompjeskade (April to October only). From Amsterdam, it’s just over an hour’s drive.

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When to Get There

The Windmills of Kinderdijk museums and visitor center are open year-round, although hours vary throughout the year. You can walk along the canals and admire the windmills at any time, though a particularly magical time is during the weeklong Illumination Festival in September, when the windmills are lit up at night.

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Windmills of the Netherlands

The windmills of Kinderdijk and other locations around the Netherlands are more than scenic—they help to manage the high water levels and prevent flooding throughout the notoriously low-lying country. Most of the polder mills in Kinderdijk served as pumping stations and were part of a complex water management system that included dykes, canals, and reservoirs. Although more modern systems are in place today, some of the mills still function as backups.

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