Kinderdijk’s Windmills

One day was spent at Kinderdijk, seeing the beautiful windmills while walking the length of the canals.


Twenty-three kilometers east of Rotterdam on the River Noord is the village of Kinderdijk (translated – the “children’s dyke”). Kinderdijk took its name from a local legend of a cradle being stranded nearby during the St. Elizabeth’s Day flood of 1421. These days it is one of the most-visited, and photographed, area in the Netherlands due to the nineteen 18th century windmills (build between 1722-1761), designed as water pumps, that still dot the landscape. They are all designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are the largest surviving concentration of windmills in the country). The windmills are celebrated during “Mill Days” when the sails are set in motion.

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