A visit to the windmill complex at Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997, is a must when you head to the southern part of Netherlands.
Kinderdijk is pretty far from Amsterdam, so my first suggestion would be to get up early if you plan to go here and make the most out of your trip! From Amsterdam Centraal station, you should go down two stops later at Utrecht Centraal. It takes around 30 minutes only. Tickets can be bought at the station, or on their website where you can check the price and schedule ahead of time.
At Utrecht Centraal station, there’s a bus station below. Bus 90 to Rotterdam Zuidplein is what you need to ride as it passes by Kinderdijk. I bought the ticket on the bus for €10,00, and it’s approximately one and a half hours journey before you reach your destination. Quite long, but the countryside was definitely a fantastic view!
Once you arrive, you have to cross the street and there you will see a souvenir shop in front. The lady inside gladly directed me to where the windmill complex is after I had asked her. It’s a few meters walk until you see the ticket sales booth.
I bought my entrance ticket on their website tho, because if you do so, you will get 10% off. Optionally, you may also get a Kinderdijk brochure and map at additional cost, which I did, but honestly isn’t much needed.
Children from 4-12 years: € 5,50
Children 3 years and below: Free
Kinderdijk Brochure + Map: € 2,00
You can choose to either rent a bike or walk going to the windmills. I chose the latter as it’s not even that far! Do take note that most of the windmills are private, and there’s only two that are open to public.
So what’s so special about these Dutch windmills? There’s 19 of them to be exact and all were built in the early 1700’s. They were built to keep the land from flooding and have since been preserved in its original state from inside out. In 1997, the windmill complex of Kinderdijk was added to the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list.
Inside Museum Windmill Nederwward is a showcase of Dutch culture. It’s very interesting to see photos, furniture and other belongings of the Dutch people from the old times.
“God Created the World, but the Dutch created the Netherlands” is a famous Dutch saying. It comes from the fact that the Dutch have made many lakes and parts of the sea dry, creating polders, because large part of Netherlands is below sea level.
Did you know that without the existing dikes, 65 percent of this country would be flooded daily? Anyway, more photos below that would make you feel inspired to travel to this place! The windmills paired with the blue sky, clouds and lush field just make the whole thing stunning!
Now onto the nineteenth windmill – Museum Windmill Blokweer. Contrary to the other 18 mills, this one is not really located within the precincts of Kinderdijk village, part of the Molenwaard, but in the adjacent Alblasserdam. Documentaries about the ingenious mechanism of the upper deck of the Blokweer windmill are being played inside.
After exploring the windmills, I headed back and saw this lady selling ice cream. Even though it wasn’t that hot, at least for me, I thought an ice cream stop would be nice!
I also stopped by another souvenir shop, the one behind the ticket sales booth. Besides the usual souvenirs, there they also sell cheeses. And just like wines, the older they are, the better! Actually, cheese is famous in the whole Netherlands, not just in the southern part.
Lastly, you may visit Wisboom pumping station that is now the Kinderdijk Visitors Centre. It’s situated on the right side if facing the main road. Here you can have a break after walking or cycling, and enjoy some drinks. You can also find more souvenirs, and there’s a room where they show a film about the Kinderdijk windmill area.
It’s free to watch the film so you might wanna check it out if you wanna know more about the history of this place. At the entrance, they will let you know if the film has started or not. It’s pretty short so you don’t really wait for a long time, and don’t worry about getting bored.
This place is hands down one of the BEST I visited during this whole Europe trip! Big thanks to Weiwei for suggesting it! Now going back to Amsterdam, I basically just did the reverse: ride a Bus 90 to Utrecht Centraal station, then go to Amsterdam Centraal station from there. Goodbye gorgeous Kinderdijk!