The Windy Windmills of Kinderdijk
The history of Kinderdijk
This iconic UNESCO World Heritage site is called Kinderdijk and is one of the Netherland’s most visited touristic sights. Kinderdijk is the most populous location of windmills in the Netherlands containing 19 windmills. These are used to pump water from the polders up to the higher laying river, ‘De Lek’. This is done to prevent the land and houses from being flooded by water. The windmills of Kinderdijk have managed the water for 741 years and counting.
We visited Kinderdijk just after New Year. Before visiting I advise you, to check the website of Kinderdijk. On the day that we went, repairs were taking place on one museum, so some attractions were closed (but the tickets were cheaper). Furthermore, you should arrive early, around 10-11 am, to have the best experience as not too many people are crowding the paths. We parked the car and headed up the path towards the mills. At the entrance, there is a small tourist office that sells tickets for the museums inside the windmills. You do not need a ticket for simply walking around and taking pictures. As you can see from the pictures, we did not have the best luck with the weather. It was cold and windy, but that did not ruin our trip. We believe that this iconic landscape can be beautiful in all weather conditions.
Living in a windmill
As I said earlier, there are a few museums accessible at Kinderdijk. These show how the millers lived and how the Dutch have managed to conquer the rivers in the area. It is interesting to see how well organised they were and how cosy they lived. Unfortunately, only one museum was opened on the date that we visited. The house in the windmill was not as small as expected and very cosy. On the bottom floor, there was a kitchen with a dining table and relaxation area. In the middle of the room, you could see a part of the windmill mechanism. On the same floor was a bedroom with traditional bed called ‘bedstee’. This bed is enclosed in cupboard-like furniture and looks has doors and drawers underneath.
Back to blogging
We have been gone for quite some time now, but we are planning to keep this blog up to date. We have already a few cool trips planned. So expect new blog posts soon.