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Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout
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Kinderdijk showing a windmill and a river or creek

See the largest collection of authentic windmills in the Netherlands as you cycle or hike through this picturesque World Heritage site. 

Admire the well-preserved windmills and learn more about the Dutch efforts to claim land from the water at Kinderdijk. This UNESCO-listed site features 19 historic windmills, which were erected to prevent the village from being destroyed by water. Though they are no longer used for this purpose, the original windmills remain standing on the canal edges, looking out over the bleak and beautiful surrounding marshland.

Constructed in 1740, the windmills of Kinderdijk were built to pump water from the marshland between the Lek and Noord rivers into a nearby reservoir. Two modern pump houses have since taken over this job but all 19 windmills on either side of the canal remain in working condition.

Stroll along the canal and admire the perfectly preserved 18th-century windmills. Many people choose to discover the area on two wheels and several shops in the village offer bikes for rent throughout the year. Come in the summer to see the canals at their prettiest, when lily pads float on the surface and birds dip their bills into the water. During winter, the canals often freeze over.

As you explore, note the different types of traditional Dutch windmill present here. There are shorter hollow post mills as well as some of the tallest rotating cap mills in the country, which were built to catch as much wind as possible.

If you are interested in the mechanics of these amazing machines, be sure to step inside the Museum Windmill Nederwaard, housed in one of the old windmills. See how the various components work together to create the completely wind-driven water pump.

A short walk from here you’ll find the new pumping stations, where you can stop by the intriguing visitors’ center. Examine a digital scale model of the area and sit back and watch a film about the history of Kinderdijk and the importance of its windmills.

Kinderdijk can be reached by bus or waterbus from the center of Rotterdam. There is an admission fee to enter the pump house visitors’ center. If you are visiting during the months of July and August be sure to come on a Saturday when the windmills are in full operation.

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Fletcher Hotel De Witte Brug
Fletcher Hotel De Witte Brug
4 out of 5
Kerkweg 138, Lekkerkerk
The price is $76 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in Lekkerkerk, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout, Isala Theater, and Golf and Country Club Capelle ...
3.8/5Good! (178 reviews)
Relaxing.
"After spending time in busy the 'erdams it was nice to appreciate the countryside , the windmills of Kinderdijk and a gentle , quiet place.. there were only local tourists there, all from Holland.. that was nice a change to. All spoke English or were really kind to try"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

Fletcher Hotel De Witte Brug
2 Luxury 4 Bedroom Near Feyenoord / Ahoy Rotterdam
2 Luxury 4 Bedroom Near Feyenoord / Ahoy Rotterdam
Rotterdam, South Holland
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Located in Ijsselmonde, this vacation home is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from De Kuip Stadium and within 6 mi (10 km) of Luxor Theater and Erasmus University. SS Rotterdam ...
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Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

2 Luxury 4 Bedroom Near Feyenoord / Ahoy Rotterdam
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Fletcher Hotel De Witte Brug
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4 out of 5
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1 Luxury 4 Bedroom Near Feyenoord /ahoy Rotterdam
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