The windmills of Kinderdijk are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Holland. Furthermore placed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in 1997. My whole life I lived only 15 kilometers away from these world famous windmills, but I never visited it until 2011. That year a friend from Singapore, who later became my girlfriend, visited Holland and I guided her around. Later I visited the windmills of Kinderdijk again multiple times.
There are 19 windmills in Kinderdijk. Overlooking the area from the dike, perhaps people won’t notice the different types of windmills. But the windmills are divided in 8 circular windmills made of stone at the Nederwaard and 8 octogonal windmills with thatched roofs at the Overwaard. Further De Blokker and two windmills near the village of Nieuw-Lekkerland. Besides the windmills also the dikes, reservoirs, modern pumping stations and administrative buildings can be seen.
Admission to the site with windmills is still free. One of the windmills and pumping station are open for public and can be seen for €6,-. Certainly the windmill is interesting. This because it shows how the windmill works and how the water got out of the polder. But it also shows how people lived in the windmill. There is a small living room with boxbed.
Spring and summer are peak seasons. Then it also is possible to make a guided cruise on the canal or to rent bicycles and discover the environment. Frequently the place is crowded, certainly in weekends when weather is good. Despite that for tourists the windmills of Kinderdijk are a must to visit. Read here how to get in Kinderdijk by public transport.