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“The windmills are picture perfect!”

UNESCO World Heritage Kinderdijk
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Small Group Tour to UNESCO World Heritage Kinderdijk and The Hague including...
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Kinderdijk UNESCO World Heritage site is a unique icon of Dutch water management and control. All the phases of the history of our struggle against water are still visible here. The unique collection of 19 mills in an authentic Dutch landscape is an eye catcher. Museum windmill Nederwaard shows how families lived and worked in our mills around 1900. And in Museum windmill Blokweer you can experience working as a miller. View our multi-screen film in the Visitors Centre, located in the former steam-driven pumping station. Get on board of our electric vessel, the Prince Friso, and view Kinderdijk from the water. Feel the wind, smell the water and listen to the sound of the windmills. The Kinderdijk World Heritage site is open almost the entire year!
Reviewed December 12, 2012

To make your way here from Amsterdam, take a train from Central Station to Utrecht Central Station, which is roughly half an hour's ride. Upon reaching Utrecht, walk out of the gentry into the huge spacious area and cross over to the Jaarbeursplein bus bay. this will take less than 10 mins. At the bus bay, take bus 90 which is headed to Rotterdam. The bus ride is roughly 1.5 hours long and costs EUR 10 for a single trip. Get off at Molenkade busstop which is directly in front of the windmill complex entrance. Entry is free. Note that the bus back only arrives on the hour.

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Reviewed December 3, 2012

We knew it was off season but we were going to Rotterdam anyway and it's only a 30 minute drive.

No parking fee as it was off season (5 euros otherwise). The mills didn't have access to see inside but we were able to take some great photographs of them. Very scenic and beautiful place.

There is a gift-shop close by next to the road leading to the car park and they server tea and have (paid) loo facilities etc.

Offseason might be best as there were very few visitors when we arrived. We had warm clothing and umbrellas which is required during November.

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Reviewed November 26, 2012

I have been to the Netherlands a few times but never got a chance to see the windmills properly. This time I made up my mind to see them. I was debating between going to Zaanse Schans or Kinderdijk. After learning that they are different kinds of windmills, I decided to visit the UNESCO site with the windmills for water management rather than seeing the ones for industrial/agricultural use. It was the end of the summer season. To our surprise, the weather was really good, and we enjoyed the lovely visit to Windmill #2, which was open to the public with great exhibit of life inside a windmill. The walk down the path with windmills on both side was really pleasant. We realized that we didn't even need to get on the boat to see the windmills well. The only thing to watch out for is the train and bus schedules if you we're like us visiting from Amsterdam on a Sunday. 9292.nl is a great website to use. It tells you what public transport to take at what time when you want to go from point A to point B. But still need to check and see whether there is sufficient time for transfer especially if you need to buy individual train tickets at each station.

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

There are only the windmills and the walking path if you arrive in the off season, but there are almost no visitors, which gives you a unique feeling visiting Kinderdijk. We followed the signs, parked our car for free (5 euros during season weekend, for weekdays there is a car park further away), saw the pumping station and then the windmills themselves. It is a lovely walk in the surrounding of beautiful landscapes. Both the visitors centre and the mill you can see from inside were closed from 28th October, but it did not take any joy away from us. It was a lovely walk in a crispy November morning. Really beautiful place to visit, highly recommended.

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

We expected to see a few wind-mills then go on with our trip, but we finally spent a few hours there.
An interesting video (multi screens) explains the site. It was quite funny as well.
The visit of a wind-mill itself is impressive.
We then had a nice walk around the site, along the canal, watching ducks, wind-mills and an overall beautiful scenery (full of tourists, but this was not disturbing).
It is a pity there was no proper place to have a nice cup of coffee on the site.

Thank Yael D
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