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“Nice photography opportunity, long bus ride.”

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!
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“Nice photography opportunity, long bus ride.”
Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

The mill network is quintessential Holland and I'm always a sucker for UNESCO world heritage sights. To get the best pictures, you need to walk up the main road a bit, so as to capture all 19 windmills at the same time. Brace yourself for about a one hour bus ride from Utrecht Central station, but it is a very scenic route through the countryside. If waiting awhile for your return bus, visit the Buena Vista next door! Also, bring warm clothes - it is very windy and you are by the water.

Visited April 2013
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“Wonder of old technology and what it can teach us”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is a wonderful place. UNESCO Heritage site.

Dotted with windmills everywhere you turn around a fascinating canal/river system.

We can learn a lot from how man in the past harnessed nature to his uses rather than the current charge headlong, damn the environment attitude and love of all things plastic and artificiality.

There is an easy walking route to follow, adequate parking facilities with a little cafe and souvenir shop. Ducks and sheep abound, its just beautiful. You could rent a bicycle and traipse through the route.

The windmills look right out of an old disney movie, that is how beautiful the whole setting is and it is a testament to the ingenuity of man which we should appreciate and cherish.

Visited April 2013
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“Mindblowing and Magical place!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I went there beginning of April 2013 and it was really the best thing we saw in the entire Netherlands since Keukenhof hadn't quite blossomed yet. An absolute must if you go to the Netherlands is to visit this place with a number of windmills located on both sides of the canal/river. We took a boat trip which lasted 30min and was very reasonable at £5.50 for adults. This took us all the way to the end of the windmills. You will see windmills as old as from the 18th century. None of these were running, but it was still worth visiting this place which is unique and like no other in the world.

It was very windy and cold so we couldn't quite take a walk around the place but the boat trip really saved the day for us. The landscape is absolutely astonishing and you will definitely love the place, especially because it's free to walk around the windmills.

Visited April 2013
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“Wow, Windmills!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a World Heritage UNESCO site and a must when visiting the Netherlands. You walk on dikes along the river and marvel at the windmills lined up on both sides. It is only 6 euros to get in. You are allowed to go inside a shed where all the original tools of the millers are saved from 1000 years ago! A guide explains the workings of a windmill. Then you can go inside a real working mill and visit the small family room/bedrm of the miller and climb up the narrow, steep staircase to observe the workings of the blades of the mill itself. Since the introduction of electricity and diesel fuel to run the mills, millers are no longer on salary. If they choose to live inside a mill and maintain it, they must have a second job. All personnel keeping this industry alive are also volunteering their time.

Visited April 2013
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“Not 'Run of the Mill'”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

The Kinderdijk Windmills are certainly a sight to behold. 19 pristine Windmills set along the banks of a canal formation including a full working mill where you can walk around and enjoy the past.

We arrived at the Mill Network where there was limited Parking spaces near the entrance to the canal path (mainly because the main car park was full up with coaches) but there did seem to be numerous other areas where parking was permitted, some with time restrictions or mostly that charge.

At the entrance to the Canal system, there is an opportunity to take a boat tour to see the windmills or you can choose to walk alongside the canals and windmills at no charge. We chose the walk, which gave us the opportunity to stop and admire the different Windmills (some of which seem to be converted and lived in) and visit the museum which is a fully functional mill (extra cost).

The path network is well maintained and suitable for Bikes, Push Chairs and Wheelchairs although some of the bridges may require additional assistance.

There is a small cafe and shop back at the entrance and also a workshop area where visitors can view the systems used to maintain the Windmills.

A great day with wonderful views and interesting settings (especially when the weather is fine).

Visited April 2013
Thank Andy G
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