THE WINDMILLS AT KINDERDIJK
An unmissable excursion to admire one of the symbols of Holland, the mythical windmills and, in particular, the original ones in Kinderdijk dating back to the 18th century and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A unique occasion to see these mills that are still active and understand how they work.
What we will see
- Coach ride through the Dutch polders dotted with canals and farms
- Kinderdijk windmills: a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Visit to a windmill
- Delfshaven quarter
- Brief stop for photos
What we will do
- We set off on our excursion towards the Rotterdam suburbs and across the Dutch polders dotted by canals and farms as far as the village of Kinderdijk.
- The area of Kinderdijk, which in Dutch means “Children’s dam”, boasts 19 original windmills dating back to 1740 and most of which are still working to this day. 9 have a rounded shape and 10 have an octagonal shape and they are arranged in parallel rows.
- Precisely due to this high concentration of old mills, the site is one of the most popular destinations in the Netherlands and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
- While there, one of the owners will show us the inside of a windmill explaining how it works and how maintenance is carried out.
- After our visit, we head to Delfshaven, one of the oldest and best preserved districts in Rotterdam which was spared by the bombings during the Second World War.
- In the 14th century it used to be a river port located 13 km north of the city of Delft and was used for maritime trade and shipbuilding. The Dutch East India Company had large docks in the area and, in July 1620, a group of Pilgrim Fathers left Delfshaven headed for America. It became an independent municipality in 1811 and was absorbed by Rotterdam in 1886.
- Before returning to our ship, we stop to take a few photos.
What you need to know
- This excursion includes a walk over partly cobbled surfaces which lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- The windmill features steep steps.