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    Kinderdijk: a world famous attraction!
    Kinderdijk is a small village 15 km east of Rotterdam with the largest concentration of old windmills in the world! The 18th century windmills of Kinderdijk are one of the major tourist sites in the Netherlands and are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The best things in life are free: The windmills in Kinderdijk are located at a public road and can be visited for free!

    History of the Kinderdijk windmills
    The windmills in Kinderdijk have got a long history, that goes back to around 1740. The windmills were built to keep the inhabitants of the Kinderdijk polder dry. The mills played an important role as a pump to regulate the water level to protect Kinderdijk from flooding, as the most of the land in Kinderdijk is below sea level. Nowadays the windmills have been replaced by a fully automated water pump stations, but the windmills are still in a pretty good condition. The Kinderdijk windmills are still operational but serve other purposes.

    Go for a walk along the Kinderdijk mills
    Kinderdijk offers 19 historic windmills, which are located along the dikes and roads which are also used by the local villagers. The windmill park can be visited 24/7. At night the windmills are beautifully illuminated. Cars are not allowed and to get really close to the mills you have to go for a walk or ride a bike, but this is the best way to take some pictures anyway!

    Inside the Kinderdijk windmills
    The museum windmill is open to the public and you can experience yourself how the Dutch ancestors kept their lowlands dry. Nowadays, the museum mill is not inhabited anymore, but you can still get a good impression of how the life of a miller must have been. All the old pots, pans, wooden shoes and traditional tapestry that were used in the mill are still there.

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    Kinderdijk boat tours
    A boat tour through Kinderdijk is a great way to explore the Windmills. During the 30 minutes tour you get very close to the beautiful old mills! Tickets are sold on board and reservations are not required! Please note that the boat tours only take place from April till October!

    Bike rental Kinderdijk
    The easiest, cheapest and most original way to discover the old windmills is by bike. At Alblasserdam Tourist Information they have rental bikes at €12,50 per day. From Rotterdam Central Station, get there by Waterbus line 20 to Alblasserdam Kade. The Alblasserdam Tourist Information is located within walking distance from the waterbus stop.

    Boat tour from Rotterdam to Kinderdijk
    Rebus shipping company offers boat excursions from Rotterdam to Kinderdijk. On a ferryboat you sail nonstop from Boompjes (next to the Erasmus Bridge) to the windmills in Kinderdijk. During this 60 minute boat trip you will see the skyline of Rotterdam and you will get information in English about all sights. After your arrival in Kinderdijk you have an hour to visit the Kinderdijk windmills before the departure back to Rotterdam. If you prefer to organize your own boat tour from Rotterdam to Kinderdijk you can also take the regular Waterbus service.

    Want to see even more windmills?
    Are you staying in Rotterdam, but you don't have enough time to visit the Kinderdijk windmills? The historic windmills which are located nearby at Lake Kralingen in Rotterdam are also worth a visit.

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  • OPENING HOURS Kinderdijk Holland

    The Kinderdijk windmill park is open all year long, day and night. These are the opening hours for the visitor windmill:

    April - October

    November - March


    9:30 am - 5:30 pm



    9:30 am - 5:30 pm



    9:30 am - 5:30 pm



    9:30 am - 5:30 pm



    9:30 am - 5:30 pm



    11 am - 4 pm

    11 am - 4 pm


    11 am - 4 pm

    11 am - 4 pm

    Kinderdijk Boat Tours departure times
    Boat tours are available from April till October. The first departure starts at 10am and the last departure is at 5pm.

  • TICKETS Kinderdijk Holland

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    A walking tour within the Kinderdijk windmill park is free.

    Boat Tour Kinderdijk

    Children under 4


    Children 4 through 12


    Adults 13 and above


    Museum Mill Kinderdijk

    Children under 6


    Children 6 through 12


    Adults 13 and older


  • PARKING Kinderdijk Holland

    Kinderdijk Windmills by bus or ferry
    The Kinderdijk windmills are located 15 km east of Rotterdam. From Rotterdam Central Station, get there by bus line 90 from Rotterdam Lombardijen (direction Utrecht) and stop at Kinderdijk Molenkade. Another great way to travel to Kinderdijk from downtown Rotterdam is by waterbus line 20 (direction Dordrecht) and change in Ridderkerk (De Schans) for line 6 to Kinderdijk. Triptime is 60 minutes. Departure times may vary due to weather conditions and on public holidays. Avoid disappointment and always check the current time table at with keyword ‘Reisplanner’ or via the public transport journey planner For Ferry line 6 to Kinderdijk please check

    Kinderdijk windmills parking
    On motorway A15 (direction Den Bosch /Arnhem) take exit 22 Alblasserdam and follow the signs Kinderdijk. You can pay to park your car close to the windmill park for €5,00. During the weekend you can park your car for free at the corporate car park of IHC Holland.

    Visit Kinderdijk by horse coach
    Groups from over 10 persons can also book a horse coach tour to Kinderdijk. From Rotterdam Central Station, get there by Waterbus line 20 to waterbus stop Alblasserdam Kade. From there a horse coach will pick you up and will take you you to the Kinderdijk windmills. The tour takes 150 minutes. A reservation is required on

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