Hey There! It’s time for another blogpost and this time I will be telling you all about our trip to Kinderdijk. I’ve lived in the Netherlands for quite some time now, but there is still so much of the country I haven’t seen. Since Sharif and I have decided to not go on holiday this summer in order to save for a different trip, we thought it would be nice to visit some local attractions, cities and sights instead. One of the many places I’ve been wanting to visit for a while now is Kinderdijk. Last week we finally had some time and the weather was perfect for a day outside.
What is Kinderdijk?
About 50 percent of The Netherlands is below sea level, so the Dutch have found their own ingenious ways to prevent flooding. The Dutch mills you find at Kinderdijk are iconic, an integral part in this epic battle against water. These nineteen mills, of which seventeen were built between 1738 and 1740, helped keep Alblasserwaard dry and protected from floods. After the nineteenth and twentieth century the dutch slowly moved from using mills to using steam stations and later on using diesel and electric stations to keep the land dry.
There is actually nowhere in the world quite like Kinderdijk, where the history of water management has been so well preserved. Because of this, The Kinderdijk mills have found their way on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Being on this list means that the mills will have to be kept in their original state, which of course costs a lot of money. By visiting the mills you will not only learn a lot more about the rich history of the area, but buying a ticket also helps raise funds for preserving the mills and therefore preserving a piece of history.
How do you get to Kinderdijk?
Kinderdijk is about a 25 minute drive from Rotterdam, which makes it the perfect day trip. There are also a few different ways you can get to Kinderdijk with public transportation. You could take the train to Rotterdam Lombardijen station and take bus 90 to Utrecht Centraal or bus 93 to Dordrecht CS from there. Another option would be taking the waterbus. You would have to take the waterbus from Rotterdam to Ridderkerk and then from Ridderkerk to Kinderdijk. Plan your trip more accurately by using the 9292 website or by using Google maps.
What can we do there? At Kinderdijk they seemed to have thought of everything. There is a souvenir store nearby where you can rent a bike. It’s a very big area, so walking will definitely take a lot of time. Biking is however not the only way to get around. For 13,50 euros you could get a ticket that gives you access to the Museum, entrance to two of the windmills and a hop-on-boat or cruiser through the area. There are also picnic tables at every stop, which makes Kinderdijk probably the cutest picnic location ever! To top it all off, they also have this great app, for those of you who are a bit more tech savvy! Download the free app for in-depth audio tours and more information about the area.