The Netherlands may be a tiny country, but one should never underestimate it going by its size. It has so much to offer to anyone visiting it. We lived in Netherlands for two years and have some beautiful memories of our time there. The country is synonymous with Tulips, windmills, cheese, wooden clogs, canals , bicycles and Delft earthenware. Whenever someone asks us for day trip options from Amsterdam, in addition to Keukenhof Gardens and Zaanse Schans we also recommend a day trip to Kinderdijk Windmill Park . It is a must because it is undoubtedly the best place to see windmills in Holland. Kinderdijk is a tiny village located 15 km east of Rotterdam with the largest and finest concentration of old windmills in the world. It is a world famous attraction . These 18th century windmills of Kinderdijk are one of the major tourist sites in the Netherlands are also on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. There are a total of 19 historic windmills that are located along dikes and roads which are used by the local villagers.
Tips to Plan that Perfect Day Trip to Kinderdijk Windmill Park
How to get to Kinderdijk?
THE EASIEST WAY TO GET TO KINDERDIJK
By train and bus
– Kinderdijk is easily accessible from Amsterdam via both Rotterdam and Utrecht. Take the NS train to Rotterdam Central Station and from there, take the metro to Rotterdam Zuidplein, and then bus number 154 to Kinderdijk. If you plan to go to Kinderdijk via Utrecht, then take the NS train to Utrecht Central Station, then bus number 154 to Kinderdijk.
- Kinderdijk can also be easily reached on public transportation from Rotterdam or Utrecht. Direct buses run mostly every hour.
– From April 3 to October 3, visitors can take a boat from Rotterdam to Kinderdijk. From Rotterdam Central Station you have to take tram number 8 or 25 or the metro line “Erasmuslijn” to the Leuvehaven stop. Boats depart from the Boompjeskade.
- – Drivers can also reach Kinderdijk from Amsterdam via Rotterdam or Utrecht. From Amsterdam via Rotterdam, take the A4, A13, A20, A16, and A15 to exit 22. Via Utrecht, take the A2, A27, and A15 to exit 22.
How much is it to enter Kinderdijk ?
It is actually free to enter Kinderdijk. However if you wish to enter the main windmill museum then you need to purchase a ticket for the same. The ticket costs 7,5 EUR for an adult and 5 EUR for the kids. The Ticket includes a short film at the visitor’s centre where you get to know a bit about the history of the area.
What is there to do and see in Kinderdijk?
Kinderdijk is a fantastic option for an outing/ picnic. It is stunningly beautiful, easily accessible, baby friendly and there is so much to see and do that one can spend anywhere from just an hour or half a day . If you are wondering on what to do in Kinderdijk then we give you several options below.
Special Events during Windmill season–
If you are visiting Kinderdijk during the windmill season ( April to October end|) then you will be able to participate in concerts, markets etc. Always look up on the Kinderdijk Website for information.
Cycling along the path–
The windmills in Kinderdijk are located at a public road and can be visited for free. We personally feel that the best way to enjoy this place is to rent bikes and cycle along the whole stretch. We hired bikes by paying a small fee of 2.5 -3 euros / hour.
Walking along the windmill stretch –
There is a beautiful pedestrian route that visitors can take to go past all the 19 ancient windmills. The walk is not that long and one can easily complete it one way in about 20-40 minutes depending on ones speed . You can download the map from the Kinderdijk website. As the windmill park is open 24/7, it is a great idea to visit it at night time if you can. This way you get to see the windmills beautifully illuminated and they are surely a treat to ones eyes.
Visit a vintage windmill –
Make a trip to an authentic age old windmill to see how it functions. Admission is € 3.50 for adults, € 2.00 for children.
Indulge in a Canal Ride-
This option is seasonal and usually happen From April 1 to October 1, wherein 30-minute canal tours depart daily from 10 am to 5 pm. This is a fantastic way to get an up close look at the windmills. Tickets are priced at € 3.00 for adults and € 2.50 for children from the age of 4-9.