Strong Wind, Windmills and Spring in Kinderdijk

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As I wrote in my previous post we went to Amsterdam to welcome Spring and make our annual visit-a-European-city-in-Spring-weekend. It was some kind of youth festival in town, so all the hostels, cheap bed-and-breakfast places and hotels were taken, but we found a good deal on a five star hotel, Amrath, near the central station, so it was pretty OK. We booked, of course, the cheapest room we could find.

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Windmill and yellow flowers

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Detail on a windmill

 

When we arrived at the hotel we were told that our room was taken, and they were really sorry, but they had to upgrade us to luxury suite. No extra cost. I wasn’t sorry. The room was great with huge bed, huge bathroom, free minibar and remote for the curtains, but we were not planning on staying in the room, anyhow.

The spring was slowly waking up, sunshine was pleasant, but it was still pretty cold and the tulip fields in Keukenhof were still pretty empty, although the park was nice. I’ll write more about it later, in another post.

On the second day we decided to leave Amsterdam and visit Kinderdijk and see the windmills, a UNESCO world heritage site. Staying almost next to the train station made it easy to just leave. Breakfast was not included in the hotelprice, but coffee in the room was. So we drank coffe and ran off, buying a sandwich on the way.

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Nineteen windmills draining the area

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Windmills and canals

We took a train to Utrecht and a bus from there. Bus went thruoght really cute villages. The roads were narrow and we could not understand how two cars could pass each other, but it worked. And there were of course canals everywhere. And the landscape is flat, really flat. I think when the earth was made, someone came up with Norway and all the fjords and mountains and all the mountains were used, so when it was time for Holland there was only flatness available. No wonder they bicycle everywhere, there is no hills, what so ever.

Finally we came to Kinderdijk and saw the windmills from far away. What a great sight! Nineteen beautiful windmills, some of them still working, one for turistic reasons, as a museum. We visited it, of course, and it was really interesting.

Guess what, it was blowing there. The land is, like I said, flat, and nothing stops the wind, so it’s blowing. I think it was a pertty warm and quite sunny day, but I was freezing. The winds were still cold.

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Close-up

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It’s a world heritage site, yes it is

 

Kinderdijk is a village in the Netherlands. It is situated about 15 km outside of Rotterdam, in a polder. To drain the polder, a system of 19 windmills was built around 1740. This group of mills is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands. The windmills of Kinderdijk are one of the best known Dutch tourist sites. They have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

Are the Dutch people proud of this site? I think so. But still they don’t make it super-commercial with pop-corn and candy and ballons, and that’s very good. But the UNESCO world heritge sign is hidden in one of the mills and I don’t know about it, I think it should be more visible when you arrive. And I’m still undecided if I think it’s good or bad that the information is there for those who want to find it, and not right in everyones face.

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Nice view

We loved this site, we were walking, looking at the windmills, looking and small yellow flowers. There were some tourists at the site, but I imagine that there are much more summertime. Do I recommend a visit to Kinderdijk? Yes, I do, for sure.

We left Kinderdijk through Rotterdam and it was not pretty as on the way there.

Link: Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout.

My grade is a very five globes:

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13 thoughts on “Strong Wind, Windmills and Spring in Kinderdijk

  1. good post – great windmill pictures – I enjoyed reading it!

  2. stephglaser says:

    I love this place! You captured great photos — thanks for posting these. Cheers!

  3. russlife says:

    Windmills associate with the story of Don Quijote to me, thanks for sharing, it’s spectacular!

    • minqan says:

      I totally agree with you! I actually thought about Don Quijote and Sancho. Pana when we were there. Thanks for the comment, I’m glad you like it. 🙂

  4. ppk says:

    Thanks for the nice words. The Unesco Logo is in the windmill because up untill two years ago the windmill was the only place you could visit. Now we have a new Visitor Centre, we are looking for a better place to show it. Thanks for the five globes. Follow us on Facebook/World Heritage Kinderdijk to stay in tune.
    Kindest regards, Peter Paul Klapwijk, World Heritage Kinderdijk.

    • minqan says:

      Thank you for the great comment. Yes, we went to the visitors centre as well. Very interesting to see the history of the place.

  5. Jeroen says:

    Thank you for your post! Great pics, but did you also paid a visit to the old pumphouse? Inside the pumphouse there’s a film about ‘Kinderdijk’ on six screens. The film has subtitles in english, german, french and even japanees….
    Jeroen, host for the pumphouse.

    • minqan says:

      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked it. Yes, we visited the old pumphouse as well and saw the film. It was very interesting. It was really worth to go on a short detour to visit Kinderdijk.

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