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Kinderdijk

World Heritage: Kinderdijk

Kinderdijk is a Unesco World Heritage and is situated close to Van der Valk Hotel Ridderkerk. It is a special area that tells a story about the history of the Netherlands. The last centuries, the Dutch worked together with the water to keep the land dry. The magnificent area shows you where in the past the windmills engaged in the battle against the water. The 19 authentic windmills from the 18th century are still the silent witnesses of this story. 

19 Polder mills

Kinderdijk is especially famous for the windmills. Those are the 19 mills that needed to keep the polder dry. Because of the important role of the mills in the battle against water, Kinderdijk became one of the main touristic locations of the country. And since 1997, it also became Unesco World Heritage. In one of the mills, it is possible to have a view inside. Here, you can discover how it feels to turn a mill. The visitorsmill of Kinderdijk is a unique experience for you and your family. 

Discover Kinderdijk 

When you are interested in the history of the Dutch battle against the water, a visit to Kinderdijk can not be missing from your list. After a visit to the mills, you can make a beautiful walk or tour by bike, or you can take the tour on the horse tram. When there is snow, you can go sledding or skating on the frozen water. The breathtaking landscape provides a different experience every season. 

For a perfect experience of the area of the windmills, you can take a boat tour on the water of the polder landscape of Kinderdijk. From the water, you will have the best view for taking photos. When you take the boat tour, you can get in and out of the boat at any visitorspoint. In the winter, the boat tour is warmed and covered in. 

Plan your visit

Combine your visit to Kinderdijk with an overnight stay in Van der Valk Hotel Ridderkerk. Our hotel is the perfect base to visit the mills of Kinderdijk. Have a look at our packages and combine a visit to Kinderdijk with other activities in the region.