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The place to watch our windmills

Nowhere in the Netherlands you will find such a dense cluster of windmills, yes, even nowhere in the world. Once throughout The Netherlands there were several thousands of windmills (some records say even over 7.000), but as they became modernized and replaced more and more by (steam)machines, now-a-days “only” 1.700 are left. Spread over the country you will – traveling through it – see them for sure, but Kinderdijk has 19 windmills that are in close proximity to one another. In 1997 the windmills of Kinderdijk came into the UNESCO list of world heritage.

Windmills for watermanagement

The windmills of Kinderdijk are there for one single reason: to keep the water out of the polder in which they stand. Lined up along a canal they pump water from the lower ditches and finally into the main rivers that run to the North sea. This purpose is widely spread throughout the Netherlands and also the reason why in the swamp that we call home so many mills were and are there. For centuries we use the power of the wind to tame the water.

Several centuries old

The windmills at Kinderdijk date back to the 18th century, but have been restored ever since. The mills are til the day of today fully operational, which is also necessary to keep dry feet in the "Alblasserwaard", the name of the polder that Kinderdijk is situated in.

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  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2009 at 3:30 AM

    Very nice tips & photos, cannot wait for when I visit next month ;-)

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2007 at 4:08 AM

    A fascinating page. I agree, much better to view these places off season. I hate crowds....

  • truus_s's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2004 at 4:46 AM

    Draai draai...mooie page..wat een leuke huisjes..hier wil ik nog een keer heen..Fijn weekend..

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