Escorted Rail Tours to Kinderdijk
Experience the authentic windmills and waterways of the Netherlands
The charming rural village of Kinderdijk lies in area of beautiful open countryside known as the Groene Hart (Green Heart) in the province of South Holland. Despite its proximity to the Netherlands' four largest cities, Amsterdam; Rotterdam; The Hague and Utrecht, the landscape around Kinderdijk is a tranquil and unspoilt plain, formed where the Lek and Noord Rivers meet.
That the Groene Hart lies below sea level is the factor that makes the village of Kinderdijk and its environs so special. In the thirteenth century, to counter the constant threat of the land becoming submerged by rising waters, large drainage canals were built. Their effectiveness was limited and by the eighteenth century a better solution for channelling excess water away from the Groene Hart was required. That solution was the construction of a series of nineteen windmills capable of pumping water from the land back into the rivers and out to sea.
The eight windmills at Kinderdijk were completed in 1738, and in 1997 the entire windmill complex in the Groene Hart was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. As such, it is a requirement that the windmills are maintained in their original state. Today a visit to Kinderdijk provides a unique experience to see these magnificent windmills, an icon of the Netherlands, in their original glory and stretching out a cross a landscape of pastoral beauty.