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Kinderdijk Tours and Activities

Kinderdijk
The Netherlands is famous for its windmills, and the most charming place to admire the traditional Dutch landmarks is at Kinderdijk. Just outside of Rotterdam, Kinderdijk’s 19 windmills date back to the 17th century and are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The Basics
Marked walking and cycling trails lead visitors around the windmills and afford magnificent views of the canals, mills, and dykes. At the visitor center, located in the Wisboom Pumping Station, a film tells the story of Kinderdijk and its windmills, while two of the windmills are open to the public as museums, offering behind-the-scenes peeks into a working mill. Admission tickets include entrance to the visitor center exhibitions, windmill museums, and an audio guide. (It is free to view the windmills from the outside.) Boat tours around the canals are also available, offering stunning views of the windmills and the surrounding countryside. 

Most visitors choose to visit on a half-day tour from Rotterdam, but day trips from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and the Hague often also include a stop at Kinderdijk.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kinderdijk is a lovely outing for first-time visitors to the area and those looking for a bucolic respite from Rotterdam.
  • The visitor center has a café, gift shop, and restrooms.
  • The walking trails and boat tours around the windmills are accessible to wheelchairs, but the windmill museums are not.

How to Get There
Kinderdijk village is located around 14 miles (22 kilometers) southeast of Rotterdam, about a 30-minute drive. From Rotterdam, take the metro to Rotterdam Zuidplein, from where buses run to Kinderdijk, or catch a boat from the Boompjeskade (April to October only). From Amsterdam, it’s just over an hour’s drive.

When to Get There
The Kinderdijk museums and visitor center are open year-round, although hours vary throughout the year. You can walk along the canals and admire the windmills at any time, though a particularly magical time is during the weeklong Illumination Festival in September, when the windmills are lit up at night.

Windmills of the Netherlands
The windmills of Kinderdijk and other locations around the Netherlands are more than scenic—they help to manage the high water levels and prevent flooding throughout the notoriously low-lying country. Most of the polder mills in Kinderdijk served as pumping stations and were part of a complex water management system that included dykes, canals, and reservoirs. Although more modern systems are in place today, some of the mills still function as backups.

Address: Nederwaard 1, Kinderdijk 2961, Netherlands
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8 Tours and Activities to Experience Kinderdijk

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All Inclusive, Authentic Private Tour Rotterdam and Kinderdijk

All Inclusive, Authentic Private Tour Rotterdam and Kinderdijk

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The Whole City in Half A Day + Kinderdijk Tour, gives you a beautifull combination of a vibrant city and a unique traditional Dutch world Heritage cite. We will start the day with a cup of coffee or tea. After that we will go by boat to the beuatifull Dutch world Heritage site of Kinderdijk. Here we will discover this Dutch landscape by bike (or walking if you can't ride a bike). We will also go inside in one of the historical windmills. After we go back to Rotterdam by boat, you will be taken to the familiar and unknown places in the versatile city of Rotterdam. The tour is all inclusive and we have a no-wallet policy. This means that we pay for all the expenses (like food, drinks, entrance tickets, transportation, etc.) In that way you can just enjoy the tour. The tour is also flexible, we can adjust the tour based on your preferences and during the tour we will walk at your pace. So no rushing and stress and a mass of people. We will give you just a nice and memorable day!
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  • 9 hours
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$249.95
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Kinderdijk Photography tour

Kinderdijk Photography tour

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Kinderdijk Photography tour gives you a different view on the UNESCO Kinderdijk windmill site, a unique complete Dutch watermanagement system that is still partly active. You will discover the windmill scenery: goose, reeds, and the surrouning landscapes with different water levels. Also a local pastry and warm drink is included, as well as a stop at a biological cheesefarm. And you will not miss anything as we included a boattour and entrance to the visitor windmill. Your private guide speaks fluent English or Spanish. OPTIONAL: add a bike instead of the boat tour and make a nice extra round. Please note: if you wish to buy cheese at the farm, payments have to be made in cash or by PIN. Creditcard payments unfortunately will be not accepted.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.80
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Kinderdijk Area Cycling Tour

Kinderdijk Area Cycling Tour

The landscape behind the Kinderdijk windmills is just as impressive. You do not want to miss this beautiful cycling tour. It will bring you great insights in the Dutch watermanagement system, beautiful sceneries and skies and of course lots of fresh air! This river-landscape tour is completed with a coffee-break at a nice local spot, tasting home-made icecream at a farm and enjoying a snack in the fields. You will enjoy entering Kinderdijk from another point of view. At Kinderdijk we will first visit the biological cheesefarm where you can taste and buy cheese. This tour ends in the Kinderdijk windmills area, where you will not miss anything as we included the entrance to the official visitor windmill. Your private guide speaks fluent English or Spanish. Please note: if you wish to buy cheese at the farm, payments have to be made in cash or by PIN. Creditcard payments unfortunately will be not accepted.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$111.70
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Kinderdijk Bike Tour

Kinderdijk Bike Tour

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A short cycling tour around the windmill scenery brings new perspectives and is a local-landscape experience. Also a drink and a local pastry in the backlands of Kinderdijk is included, as well as a(n optional) stop at a biological cheesefarm. And you will not miss anything as we included a boattour and entrance to the official visitor windmill. Your private guide speaks fluent English or Spanish. Please note: if you wish to buy cheese at the farm, payments have to be made in cash or by PIN. Creditcard payments unfortunately will be not accepted.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$105.49
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Kinderdijk Windmill Farm tour

Kinderdijk Windmill Farm tour

Kinderdijk, one of the most remarkable highlights of the Netherlands and Unesco world herritage. Go with Go Local and discover Kinderdijk but more important a unique visit to a not touristic mill, enjoying the Dutch landscape with a small boat. Visit and helping a dutchfarmer with his cows, milk and cheese. A real dutch lunch on location can’t be missed here… Ofcourse we like to use some add on’s: Leave the mini van behind and take the bike, Visit a famous winery (yes we have in the Netherlands), Going with us to the national park Bieschbosch. The experiences are even more unique with arriving or leaving with the waterbus from our famous harbor city Rotterdam
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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$36.30
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Private tour from Rotterdam to Windmills of Kinderdijk & Gouda Cheese Experience

Private tour from Rotterdam to Windmills of Kinderdijk & Gouda Cheese Experience

Hardly you will be able to find a windmill complex like Kinderdijk anywhere else in the world. Kinderdijk is a UNESCO-listed site with 19 preserved in perfect condition windmills. You can walk endlessly along small canals and windmills standing in a row, making beautiful photos. After Kinderdijk you will visit the old Dutch city of Gouda, famous for its Gouda cheese and stroopwafels.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$600.00
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$600.00
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Private Customizable Day Trip From Rotterdam

Private Customizable Day Trip From Rotterdam

Benefit from a private full-day sightseeing tour into the southern or northern part of the Netherlands with deluxe transportation from Rotterdam. Visit classic Dutch destinations like Delft, the Hague, Gouda, and Leiden, or take in the Polder landscape of windmills, canals and lakes. You can see tulip fields in the spring, and an Amsterdam city tour or tulip tour can be included as your guide personalizes the tour to your interests.
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  • 5 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$387.21
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$387.21
Price varies by group size

Bike and Lunch in The Windmill Tour

Bike and Lunch in The Windmill Tour

This special bike tour brings you the experience of eating inside a windmill, enjoying a local lunch. On the way and back you can enjoy biking through the typical Dutch fields, with farms, birds, cows and waterways.
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  • 4 to 30 minutes
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$114.18
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