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Kinderdijk World Heritage, The Netherlands

After 5 years of living in Rotterdam I finally got the chance to visit the beautiful Kinderdijk. I took the opportunity to visit Kinderdijk at the same time as my family visiting me in the Netherlands, combining both was a good chance for us all to visit something new together.

Day One (8)Planning our visit we decided to take the Waterbus from the Rotterdam stop at Erasmus Bridge that takes only 30 minutes to Kinderdijk. A perfect mode of transport to also enjoy the views Rotterdam from a boat, as you can stand on the open section at the back of the boat as well as sitting inside if it’s cold. You can use your OV chip card or buy a ticket on board.

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Arriving at Kinderdijk you will know exactly where to walk with the first windmills in sight. Paying only €8,00 for adults and €5.50 for children (4-12 years) to get in it’s well worth it. The main path takes you past the first restaurant along the walking route to see all 19 windmills that stand there since 1740. The whole route is 15km which can be done in a day with sensible shoes.

Day One (62)Kinderdijk is not just a pretty site, it’s actually needed for the land. Since most of the Netherlands is below sea level, including Kinderdijk, the function of the windmills are part of the water management system to prevent floods.

Day One (34)We took some lunch with us, stopping on a bench to each and drink while other tourists walked by. There are a few restaurants and a cafe too, where you can buy souvenirs, refreshments, lunch or some typical Dutch snacks like bitterballen while waiting for the boat trip back to Rotterdam.

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I plan to go again this summer, but then by bike like a true Dutch person!

Kinderdijk

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11 Comments

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    Unta
    23rd November 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Very nice post, I’ve been in Netherland many time but never visited Kinderdijk.

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    Roxanne Weijer
    24th November 2017 at 11:33 am

    Ooh I’m ashamed to say I’m a Dutchie but never went to Kinderdijk. When I’m back in The Netherlands I will quickly go. Beautiful pictures! And yes bitterballen, do you like them?

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      25th November 2017 at 8:40 am

      In the beginning I didn’t really like them, weird texture at first, but now I could eat a whole bowl!!

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    Flying Fluskey
    24th November 2017 at 6:42 pm

    A 15km wall around the windmills sounds like a lovely way to spend a day. I’m not sure about the bitterballen though, they sound…..bitter lol. What are they?

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      25th November 2017 at 8:42 am

      Its a lovely place to walk for sure. Bitterballen have soft meat inside then battered with breadcrumbs to become crunchy when fried, delicious with mustard! I didn’t like them at first but have grown on me hehe

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        Flying Fluskey
        25th November 2017 at 9:02 am

        That sounds delicious 🙂

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          Zoe | Together In Transit
          25th November 2017 at 3:14 pm

          They sure are!

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    anneklien
    24th November 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Wow this reminds me my visit in one of the island there with lots of windmill and cheese factory. Its good you had a chance to share the visit with your family.

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      25th November 2017 at 8:42 am

      Thank you definitely felt lovely to share experience with Family, I plan to go back in the Winter when its snows too!

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    travellingwithmelanin
    25th November 2017 at 12:53 am

    Kinderdijk looks so calm! I’ll have to visit soon

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      Zoe | Together In Transit
      25th November 2017 at 8:43 am

      I’ve heard its becoming rather busy with tourists this summer season, so best to visit for the calm during a weekday!

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