16 km west of Rotterdam there lies the milles complex Kinderdijk. There are 19 wind mills in total in this area. Since 1997 Kinderdijk has been the UNESCO World Heritage.
When I was there early October last month, it was cloudy. Typical dark Dutch sky, the one you see in Dutch masters’ paintings, hung there. I didn’t take as many pictures as I would love to due to rainy weather.
Kinderdijk is open 24h. The opening hours on the website are for visiting one of the windmills only. Entering this windmill allows visitors to experience how the millers used to live there with their families. For where the eyes can see, there are windmills everywhere. Most importantly Kinderdijk is one unique example of Dutch water management. There are drie pumping stations to regulate water. And to those who are interested to know more, there are excursions to watch how pumping station works.
The best way to explore Kinderdijk is by bike. Visitors are able to hire the bike at the tourism office. One tip for me for the local experience; take the Water bus from Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam to come to Kinderdijk, This takes about 30 – 45 minutes sail time along the river Maas.
Here are three different edited versions of the second picture I want to share.
Black and white
I will definitely come back to Kinderdijk to shoot more pictures.