HOLLAND: Kinderdijk -19 Dutch windmills

HOLLAND: Kinderdijk -19 Dutch windmills

A network of 19 windmills was built around 1740 to drain the polder of Kinderdijk and surrounding polders. (Polders are areas of land below sea level that are protected by dikes.)

The windmilles stand in neat rows along an L-shaped drainage canal, where they pumped water from the surrounding polders, until steam and electric pumps offered more reliable protection against flooding.

This group of mills is the largest concentration of windmills in the Netherlands. And nowhere in the world you will find as many windmills as near the village of Kinderdijk.

The foundation “Wereld Erfgoed Kinderdijk” maintains and preserves the windmills in Kinderdijk. The preservation is not limited to the windmills themselves, but also covers the area in which the windmills are situated.

The windmilles were placed on the list of UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.

The Kinderdijk windmill area is situated in the Alblasserwaard between the rivers Lek and Merwede, about 25 kilometres from Rotterdam.

The 19 windmills at Kinderdijk symbolise the way in which the Dutch have managed the water. For centuries, they have kept the land dry, which had been ravaged by subsidence and floods.

19 Comments on “HOLLAND: Kinderdijk -19 Dutch windmills”

  1. Great Video man!

    It’s fun to see Kinderdijk  from an different perspective. I actually live like two miles away from there.
    I also happen to do some voluntary work there as a tour guide, so thanks for this footage (it allows me to brag to my friends about this awesome place haha!)

  2. what a wonderful experience to see working windmills live at Zaanze Shans.I wish I could go back to Nederlands in the future to also see these rows of windmills at Kinderdijk while cruising the canal, Bella Olanda

  3. Very cool and beautiful, only windmill I've seen is DeZwaan in Holland Michigan and of course it's just a single mill, not part of rows and rows of them. My only disappointment with this video is only one of the mills was running, it would really be something to see a bunch of them running at once.

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