Kinderdijk with Guide Jan
Water and Windmills Kinderdijk
One third of the Netherlands is below sea-level and the average precipitation is 880 mm, 200 days a year. Major rivers Maas and Rijn flow through the Netherlands and into the North Sea. Waterways are used for transportation of goods, drinking water and recreation. Good water management is necessary to facilitate infrastructure, make agriculture possible on reclaimed land and keep Dutch feet dry.
Here 19 windmills, controlling the water management of two ‘polders’, are registered as UNESCO World Heritage. Wind was the traditional source of energy in this flat landscape, but technical innovation introduced steam-, diesel- and electric pumping stations.
For the trip from Rotterdam Wilhelminaplein to Kinderdijk we will take the ferry there and back, public transport on water!
Your guide Jan will provide information on water-management and the history of Kinderdijk, and you will visit two mills and the infocentre. You will gain insight in the history of the polders in The Netherlands!
- Price €50 pp
- Group size 4-10
- Duration of the excursion 4 hours
- Included: certified guide, use of whisper system, return-ticket for ferry, entrance-tickets to mills and information center