While on a house exchange in the South Holland city of Dordrecht, we took a bus to Kinderdijk, where the famous windmills dominate the landscape. Built around 1740, these windmills stand here as part of a larger water management system to prevent flooding.
Kinderdijk has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997 and is home to 19 remaining well-preserved windmills, built in the 18th century to control water levels in the region. The windmills of Kinderdijk serve as a living history lesson, reminding visitors of the Netherlands' age-old battle against water.
For a more immersive experience, you can step inside one of the windmills. The visitor centre provides an in-depth look at the history and significance of these engineering marvels.
Kinderdijk's windmills were not only fascinating to watch, they made great photographic subjects.