Our trip around the world will start next year. A trip we are looking forward to for a very long time. Our ultimate goal. At the same time we realize we will miss a lot of things. Family, friends and of course our beautiful Holland. During dinner we started thinking about our home country and all the things we have not seen in the Netherlands. Were as tourists immediate go to these places. It is kind of funny that as a Dutchman I have never seen the Keukenhof, the Rijksmuseum or the Deltaworks. It is time to change that.
So we took works into reality and off we went to the province of Zuid-Holland. To a small place called Kinderdijk. It is world famous for its windmills. Jolien and myself have never been there before. We arrived at the end of the day which meant that all facilities were closed but this also meant that it was not busy. In other words, no parking fee, parking in front of the entrance, no cues and no hordes of tourists. We could look around and take in the site at our own pace while the sun slowly disappeared on the horizon.
It is a perfect site to go to with your family. You can look inside a working windmill or experience how a windmill was built in the mill workshop. Take a trip on a boat which will take you right passed the windmills or go into a working pumping station. You can also find the visitors center in the station. You need to pay for these activities but remember that with your money they preserve the important historical site for future generations. Furthermore you can take beautiful walks in the area.
As I mentioned before we arrived after opening hours which meant we had beautiful lights. The walk and cycle paths are open all year round and freely accessible. So it is always possible to visit the windmills. Underneath you can find our photographs of the evening. We really enjoyed it and it is a must see when you come to the Netherlands.