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Kinderdijk River Cruises

About Kinderdijk 

Kinderdijk lies nine miles east of Rotterdam in the northwest of the Alblasserwaard, at the confluence of the Noord and Lek rivers, in the South Holland province of the Netherlands. It’s an essential destination for lovers of historic Holland and was built in the 18th century, with the windmills used to drain the surrounding polder of the Alblasserwaard – the low-lying land reclaimed from the Noord and Lek rivers which converge on either side. The rural surroundings are also home to some of the Netherlands’ most scenic canals, or weteringen, dug in the 1200s to keep the surrounding body of water at bay. The village’s name translates as ‘Child’s Dike’, taking its name from a charming local folk tale that would later become known as The Cat in the Cradle. 

Exploring Kinderdijk 

Kinderdijk’s historic windmills were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 thanks to their unique character, and their testament to human ingenuity in reclaiming and protecting the land from the tidal power of the ocean. 

Many river cruises offer fascinating excursions which will enable visitors to tour a working windmill in Kinderdijk, taking a peek back in time at the living quarters within and the pumping mechanism that was state-of-the-art technology back in the 1700s. Some of the windmills are still in use today to drain water from the surrounding area – although more modern waterworks have long since taken over as the main source of drainage. The excess water of the Alblasserwaard is taken into the river Lek by the windmills and pumped by stations through the Elshout sluices,so that the river can take the drained water to the sea and protect the village itself from flooding. 

Kinderdijk tips 

Kinderdijk is the perfect place for amateur photographers wishing to capture that quintessential image of old Holland and no matter which river cruise line you choose, you'll be able to enjoy some fantastic windmill views when you visit.

Kinderdijk Itineraries

Budapest

Grand European Tour - Amsterdam to Budapest

31 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
Viking Cruises logo FROM £2795pp
Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Kinderdijk & the Dutch Bulbfields

10 sailing dates April 2020
4 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Riviera Travel logo FROM £749pp
Ghent

15 Day Western Front Explorer

2 sailing dates March 2020 to April 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
APT Cruising logo FROM £3339pp
Budapest

Grand European Tour - Budapest to Amsterdam

37 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
Viking Cruises logo FROM £2895pp
Ghent

Roundrip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
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Nijmegen

Picturesque Holland & Magnificent Valley

5 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

Includes flights and overseas transfers

CroisiEurope logo FROM £1399pp
Hoorn

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3819pp
Hoorn

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4279pp
Hoorn

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date March 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £2499pp
Amsterdam

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4279pp
Hoorn

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3359pp
Antwerp

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4279pp
Ghent

Round-trip Amsterdam

2 sailing dates April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4279pp
Amsterdam

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3819pp
Rotterdam

Keukenhof and The Hague

1 sailing date April 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Saga Group logo FROM £1359pp
Ghent

Cities of the Low Countries

2 sailing dates April 2019 to August 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Saga Group logo FROM £1199pp
Hoorn

Tulip & Windmills

8 sailing dates March 2020 to April 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £2439pp
Breisach

Rhine Getaway - Amsterdam to Basel

143 sailing dates April 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Viking Cruises logo FROM £1495pp
Vienna

European Sojourn - Amsterdam to Bucharest

16 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2020
22 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest
Viking Cruises logo FROM £5095pp
Bamberg

European Sojourn - Bucharest to Amsterdam

18 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
22 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
Viking Cruises logo FROM £5095pp

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