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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

Amsterdam

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date March 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3969pp
Amsterdam

Roundrip Amsterdam

3 sailing dates April 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4199pp
Ghent

Belgium & Holland in Spring - Southbound

4 sailing dates April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Belgium , Zeebrugge (Brussels)
Tauck logo CALL
Ghent

Belgium & Holland in Spring - Northbound

5 sailing dates April 2021
7 Nights From Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium to , Amsterdam
Tauck logo CALL
Rotterdam

Roundtrip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4199pp
Rotterdam

Roundtrip From Amsterdam

4 sailing dates July 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4199pp
Koln

The Rhine, Swiss Alps & Amsterdam - Southbound

6 sailing dates August 2020 to August 2021
9 Nights From Amsterdam, to Bern
Tauck logo CALL
Ghent

Amsterdam, Cologne and the Best of Holland

11 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1499pp
Kinderdijk

Best of Holland & Belgium

5 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
8 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2769pp
Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Kinderdijk & the Dutch Bulbfields

10 sailing dates April 2021
4 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Riviera Travel logo FROM £749pp
Hoorn

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3799pp
Amsterdam

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4269pp
Antwerp

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date March 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3279pp
Hoorn

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4269pp
Rotterdam

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3349pp
Middelburg

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4269pp
Ghent

Round-trip Amsterdam

2 sailing dates April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4269pp
Hoorn

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3799pp
Kinderdijk

Tulip Time - Amsterdam to Amsterdam

22 sailing dates March 2021 to April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
AmaWaterways logo FROM £1999pp
Ghent

Tulips & Windmills - Antwerp to Amsterdam

3 sailing dates April 2021
9 Nights From Antwerp, Belgium to , Amsterdam
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £3419pp

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