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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

Hidden Highlights of the Netherlands

2 sailing dates March 2021 to July 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Belgium , Brussels
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £1099pp
Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Kinderdijk & the Dutch Bulbfields

10 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
4 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
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Rotterdam

Amsterdam, Cologne and the Best of Holland

4 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to , Amsterdam
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1939pp
Ghent

Grand Tulip Cruise of Holland & Belgium

3 sailing dates March 2021 to April 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Avalon Waterways logo CALL
Ghent

Tulip Time Highlights

3 sailing dates March 2021 to April 2021
7 Nights From Brussels, Belgium to , Amsterdam
Avalon Waterways logo CALL
Hoorn

Round-trip Amsterdam

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

Roundrip Amsterdam

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

Belgium & Holland in Spring - Southbound

4 sailing dates April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Belgium , Brussels
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Ghent

Belgium & Holland in Spring - Northbound

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

Roundtrip Amsterdam

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

Roundtrip From Amsterdam

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

The Rhine, Swiss Alps & Amsterdam - Southbound

4 sailing dates May 2021 to August 2021
9 Nights From Amsterdam, to Bern
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Arnhem

Amsterdam, Cologne and the Best of Holland

6 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Germany , Cologne

Includes flights and overseas transfers! Selling fast

Riviera Travel logo FROM £1499pp
Brussels

Best of Holland & Belgium

16 sailing dates May 2021 to December 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

FREE flights and HUGE savings available on selected itineraries!

AmaWaterways logo FROM £2769pp
Brussels

Rembrandt to Rubens

1 sailing date May 2021
9 Nights From Amsterdam, to Belgium , Brussels
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £1949pp
Amsterdam

Keukenhof and Dutch Delights

1 sailing date May 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £1349pp
Arnhem

Keukenhof and Dutch Delights Solo

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £1549pp
Amsterdam

Undiscovered Gems of Belgium and Netherlands

2 sailing dates March 2021 to July 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £2199pp
Rotterdam

Amsterdam, Kinderdijk & the Dutch Bulbfields

10 sailing dates April 2021
4 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam

Perfect taster cruise! Includes flights and overseas transfers

Riviera Travel logo FROM £979pp
Hoorn

Round-trip Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3959pp

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