Windmills at Kinderdijk, Holland

In the beautiful wetlands around Dordrecht, you will find the windmills of Kinderdijk. Nineteen beautiful windmills, built around 1740, stand here as part of a larger water management system to prevent floods. Today, they symbolise Dutch water management, and in 1997 they were declared to be UNESCO World Heritage.

The windmills of Kinderdijk lie not far from the port city of Rotterdam and Holland’s oldest city, Dordrecht. Another highlight in the area is National Park De Biesbosch, a unique freshwater tidal area with very special plants and wildlife.

A lovely story – and one that I had not given any thought to for more than twenty years. Not until, that is, I visited Kinderdijk in The Netherlands.

It’s here, in the complex of waterways, reservoirs and windmills, that the story is set – according to legend – in the great flood of 1421.

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