A visit to The Netherlands is not quite complete without seeing at least one windmill during your stay. They have been a synonym for Holland for many centuries. One of the best places to go for this is Kinderdijk. There are 19 windmills from the 18th century for you to explore and appreciate. It can be a long walk if just seeing one is not enough, so I suggest you wear your sneakers.
It was a beautiful scene to see the ‘Desktop’ or ‘Calendar type’ photo of windmills under the blue Dutch sky in real life, magnificent and interesting. I am not sure what I thought a windmill does, but I had a slight clue that it milled something. Turns out, I was far off. The windmills pump water to manage Dutch water levels. This is the place to see 19 windmills in action.
Tip: Good news, there is no entrance fee. You can walk around, take pictures and admire all you like. However, you will be charged if you are interested in taking a boat trip or exploring the interior of a windmill. I found the experience wonderful without the need for extras. Don’t be fooled in buying discount tickets on websites beforehand. In my opinion: rather buy some real Dutch pea soup at the restaurant/ souvenir store- which was delicious.