Postcards from Kinderdijk: Mill Network in Netherland
Kinderdijk windmill site is the place we went to on day 1 of my Europe summer trip. We went to Rotterdam, specifically to check this fantastic mill network that I’d been seeing the pictures of. What a great opportunity for me to able to take these pictures myself! (click for bigger pictures)
Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout is listed in UNESCO World Heritage List.
How to get to Kinderdijk from Rotterdam?
There are several ways, but the one we took was:
Take water bus (ferry) from Wilemskade. Get off at Ridderkerk, and change to a smaller boat to Kinderdijk.
Ticket is €10 per person return and that includes the big boat and the small boat. You buy the ticket in the boat, and don’t worry the ticket lady will know that you probably want to go to the windmills.
The small boat does the last trip at 5:10pm so if you go latter than this, you have to take bus to go back to Rotterdam.
The bus back costs €7 (the most expensive bus trip ever! You don’t expect bus to cost that much usually!) and takes about an hour to Zuidplein Metro station. To go to Central station you need to take another Metro trip.
We were so sad that we had to pay extra for the expensive bus, plus the Metro (instead of using our boat ticket back because we were late), so we poured our heart out to the ticket officers at the ticket box (a man and a woman) *sob*. And they were ever so kindly gave us FREE Metro tickets to go back to Central station! Oh wow I didn’t even know they can do that! The woman who was the manager, specifically signed on some special tickets to mark them as free. Then they gave us very clear instructions on how to get back to Rotterdam Central station (or in our case one stop before that to get dinner) – all the while being smily and understanding.
Honestly I’m continually impressed on how nice the Dutch are. I read an article that Dutch people are the happiest people in the world. No wonder they are so very kind! Happy people are kind. Miserable people are mean (like the Parisians.. uhum.. and no I’m not finished about the Parisians yet. Expect more to come. Boy life must be hard in Paris!).
And life must be good in Netherland :)