Not as noisy as in the windmill village of Zaanse Schan, the village of Kinderdijk located in Alblasserwaard – the Netherlands has a strange peacefulness in it.
One late afternoon after wandering in the capital Amtesdam, I continued to take the bus to go to the windmill village of Kinderdijk, although located right next to the capital there is also a similar Zaanse Schan windmill village, but here because The geographical location is close to the center, so a lot of tourists visit and it’s quite busy.
And according to the information I know, Kinderdijk is the first and oldest windmill village in the Netherlands, these are probably the windmills described in the story of the knight Donkihote and the Windmill. This is what motivated me to go there instead of going to see the field of tulips. In general, in Europe, travel is also very easy, so people planning to visit here just need to search google map, the connecting train or bus routes are only very convenient to get there.
By the time I left, it was late afternoon, the buses were only a few people, Kinderdijk Village was located in the suburbs, so the scenery going here was quite peaceful and deserted, after nearly 2 hours of traveling, I was also happy. Go to the last bus stop. Kinderdijk village is located on the rivers in the distance, when I saw the giant windmills, I couldn’t hide my emotions, I just wanted to hurry and run there.
The Netherlands is a special country as it is located below sea level and for almost a thousand years the Dutch have been very clever in handling the water that surrounds them. A sustainable blend of nature and technology is used to keep Kinderdijk dry and free from flooding when the water rises , which is of such unique value that the area and its windmills have been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. And when we come here to witness the giant works dating back thousands of years, we will understand why it has become a symbol of the Netherlands.
From time immemorial the Dutch have relied on water for all purposes including agriculture, commerce and transportation. That is why they have spent centuries finding reasonable and respectful ways to treat all water in nature. And it’s not surprising that their dykes and windmills are world-famous for a reason. The outstanding contribution of the Dutch people to water treatment technology is admirably demonstrated through the installations in the Kinderdijk-Elshout area. The construction of irrigation works to drain water for agriculture and settlement began in the Middle Ages and continues unceasingly to this day. Now that our climate is changing and sea levels will continue to rise, more and more Dutch people are realizing that their tradition of water domination is an important chapter in the story of human development. .
It is interesting that the windmills in Kinderdijk village are built of hollow pillars, this means that since ancient times people can live and live in them, and today there are still some families living there. and manage these ancient windmills, some families think that visiting here affects their lives, but when asked, they are still optimistic, saying “You can’t compare it like that. compared to life before.” We cherish our happy moments. “In the evening, when all you hear are birdsong, watching the sun go down,: “Sitting on a bench together, with only the sound of wheels breaking the silence. That’s when you really feel attuned to the world around you. That’s when I felt a deep joy
Kinderdijk’s famous windmills rise high above the polar landscape of Alblasserwaard, their mighty sails proudly facing the wind. These historic giants, however, are only a small part of a colossal venture that includes people, nature and technology. A thousand years ago, this entire area was a great peat bog, trapped between raging rivers and the fury of the sea. Hunters and fishermen only come here in summer, if the water level is low enough..
When you step foot in the village of Kinderdijk, you have entered a piece of Dutch history. To enter this area, people can choose from many environmentally friendly means such as walking, or renting a bicycle, or simply sitting outside with a coffee to watch the windmills from afar. You must buy tickets here when you visit, but when you arrive, you may be the last guest, so you will be protected for free to enter without charge, and feel alone in the middle of the field to witness the giants with your own eyes. The legendary Windmill is truly indescribable