What a beautiful year it has been! A journey through time, full of history and heritage, and now we look back with a smile on 25 years of UNESCO World Heritage in Kinderdijk. Our anniversary year was filled with unforgettable moments, celebrations, and events that highlighted the unique character of our windmill area. And what a fantastic conclusion we had on December 6th!
Throughout this year, we organized enjoyable events around the 25th of each month at our World Heritage site. Captivating lectures deepened our knowledge, while a midsummer week highlighted the magic of Kinderdijk in the warm sunlight. The outdoor exhibition told the story of the past life at our windmill area, and as a highlight, we hosted the Craftsmanship Day in August, allowing us to relive old traditions.
And then December 6, 2023, the icing on the cake! This day with free admission was a great success with radiant weather and a cheerful atmosphere. In addition to concluding the anniversary year, we also celebrated the reopening of the mill yard of the Nederwaard Museum Mill and the restored Wisboom Pumping Station.
Deputy Meindert Stolk of the Province of Zuid-Holland opened both locations alongside our director Peter-Jan van Steenbergen. The mill yard is the result of a multi-year project aimed at improving the mill yards at the World Heritage site, and in the Wisboom Pumping Station, the two electric centrifugal pumps have been carefully restored. The pumping station now boasts a beautiful museum-like setup, featuring a magnificent model of the old steam pumping station made by three volunteers.
Visitors enjoyed the renewed beauty of these historical gems and were enchanted by the magic of Kinderdijk. We are open daily until January 7th, from 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and then from Friday to Sunday (same times) up until February.
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For a cozy winter day out in Kinderdijk!
Today, our Kinderdijk-cafe and the Giftshop in the Visitor Center are open. All other visitor locations will be open again tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.