On Day 4 of #blogjune we go bike riding among the windmills
Readers of this little blog (hello!) will recall from yesterday’s installment that we were cycling towards the Erasmusbrug waterbus wharf in Rotterdam. Not only did we score a day’s bike hire with our stay on the SS Rotterdam, but we also had a day pass for the waterbus, so the plan was to take our bikes out to see the windmills of Kinderdijk – a UNESCO World Heritage site
From May to September there is a waterbus which goes directly to Kinderdijk, but as we were there in April we had to take a waterbus to the riverside town of Alblasserdam and cycle from there to the windmills. You can take bikes for free on the waterbus and, of course, there’s a handy bike parking rack at the stern of all the boats.
We seemed to be the only people on the entire boat as it headed east up river and after we got off at Alblasserdam we watched it sail away empty while we tried to figure out which way to ride.
In the end we followed the windmill signs that were dotted along the riverside road heading north. There isn’t too much traffic, but we found a much nicer cycle path running alongside the dikes coming back.
We had seen a small windmill or two on the train ride from Schipol to Rotterdam, but nothing prepares you for the sight of Kinderdijk.
There are 19 windmills here dating back to the 18th century. Some have people living in them, and one is set up as a museum, but it’s a wonderful experience just to wander amongst them.
With soft cloudy skies, and dikes and fields stretching to the horizon it really does look like an old Dutch painting – except with shops selling ice creams and clogs.
There are maps at the waterbus wharf and also at Kinderdijk showing bike routes in the area. Our ride back on the cycle path alongside the dikes was much more scenic than the riverside road – the path ends up in the centre of town where we got lost but some friendly local folks gave us directions back to the waterbus wharf.
If you visit between May and September you can take the direct 202 water bus to Kinderdijk, but out of season your choices are to take the number 20 to Ridderkerk and change to the little triangle ferry, or if you have a bike do as we did and take the number 20 to Alblasserdam and ride north.