Kinderdijk Windmills in winter; across the River Lek

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a lonely skater

South of Krimpenerwaard, the polder in which my village is located is a big river, the Lek, which actually is the name for this particular part of the River Rhine. It is the most intensively sailed water way in Europe, maybe even in the world. With very many ships transporting almost everything between the sea port of Rotterdam and the "hinterland" in Germany. The current is relatively strong, and these two factors make that the river will not freeze easily. From the village of Lekkerkerk there is a small ferry to Kinderdijk at the other side.

Kinderdijk is one of the top tourist attractions of the Netherlands. Along a number of canals, there are 19 windmills, that used to keep the polder dry by pumping the ground water to the higher situated waterways, from which the water was transported to the sea.

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The Windmills of Kinderdijk together are a UNESCO World Heritage location. From a parking place along the dike, visitors can walk the path that leads into the polder along these windmills by foor or bicycle. At the entrance there is a small canteen style of place plus a souvenir shop. A café-restaurant can be found along the dike just outside the area (about 100 meters from the entrance).

More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinderdijk

While in summer the place can be very crowded, and buses with group tours will be driving in and out, in winter it is a totally different story. It was quiet, of course there were people to shoot photo's, but only a few, and the place looked absolutely stunning. The large canal was frozen like all others, and some people were skating on it. Many other ventured on the ice on foot, including some German, Chinese and Japanese tourists who were savvy enough to take advantage of the rare chance to see the place like this.

 

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a lonely skater
a lonely skater
majestic
majestic
ferry from Lekkerkerk to Kinderdijk
ferry from Lekkerkerk to Kinderdijk
ferry from Lekkerkerk to Kinderdij…
ferry from Lekkerkerk to Kinderdi…
no ice on the River Rhine (called …
no ice on the River Rhine (called…
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
every reed plume with ice crystals
every reed plume with ice crystals
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
bridge to the museum mill not acce…
bridge to the museum mill not acc…
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
windmill with 2 babies
windmill with 2 babies
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
Kinderdijk in winter
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photo by: westwind57