Kinderdijk is a village in the South Holland province known for its iconic 18th-century windmills. To drain the polder, a system of 19 windmills was built around 1740. This group of mills is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997.
15.5km / 10mi from my home was Delft. This is the city centre. Notice the blue signs banning all vehicles except bicycles.
This is the Delft Oude Kerk (Old Church). Many Dutch towns and cities have an Oude Kerk and a Nieuwe Kerk (New Church).
The Delft Oude Kerk was founded as St. Bartholomew’s Church in the year 1246. The Delft Nieuwe Kerk was completed in 1496.
South of Delft is the municipality of Midden-Delfland. Den Hoorn is one of the Midden-Delfland towns I rode through. This interesting counter-weighted swing bridge is in Den Hoorn
Much of Midden-Delfland is pasture. These raised chairs are south of Schipluiden.
Of course, I had to climb up and sit in one. This was the view in one direction.
This was the view in the opposite direction
I miss riding in this countryside.
In Vlaardingen, I rode past the Vlaardingse Vaart Bridge, a helical truss bridge for pedestrian and bicycle traffic over the Vlaardingervaart canal.
15km / 9mi from Vlaardingen is Rotterdam. The Euromast is an observation tower specially built for the 1960 Floriade, an international exhibition and garden festival, held every 10 years in the Netherlands.
This is the view from the Erasmusbrug.
In the land of canals, lift bridges are inevitable. Look under the barrier between the edge of the raised bridge and the bike path and you can see the man piloting a barge through the opening.
At Ridderkerk I boarded this ferry to cross the Noord canal to Kinderdijk. You can see the bicycles at the stern.
This is what I rode to see.
Well worth the 60km / 37mi ride to get to Kinderdijk.