Discover Rotterdam & UNESCO World Heritage Site Kinderdijk
Visit the city of Rotterdam, 'Manhattan at the Maas River'
Rotterdam is a major port city in the Netherlands' province of South Holland with the largest port in Europe. The Maritime Museum's vintage ships and exhibits trace the city's seafaring history. The 17th-century Delfshaven neighbourhood is home to canal side shopping and the Pilgrim Fathers Church, where pilgrims worshiped before sailing to America. After being almost completely destroyed during bombings in World War II, the city has been reconstructed and is now known for its bold and modern architecture.
From Rotterdam it is a 30 minute drive to the traditional village of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO world heritage site. This village is known for its iconic 18th-century windmills. Its water-management network features 19 windmills and 3 pumping stations, plus dikes and reservoirs that control flooding in the polder (low-lying land). Waterways, footpaths and bike trails crisscross the area, leading to the main visitorscenter and museums in preserved working windmills.