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Holland is famous for its wind mills and Kinderdijk is the best place to see them. The location is about 30 minutes by bus from Rotterdam and during the warm season there are organized boat trips leavind from the city center.

In 1997 the mills of Kinderdijk were included on the World Heritage list of UNESCO.

The wind mills drain the excess water into the river Lek. The oldest mill goes back to the 13th century. 700 years ago the Dutch knew and had the techology to control the water level! I think there is no need to mention that the site is a few metres under the sea level...

Many of the mills are not working any more, either because of the depreciation or because of the preservation plan. An electrical pumping station was built back in 1981 to monitor the water level.

This is a place to see if visiting the Netherlands. More details can be found at www.kinderdijk.nl

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Photo scanned from Ilford PAN 400. Needed some processing, but I don't have the proper software for that.

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