Our day in Rotterdam began with a typically European picturesque Saturday market surrounded by mind-twisting architecture.
After lunch we rented beautiful most comfortable cruisers at StayOkay hostel located in the Cube Houses and went to explore the city. The weather gave us its best gift – perfect warm golden autumn day!
The whole point of renting a bike is to – wait for it! – see the windmills!!! I mean, how can one visit the Netherlands and not see the windmills!? What’s the point, right? Especially if you are only 15 km away from the largest concentration of old wind mills in the Netherlands! Yep, you heard it – Kinderdijk is a small village 15 km away from Rotterdam with the largest concentration of wind mills from 1740! It’s a UNESCO heritage sight, too. (Wiki here)
To get to Kinderdijk from Rotterdam you take a waterbus. Yes, that’s public transportation in the Netherlands 🙂 It’s exactly what it’s called – a boat packed with people and bicycles, just like a bus 🙂
30 minutes of joy ride and you are in windmill heaven! Well, technically you still have to walk/bike to the wind mills for a little bit. But the path runs along the river, through the village with most adorable – and envy-inspiring – ginger-bread houses imaginable so no-one in their right mind can possibly complain!
There is a lovely legend about the name Kinderdijk which In Dutch means “Children dike”. Back in 1400’s after a particularly severe flood, when people went to check the location, they saw a cradle floating in the water. A cat was jumping from side to side to keep the cradle afloat. When people fished the cradle out of the water, they found a baby, peacefully sleeping in it, dry and unharmed. The cat saved the baby 🙂
Another curious thing is that the windmills were built to drain water from the area and not to mill wheat, as I had always imagined! Nowadays water level is maintained by diesel power stations, although some of the windmills are still operational.
We returned to Rotterdam the same way we arrived – by waterbus 🙂 And even though our One Day in Rotterdam was over, I still have one more post on Rotterdam to treat you to. Hope to see you back next Monday!
This post is linked to Jo’s Monday Walk. She is inviting us to follow mountain goats and she’s got quite a company with her, too! Go check them all out – so worth it!