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Kinderdjick

Why and when was Kinderdjick and its windmills fail to "make the cut" ? I remember it from the early 2000's as being quite worth the time to visit.

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Not sure I understand, what "cut" are you referring to? As far as I know it's still a World Heritage Site and one of the most visited places in Holland.

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I meant that its not in the RS guidebook. I have read that its a WH site and much touristed. I was just inquiring why such a wonderful site was omitted from the guidebook since it WAS in earlier editions. Thanks.

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I agree Kinderdijk is still certainly worth a visit (and a perfect combination with much overlooked Dordrecht). It's a wonderful sight and, at least the last time I was there, not too many coach parties to spoil the experience.
And why it's apparently skipped from a guidebook? I suppose it had to make way for something else. Let's hope people don't take a guidebook as the last word, and show some initiative to look for other sources and to make their own choices.

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The windmills of Kinderdijk now feature advertising banners and neon signs for the likes of Nike, Disney, Coca Cola, Budweiser and the latest films from the Star Wars and Marvel universes. Starbucks and McDonalds have both opened outlets along the walkway, and the latter refuses to serve their fries with anything other than ketchup. Every 10 meters you will now find vending machines that offer you a selection of refreshing Coca Cola products. The entire complex has now been re-branded as "Facebook Presents Holland's Kinderdike" (spelling changed to increase brand awareness among Americans who can't pronounce Dutch)...

...OK, now that we've awoken screaming from that Ricknik nightmare. I suspect Kinderdijk got dropped for editorial reasons. My guess is (based on absolutely zero inside information, but rather outside observation on how the company adds and subtracts destinations from the official "Canon") is that it got the boot in favor of Zaanse Schans, which is an easier daytrip from Amsterdam. Also, they added more stuff in Belgium to the Benelux edition several years ago, which probably had to be balanced out by eliminating something from the Netherlands.

Let's hope people don't take a guidebook as the last word, and show some initiative to look for other sources and to make their own choices. Too late...

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And those bless'd with an independent mind will be rewarded with a somewhat less crowded place.
Fans of Vermeer who have the guts to go beyond the souvenir shops in Delft, can enjoy the probable location of The Little Street: http://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2015/11/19/eindelijk-gevonden-de-precieze-locatie-van-vermeers-straatje#lightbox shows the original painting and how it's today. In those 350 years the buildings have changed, but not the people.

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Wonderful link, TonfromLeiden! Thanks.

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Kinderdijk is awesome. Not only are the windmills in their original settings (Zaanse Schans windmills were transported from other areas), but their disposition makes it much easier to understand their role in the development of Netherlands.

I think Kinderdijk got omitted from some RS editions because it is not as easy to visit from Amsterdam (it takes 2h30 to get there, roughly, using public transportation - train + train + bus -, although it can be combined with a leisure trip on the Lek river from Rotterdam as well). Zaanse Schans is easier to reach (18 min train ride + pleasant walking), so maybe they picked one over the other.

But there is life beyond RS selections.

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I"m not a biker, but Kinderdijk lies directly on a national bikeway. We visited from Den Haag, because we had a car.

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Hard to imagine but maybe Kinderdijk is a bit too backdoor.......