Kinderdijk attracts tourists from all over the world with its 19 windmills belonging to the Foundation for World Heritage Kinderdijk. After 1600 it became more and more difficult to control the drainage of the marshy area in the western part of the Alblasserwaard. First, storage basins were dug for the drainage of the Grote Waard, in the period 1738-1740 the windmills wereconstructed. Their function was to pump the surplus water out of the polder and discharge it via the storage basins into the river Lek.
Nowadays their function has been taken over by modern pumping stations. The windmills blend beautifully into the landscape and with their sails turning they are an impressive sight for the many visitors. There are various (signposted) routes for cycling and walking. Kinderdijk is part of the municipality of Molenwaard.