Our first morning on board Viking Bragi started with a hearty breakfast and then a very short walk off the boat to the little village of Kinderdijk.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, there are only 28 windmills remaining in the area where 150 once stood – 19 are in Kinderdijk. Built in 1738, they are all operational; although only one, open to the public, operates continuously. The rest are actually residences of certified millers and they have a duty to maintain and turn them so many times per year.
Our tour guide, one of a host of volunteers, was wonderfully informative with a great sense of humour.