‘We’ve been here since 1747’ – Dutch windmill villagers take on tourist hordes

Locals say limits needed to save character of Kinderdijk and its 18th century windmills

The 60 inhabitants of the Dutch village of Kinderdijk have long been vastly outnumbered by the hordes of tourists drawn to the Unesco world heritage site’s 18th-century windmills.

Now, amid rumours that the latest business plan for the village involves an increase in visitor numbers from 600,000 to 850,000 and a second dock for passing cruise ships, they say they have had enough.

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