Kinderdijk, Netherlands: A village of windmill homes; Diane Slawych; REM Online

Netherlands – Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout

If there’s one building type that defines Holland more than any other, it’s the windmill. But for Peter Paul Klapwijk, the iconic Dutch structure functions as much more than a wind-generated water pump. It’s the place he and his family call home.

How exactly does one get to live in a windmill, you may wonder? “I fell in love with a daughter of one of the millers and started as a miller’s student,” Klapwijk says. When his wife’s parents retired and moved elsewhere a few years ago, they took up residence in the centuries-old structure and have quickly adjusted to their new and unconventional way of life.

What makes this story even more unusual is that their windmill home is in Kinderdijk, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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