ABOVE: Look for the yellow sign on "De Boompsjeskade," a quay to the east of the Erasmus Bridge. INSET BELOW: Nehalennia at its mooring in Rotterdam, coffee with appelgebak from the boat's snack bar, and a No. 1 Waterbus on its way to Rotterdam.
From early April until early November, Nehalennia cruises every day except Monday, with departures at 10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
From November 15 until the end of February, Nehalennia offers "Winter Weekend Tours" at 1 p.m. on Sundays that include a light meal of soup, rye bread, and bacon.
Nehalennia cruises to Kinderdijk leave from De Boompjeskade, the quay below the flag-lined promenade along central Rotterdam's waterfront.
Keep an eye out for the ticket booth, which is next to the water about 250 meters or 275 yards east of the Erasmus Bridge.
Tickets and reservations:
In 2009, tickets cost €13,50 for adults and €11,- for children from ages 4 through 11. (Younger children ride free.) Winter Weekend Tours, which include food, are about 50 percent higher.
It's a good idea to book ahead, especially on weekends or during high season. Phone +31(0)10-2183131, visit the ticket booth on Bompjeskade or the Rotterdam Tourist Office, or use the reservation form on the Dutch version of the company's Web site (see below).
Food and drink:
Nehalennia has a snack bar with reasonable prices. A waitress makes the rounds of the tables once or twice during the cruise, and small items (such as drinks and ice-cream bars) are available at the counter inside the boat.
You can also buy food at Kinderdijk if you get hungry while ashore.
Returning by bus and train:
If you miss the boat's return trip, or if you decide to stay on for a few hours at Kinderdijk, you can get back to Rotterdam on public bus No. 90. (You'll see a bus stop near Kinderdijk's entrance; take the bus that's headed west toward Rotterdam.)
After a 35-minute ride, you'll reach the Rotterdam Lombardijen railroad station on the south side of the river, where trains run frequently to the Rotterdam city center and beyond.
You can get off an intermediate station such as Rotterdam Blaak (near the Old Harbor, the Cube Houses, and the St. Laurens Church) or continue to Rotterdam Centraal or Amsterdam.
For more information, use 9292.nl's Door-to-Door Journey Planner, selecting "Attraction: Kinderdijk" as your departure point and any Rotterdam "Train Station" as your destination.
Returning by Waterbus:
A more scenic option is the Waterbus regional fast ferry.
Start by taking Waterbus No. 3 from Kinderdijk to Ridderkerk/De Schans (about a 15-minute trip via Krimpen a/d Lech).
At Ridderkerk/De Schans, connect to the No. 1 Waterbus, which takes 33 minutes to reach the Erasmusbrug stop in Rotterdam.
You can download the Waterbus timetable as an Adobe PDF file.
Finally, be sure to view our photo gallery (starting on the next page) for captioned pictures that show Nehalennia's ticket booth and mooring point in Rotterdam, the cruise along the Nieuwe Maas river, and the windmills at Kinderdijk.
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