Netherlands: Polders and Windmills

published 3 years ago by Rick Steves

Holland's polder land was once covered by the sea, but it was eventually encircled by dikes and dams, then drained. To pump out all that water, the Dutch used one of their leading natural resources: the wind. At www.ricksteves.com, you'll find money-saving travel tips, small-group tours, guidebooks, TV shows, radio programs, podcasts, and more on this destination.

Nder Europe is committed to providing a smooth car rental experience and is a proud sponsor of this podcast visit auto Europe.com slash written per special Rick Steves offer. Netherlands is small smaller than West Virginia and the most densely populated country in Europe. Most of the country is below sea level reclaimed with great effort over many generations from the sea. That's why they like to say god made the world but the Dutch we made hot. This is polder land. Much of it once covered by the sea it wasn't circled by takes. About all that water. The debt used one of their lead. True we saw. The wind. First century. You built windmills. Over 1000 survive. And many still work. Some welcome the ...

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