The Tiny Dutch Village With A BIG Tourist Problem

Just 60 people live in the Dutch village of Kinderdijk, but more than 600,000 tourists visit it each year.

The 18th century village has become a tourist hotspot for its windmills and UNESCO heritage listing.

But the locals are fighting back, demanding the number of tourists be capped.

"We are happy with the tourists, they bring in the money that helps to maintain our buildings, but this is too much," Kirsten Wensveen told local broadcaster RTV Rijnmond.

A resident of the mills of Kinderdijk (L) hands out a brochure to some foreign tourists. Image: EPA

"With elections coming up, we want to make it clear that 600,000 visitors are the absolute maximum," said Anja Noorlander.

Locals have made their displeasure known to visitors by handing out cards with a passive-aggressive message.

"Thank you for your visit. We've lived here for centuries," it says.

“600,000 tourists per year, 60 inhabitants all year long. 10,000:1 #overtourism."

UNESCO describes the villages 19 windmills as 'beautifully preserved'. Image: Getty

Residents recently had a win with local council over drones, with tourists now needing a permit to use them to take photos of the windmills.

But this isn't enough for those living in the village, as they become increasingly angry with the Kinderlijk World Heritage Foundation for making decisions without consulting the community.

"In the past year, for example, a new cruise boat has started sailing past the windmills, and the Foundation has extended public access hours without discussing it with us," resident Peter Paul  Klapwijk said.

"Sometimes it feels like people are sitting right there in your living room."