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Harbor & Beach

The Port of Rotterdam is known as the ‘gateway to Europe’. Quick links

The Port of Rotterdam is the busiest and smartest port in the world where many thousands of goods are handled every day. The cargo ships that you see sailing past during your walk along the river on the Boompjes show only a fraction of the activity of the entire Port of Rotterdam.

The Port of Rotterdam extends over 40 kilometres. There is so much to discover! ! For example, with the Spido boat, which sails past shipyards, docks and the ultramodern transshipment area with its thousands of containers. Or book a Splashtour if you’re feeling adventurous: this amphibian bus splashes into the water halfway through the tour and attracts a lot of attention! Along the way you catch a glimpse of the Euromast, the ss Rotterdam and Hotel New York.

Innovative testing ground

That Rotterdam is a testing ground for innovative entrepreneurs, artists, designers and architects, can be felt in areas such as Merwe-Vierhavens (M4H): rent a bike to explore this maker’s district, take a look at the Floating Farm where futuristic farming takes place. Then visit the nearby Weelde, a creative free state where you can also stop for a drink and a snack. You can also book a bike tour with Urban Guides and be guided through the city by an enthusiastic local. During the tours you will also visit the AVL Mundo Sculpture Park and the Food Garden of Rotterdam with the innovative Sponge Garden of the Urbanisten.

Innovation along the Nieuwe Maas

Harbor, Nature & Beach

For children, a visit to the Maritime Museum and accompanying museum harbour is the ultimate introduction to the Rotterdam Port. They probably also like the large sandy beaches of Hoek van Holland. Take metro line B to Rotterdam Beach at Hoek van Holland, and you’ll have your feet in the water within half an hour. Rotterdam also has many beautiful parks where Rotterdammers escape the hectic pace of the city. The Kralingse Bos, the Vroesenpark, the Park at the Euromast and the Zuiderpark are popular places for walking, skating, running, sunbathing and picnicking.

 

 

Sleeping on or near the river

After a full day of impressions in Rotterdam, a good bed is essential. Rotterdam has a wide and varied range of hotels, and the price and quality ratio is generally good. If you want to spend the night on or near the water, there is also plenty of choice. Aboard the ss Rotterdam, for example, the cruise ship that sailed between Rotterdam and Manhattan in the 60s. In the famous Hotel New York at the Kop van Zuid. Or in hotel Nhow, in ‘De Rotterdam’ built by Rem Koolhaas. Wake up and have breakfast with a view over the Maas river and the skyline, now we’re talking!

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