Of course you will be present in the RDM Onderzeebootloods on May 23 for the Navingo Career Event. But as long as you are in Rotterdam, you might as well experience some of the many maritime hightlights in the city! We have gathered some of our favorite hotspots for you.
In the heart of the city you'll find the Maritime Museum
This museum is located in the oldest and largest port museum of the Netherlands, the place where world port Rotterdam once was founded. Here you'll discover the enormous influence the maritime industry has on our daily lives. In the Leuvehaven you will also find Vessel 11, a former lightship transformed into a cozy English gastropub. Perfect for a maritime themed lunch or drink.
From the past to the present in just a 10-minute walk
At Willemsplein you can board the Spido Port Tour, because if you are in the city with one of the largest ports in the world, you must of course have seen it from up close, and from the water preferably. With the Spido you experience a special cruise between the traffic of sea and inland vessels. During this 75-minute journey you will have a unique view on unique shipyards, docks and the hypermodern transfer of thousands of containers.
Contemporary cuisine in a nostalgic setting
From Willemsplein you walk across the Erasmus Bridge to the 'Kop van Zuid'. Do not forget to enjoy the amazing view on the way! Turn right to the Wilhelminapier, where you'll find Hotel New York at the end. Hotel New York is situated in the former head office of the Holland America Line, where thousands of people started their trip across the Atlantic, hoping for a better life in America. Nowadays, Hotel New York is a great place for a meal, drink and fantastic views on the Maas river from the terrace.
You can also choose to cross the Rijnhaven bridge behind Hotel New York to Katendrecht, where you'll find the Fenix Food Factory. This is an old port warehouse that hosts a culinary fresh market, with products made by local entrepreneurs. Here you can grab a nice meal and enjoy it on the waterfront. From the Fenix Food Factory it is another 15-minute walk to the beautiful SS Rotterdam, former flagship of the Holland America Line. Take a tour, or enjoy a drink on the upper deck. What more do you need?
Not in the mood for sightseeing?
Besides being a port city, Rotterdam is also a student city and therefore full of nice bars and restaurants. Two well known nightlife areas with a maritime atmosphere are the Scheepvaartkwartier and the Oude Haven (Old Harbour). The charming Oude Haven is one of the oldest ports of Rotterdam and a popular area amongst local students. Here you'll find lots of places for a bite and a drink. If the weather allows it, the waterfront terraces are a great place to sit and enjoy the sun.
For the ultimate maritime experience it is an absolute must to ride a water taxi! These little boats tear over the Maas river and connect many hotspots with each other, such as the Leuvehaven, Veerhaven, SS Rotterdam and Hotel New York. There are several stops scattered throughout the city, where you can step onboard and travel to your next destination within minutes. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!