Located in the city’s revitalized Maritime District, Rotterdam’s Old Harbor (Oude Haven) is a boat basin filled with restored historic ships, including houseboats some locals inhabitants. It’s the city’s first port, dated back to 1350. Today it’s an entertainment center of Rotterdam, with a unique mix of old and new structures. Take some time to wind down, sitting outside one of the many cafes and restaurants. Observe the atmosphere or walk around watch the boats being painted or repaired. Signs indicate the ages of the ships and old pictures of the commercial port and shipyard in this area.
2 – 3 hours
Accessibility Level – High
3011 WB Rotterdam, Netherlands
Dutch (official language), Frisian is spoken in the northern province of Friesland. English, German and French are widely spoken.
Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors
230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs with two round pins are standard
Alongside the harbor stands Het Witte Huis (The White House). Built in 1898, it is known for being the first skyscraper in Europe. The building is 45 meters high (148 feet), the tallest skyscraper in Europe at the time it was built.
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Best Time To Visit
Rotterdam weather is oceanic. You can expect rainy days all year long. However, the temperature rarely reaches extreme levels. The best time to visit Rotterdam is in the spring and summer since there’ll probably be fewer rainy days, with pleasant weather. The hottest month is August and the coldest month is January. Remember to check the weather forecast few days before the trip and before heading to the airport.