This romantic part of town is a protected urban landscape. Imposing town houses line broad, stately lanes, recalling Rotterdam’s rich history in shipping. One of the loveliest spots is the Veerhaven inner harbour, where historic sailing ships rock gently on the water. The area attracts meandering lovers and blushing brides with their grooms, eager to have a photographer immortalise their romantic moment on film. If all that romance makes you long for a glass of wine and a nice bite to eat, check out the cuisine at such charming restaurants as Z&M, Loos and Zinc, or one of the many restaurants in the renovated warehouse complex of Westelijk Handelsterrein. If you’re looking for a truly top-notch dining experience, book at table at the Wereldmuseum restaurant, which was awarded a Michelin star in 2014. The museum curates nearly 100,000 items and another 100,000 photographs from cultures ranging from contemporary society back through ancient history.
Het Park is a popular place to relax and have a picnic in the warmer summer months. It also hosts all sorts of festivals and events. A prominent feature in the park is the Euromast, the highest observation tower in the Netherlands. Situated at a height of 100 metres, its restaurant offers a panoramic view of the city and the port.