Concert- and congress centre De Doelen is a world-acclaimed concert hall in the Mauritskwartier district in Rotterdam where around 600 concerts are given each year. In addition to classic concerts by orchestras including the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the concert calendar also features world music and jazz.
The history of de Doelen dates back to the seventeenth century when an orchestra of city musicians gave public concerts in ‘De Doele’ located on the Haagscheveer in Rotterdam. It was replaced by the ‘Groote Doelezaal’ on the Coolsingel road that was opened in 1844. A new Doelenzaal was opened in 1934, but it was destroyed in the bombing of Rotterdam in May 1940. The current de Doelen was not opened until 26 years later in 1966. The building is a municipal listed building and is viewed in Rotterdam as the ‘the culmination of the reconstruction’ that has huge cultural and historical value.
The extremely varied programming, ranging from large crowd-pullers to specialised concerts for sophisticated music connoisseurs and from children’s concerts to concerts with music from different countries of origin, makes de Doelen a centre of music for everyone. De Doelen is consequently Rotterdam’s most well-visited centre of performing arts.
De Doelen is also a favourite venue for high-profile international events including the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Gergiev Festival.
The monumental building is located literally in the heart of the city just 200 metres from Central Station. Paid car parking is available in the Kruisplein and Schouwburgplein parking garages located next to the venue.