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Historic Delfshaven

Attraction, Harbour, Outdoor location

This picturesque yacht marina is one of the few parts of the old city that survived the 1940 bombardment of Rotterdam. It has had a remarkable history, both as the departure point from which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed for America and the birthplace of prominent Dutch maritime hero Piet Hein.

Delfshaven locals once earned their living by fishing for herring and distilling gin. The historic canal houses now hold cosy shops selling antiques and bric-a-brac, as well as lovely cafés and restaurants like brewery De Pelgrim and café De Oude Sluis (with waterside patio dining). You’ll also find one of the city’s finest restaurants here, ’t Ouwe Bruggetje, with its outdoor seating right on the water.

Historic Delfshaven has succeeded in preserving its authentic touches, perhaps the most prominent being the old-fashioned grain mill known as De Distilleerketel. Delfshaven can be reached by metro, tram 8 (direction Spangen), tram 4 (direction Marconiplein) and the Watertaxi. 
You can visit the windmill on Wednesday and Saturday from 11.00 till 18.00 hrs. In the summer it’s also open on Sunday from 12.00 till 17.00 hrs.


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