One hundred years ago, the Leuvehaven – located in the Maritime District – was still in full use: there were several breweries and the sea fish market was the center for the fish trade in Rotterdam. During the bombing of Rotterdam in 1940, all buildings around the Leuvehaven were destroyed.
Today, the Leuvehaven offers space to the oldest shipping museum in the Netherlands: the Maritime Museum. On historic ships and cranes you can experience how the world port of Rotterdam originated here. In July and August, the Maritime Museum organizes boat trips through the Leuvehaven and surrounding inland ports.
Behind the Maritime Museum is De Verwoeste Stad. The bronze statue by Ossip Zadkine depicts a human figure without a heart, a symbol for Rotterdam that was hit in the heart by the German bombardment.
There are several restaurants with terraces on the Leuvehaven, including the Down Under restaurant of Mainport Hotel. One of the most striking restaurants is Vessel11, on a bright red lightship that is located in the Leuvehaven. The deck is a sunny terrace, where you can enjoy typical English dishes and the homemade V11 beer.
The Leuvehaven is located in the Maritime District. Beurs Metro Station is a 1-minute walk away, where various tram lines also stop. The Beursplein parking garage is approximately 2 minutes away. The Leuvehaven also has a jetty for the fast Watertaxi and for the Hotel New York Ferry Service.