The Leuvenhaven – located at the Maritime District – was still a busy commercial port a hundred years ago. Today, it’s home to the country’s oldest Maritime Museum. You can experience what made Rotterdam the major world port that it is today while standing on historic ships and cranes. Behind the Maritime Museum is De Verwoeste Stad (‘The Destroyed City’), the striking bronze statue by artist Ossip Zadkine, the empty space in the figure’s chest gaping in stark symbolism of the destruction of the city’s heart in the German bombardment.
Along the Leuvehaven you will find numerous restaurants offering outdoor dining, including Mainport Hotel’s celebrated restaurant Down Under. Perhaps one of the most unusual restaurants in this area is Vessel11, on a fire engine-red light ship in the Leuvehaven. On deck you can enjoy the signature British fare and wash it down with the restaurant’s own craft beer, V11.
The Leuvehaven has its own stop for the speedy Water taxi service and the Hotel New York Ferry.