As a port city, Rotterdam has unbreakable ties to the Maas River. There are all sorts of ways to explore and experience the river and the port. The waterfront is a beautiful spot for a stroll. The Willemskade, Maaskade, Willemsbrug, Noordereiland, Wilhelminapier and Erasmus Bridge offer an uninterrupted view of the ships passing by and the city’s characteristic skyline. You’ll come across many places along the way where you can sit down, rest and take in the gorgeous view.

Visitors who want a more in-depth experience of the port can explore by bike, or take a guided tour with an expert who knows all the ins and outs of Rotterdam’s port. You could also explore the river by boat. Take a water taxi or go on a sailing tour of the port with the Spido: the 75-minute boat tour through the port of Rotterdam runs all year round, offering a short, intense impression of the container terminals in Rotterdam.

Take a Watertaxi to Heijplaat, the peninsula that once housed the RDM Rotterdam drydocks, or visit M4H, an untamed area currently being developed as a testing ground for artists, designers and other visionaries.

The port can be felt at all times

Its influence can be felt in the city as well. Various inner harbours in Rotterdam have become the backdrop for lively nightlife districts; the Scheepvaartkwartier, Oude Haven, Historic Delfshaven and the Katendrecht peninsula are excellent examples.

At the Port Pavilion Information Centre at Leuvehaven, hosts explain the port up to the Maasvlakte from an eleven-metre-long photo menu with interactive projections. They provide information about trips and tours, nature in the port and much more. This info centre is free (closed on Mondays.)

The best time to experience the Maas River and the port to the full is during the World Port Days in September. Excursions, demonstrations, sailing trips and cultural entertainment on the water and along the waterfront fill an entire weekend.