Kop van Zuid & Katendrecht

Two characteristic examples of Rotterdam’s urban development, Kop van Zuid and Katendrecht have had a rich and colourful history. Once a bustling port area that fell into disuse, the Kop van Zuid was redeveloped in the early 1990s to become a metropolitan centre with international allure. Katendrecht, also known as the Cape, was home to one of Europe’s biggest Chinese communities until the Second World War. With its low-rent workers’ housing, sailors’ bars, prostitutes and railway embankments, until the 1980s the area was best known as a ‘notorious’ neighbourhood.

At Kop van Zuid where dockworkers once laboured away and emigrants bid their homeland farewell, a modern entertainment district now offers cafés, restaurants and a theatre. Hotel New York, situated in the former offices off the Holland-America Line on Wilhelminakade, opened its doors in 1993. The area truly came to life in 1996 with the completion of the Erasmus Bridge. Old buildings were redesigned for new uses; modern architecture gave the Kop van Zuid its international feeling. Besides historic buildings like Las Palmas, the Entrepot building and the Cruise Terminal, the area also boasts such imposing structures as Montevideo, the New Luxor Theater and the 165-metre Maas Tower, the highest building in the Netherlands.

Katendrecht, the area between the Maashaven and Rijnhaven harbours was completely transformed into an appealing residential district. The view of the Kop van Zuid, the characteristic homes and the atmosphere of the harbours has restored its exceptional and adventurous image. At the tip, a new landmark has been added to the Rotterdam skyline: ss Rotterdam. This steam-powered vessel was a chartered vessel and cruise ship for many years. After extensive renovations, the ship opened to the public in 2010.


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