The historical harbour 'Veerhaven' ( Ferry Harbour) is situated in the Scheepvaartkwartier (Maritime Quarter), on the north bank of Nieuwe Maas river. The Scheepvaartkwartier, one of the few remained areas from before the WWII, is situated between the Euromast and Erasmus Bridge. Around 1900 the Scheepvaartkwartier was the centre of shipping and international trading. Nowadays it is a lovely area with beautiful merchants houses.
The Veerhaven is a tidal harbour and the home port for a historical sea-going comercial fleet of sailing ships, like former cargo ships (schooners and coasters) and different kind of ships used for fishing (luggers and cutters). There are several classic yachts as well. Most owners live on board of their ships.
In addition to this permanent fleet, the Veerhaven can host visiting ships throughout the year. In case you will visit Rotterdam by private boat: the Veerhaven is safely accessible for smaller ships. In the white building at the northern end of the harbour is the Veerhaven Office, accommodating the harbour office with shower-toilet facilities and a laundry service. The conference room in this unique building is suitable for meetings. At the Veerdam at the southern end of the Veerhaven is the clubhouse of the De Maas Royal Rowing and Yachting Club.
The name 'Veerhaven' or 'Ferry Harbour' got this name, because in former days -before there were bridges- the ferry to the south bank and village Katendrecht left from here.
Visit the economic centre of the biggest port of the world !
Rotterdam has its own skyscrapers, and the biggest buildings of The Netherlands. Rotterdam is also called 'Manhattan on the Maas'. See it for yourself ! Just walk down the street, look up to the sky, and wonder about the height of the beautiful buildings....
Fondest memory: I live here, so I don't have any best memory at all. I like this city, and I love her.....
Favorite thing: I live in a suburb of Rotterdam, 5 kms east of Rotterdam, named ´Capelle aan den IJssel´. Here a impression of my hometown. I live next to the white tower at the right, which is our cityhall. At the front, you see the undergroundtrack, a direct connection to Rotterdam.
Visit Schiedam (at 5 miles): city of Canals, Windmills, historical buildings, houseboats, nice restaurants and a boulevard on the river Rhine.
Fondest memory: Theaters, restaurants, the waterfront, the harbours, the good public transportation, the shops, the pubs.
That day might be Sunday. It's a business district and should be very crowded. However, it was hard to see people that time.
I always like open-air cafe beside the street.
If you should pass the Willemsbridge (red one) you will end up at an island called 'Noordereiland'.
This is a view on that island form 'Boompjes' the promenade at the city side of the Nieuwe Maas.