Boat Tours, Rotterdam
When you go for a trip on this boat, you can eat as much pancakes as you like. The trip takes about an hour and whike you are eating you can admire the Rotterdam Skyline. On Saturdaynight it is possible to have a moonlight cruise and of course eat as much as you like. Have fun!
The boat excursion with the the passengership 'Nehalennia' takes you from central Rotterdam to the village of Kinderdijk in about an hour, up the river 'Nieuwe Maas' and 'Lek'.
Rotterdam is the only high-rise city in the Netherlands with a true skyline. It houses several of the tallest structures in the Netherlands. It has a reputation in being a platform for architectural development and education through the Berlage Institute. Rotterdam is standing in the best European SkylineTop together with Frankfurt, London, Paris, Brussels, Moscow, and Warsaw.
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The Spido (pronounced Speed-oh) tour boats depart from their own private dock located below the Erasmus bridge so they are very easy to find. The tour boats are pretty large (ours held 660) so unless its a high day or holiday your likely to get aboard. When you do rush right to the top deck, its open to the elements and gives you by far the best views especially if your taking photos.
The automated recorded? speaker describes frequently what your passing and in several languages including English, and is quite clear.
From Central station Metro Leuvehaven, Tram 7, 20, 23 or 25
We bought a combined ticket with the Euromast so saved a couple of euros.
The pancake boat next to the Euromast is a great attraction for families. On a boat tour through Rotterdam you can see all major sights like the port, the SS Rotterdam, hotel New York, the Erasmus bridge and the Euromast. While you're enjoying the view you can eat as many pancakes as you can! They serve all kinds of pancakes and kids can prepare their own ones with all kinds of ingredients! There's even an indoor playground for the kids.
Located near the Erasmusbrug are the Spido boats. If you take a tour on one of these, you'll get to see Rotterdam from the water and see what used to be the worlds biggest port. It also gives you a very different view of Rotterdam.
Spido boatride through the harbours of Rotterdam takes you from the foot of the Erasmus bridge to the east towards Brienenoord bridge and back west, under the Erasmus bridge towards the imposing harbour area.
While doing the Spido Harbour tour, you will see some interesting things on both banks of the Nieuwe Maas. This includes for example the wharf where the "Delft" is built. This is a 18th century sailing ship built in traditional way. The wharf is also open for public. I haven't visited it, but for further details, you can check http://www.dedelft.nl/index.html
Keep your eye open for signs like the one on the second picture. They show the kilometers of the Rhine river. This sign, kilometer 1007, is one of the last before the river (here: Nieuwe Maas) flows into the North Sea.
Depending on the Spido tour you take, the functions of several parts of the harbour are explained. So, you will get a small insight and see some order between all the containers, cranes and vessels.
For more information about the Spido harbour tours, please check my tip called "Spido Harbour tours". for details about an unsually shaped, checkered building, check out my tip about the "Shipping and Transport College" (Off The Beaten Path).
If you want to see the harbour, you will get your 75 minute overview with Spido. Depending on the day of the week and time of the year, also longer tours are offered. The tour starts close to the Erasmusbrug and continues along the Nieuwe Maas through the harbour areas of Rotterdam. You will see big ships and containers and get your background information in four different languages. Structures along the Nieuwe Maas and older parts of the harbour close to the city center also for a part of the tour. On the spacious boat, you can seat inside or on the open deck, drinks and snacks are offered for sale.
Tickets are available at the Spido office (8 EUR). Once the tourist information at Coolsingel also had tickets for sale, but this was given up in the time they moved their office to another building at Coolsingel in 2006. Perhaps, this will be or was picked up again.
The tour is a little too “touristy”, but if the weather is nice, it’s a good way to start a day in Rotterdam. For details and pictures about the sights along the Nieuwe Maas check out my tip called "Along the Nieuwe Maas with Spido"
You cannot visit Rotterdam, one of the largest harbours of the world, without seeing the harbours. I made a harbourtrip by boat with Spido to see the harbours not too far from the citycentre. It was a trip of one and half hour, but you can make extended trips as well of three or six hours to the more far away areas into the direction of the North Sea like Botlek, Europoort or even the Delta Works.
We visited the Waalhaven and other parts of the harbour to see cargo ports of the highest standard. It's impressive to watch the huge amount of containers. The huge cranes lift the containers from all over the world to forward them to their final destination by road, rail or inner waterway in Europe... or the other way round.
It is fascinating to look at all the activities in the harbour, the docks, the huge cranes, the container- and cargoships and all other traffic at the water.
You cannot visit Rotterdam, one of the largest harbours of the world, without seeing the harbours. The best way to see the harbours is making is a boattrip.
The year round Spido offers various harbour trips. I made the regular boattrip of one and half hour through the port of Rotterdam, but there also trips of three or even six hours to the Botlek, Europoort and Delta Works.
From the boat you can have a good look at the spectacular skyline of the 'Manhattan on the Maas' with its impressive architecture. You will have nice views at the Erasmusbridge and the Willemsbridge, the hotel New York, the Euromast an other sights as well. Heading west you will reach the harbour areas with the docks and wharfs.
During the boattrip there is information in 4 languages about Rotterdam, the harbours and all the sights you pass along the waterside.
You can take the waterbus/ Fast Ferry to visit another beautiful city near Rotterdam, Dordrecht.
It's a nice way to see Rotterdam and it's suburbs from the water. And you can take your bicycle with you.
Prices are the same as going by train, it's just more fun!
This boattrip shows you the harbour of Rotterdam. It takes about two hours. While your on board you can eat as much as you like. Different soups and more than twenty different dishes are served. Go ahead let yourself go!
Since Rotterdam is one of the biggest harbour cities in the world it's really nice to make a boattrip.
There are several companies that offer this. 'Spido' is well known. Another cute boattrip is with the 'Pannekoekenboot' (= Pancake boat).You pay EUR 12 for an adult and about EUR 7,- for kids. The trip lasts an hour and you may eat-all-you-can pancakes in the meanwhile! I took this trip once with my niece and nephew (1,5 & 6 years) and they loved it!
If you want to see the city and harbour from the Maas river, take a trip with Spido. In only 75 minutes you will see Rotterdam with everything that lives on and next to the water. It will be quite an experience to see the warfs, docks and silos at such close distance and to participate in the busy sea and river traffic which has given Rotterdam it's fame.
You will get information (in 4 languages) about the areas and buildings along the waterside. Especially when the weather is nice it is a must to do this trip. Admission is e8.
In only 75 minutes, discover ROTTERDAM and all the sights is has to offer on and around the water.
Anjoy the memorable experience of seeing the shipyards, docks and quays up close and being part of the heavy traffic of sea-going vessels and inland ships of a river that brought GLORY to ROTTERDAM. (RIVER MAAS)
I have so much more to tell you about all the different trips this SPIDO people have in store for you but my advice is: use the URL and/or email address in case you want to know more....
Good Luck......and I can recommend it all to you....