Delfshaven, Rotterdam

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  • The entrance to the Voorhaven.
    The entrance to the Voorhaven.
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  • The Achterhaven.
    The Achterhaven.
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  • Start of the Achterhaven.
    Start of the Achterhaven.
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    Beautiful Delfshaven

    by aukjejetty Updated Jan 11, 2004

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    A little away from the citycentre is an old harbour called "Delfshaven". Kick-off point for the Pilgrim Fathers' foray to the Americas in 1620, this solitary tree-lined canal has exclusive shops and restaurants,

    It is strange when you get there by subway. I walked up from the subway and was a little surprized to get into a street with all these eating places, turkish, surinamese, and some pubs. I was wondering where the "beautiful" part was that I had heard of.

    I finally found it around the corner, somehow it felt totaly different around that corner, old dutch houses, well preserved, and more expensive dutch restaurants. It was indeed a gorgeous part of the city, and since it is so easy to get here by subway, you should see this part when you are in Rotterdam.

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    Delfshaven

    by Airpunk Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    This small port was once the port of the city of Delft and has a historical background. It was the beginning point of a large trip for some of the american pilgrim fathers from the "Mayflower". The mill is still in use! Most of the buildings around the harbour are used as living houses and some have a small restaurant or bar. Don't miss the museum "De dubbelde palmboom"

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    De "Dubbelde Palmboom"

    by Airpunk Written Aug 19, 2005

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    The Dubbelde Palmboom is a museum in Delfshaven with en exhibition about the importance of sea trade for the city of Rotterdam. It has a large part about VOC porcellain as well as a nicecorner about the famous privateer Piet Hein. The name "palmboom" was the nickname of one of the two warehouses which now form the museum building. After it got a twin sister, the buildings were called de "Dubbelde Palmboom".

    If you buy a ticket for this museum, you can use it afterwards also at the historic museum "Het Schielandhuis" in the city center.

    De Dubbelde Palmboom
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    De Delft

    by Britannia2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If a group of volunteers who show visitors around their exhibit could win an award for enthusiasm the people here would win - De Delft is an old Dutch ship sunk by the English ( I felt slightly guilty but the guide said we were forgiven now) in the North Sea off the Dutch coast that has been raised from its watery grave and brought to Rotterdam to renovate and re-build.
    You are shown how the work is underway to build internal and external parts and add them to the hull of the ship that stands on the dockside. There are also exhibits from the past and displays of what life was like on the ship.
    Visitors are taken around by a guide and descriptions can be in Dutch or English.
    Not suitable for disabled people other than the main exhibition area and cafe. The restrooms are clean and there is a very good cafe/restaurant at the museum.
    Closed on Mondays.

    The hull of the Delft
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    Delfshaven

    by mocca Written Mar 3, 2003

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    Delfshaven is a little piece off Rotterdam with old buildings, and you can have a nice little walk there.
    Just be carefull, as it used to be a bit dodgy there, things have improved, but night time isn't the best time if you don't know the area.

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    by Pieter11 Written Sep 20, 2006

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    To the West of the citycentre of Rotterdam you will find the suburb Delfshaven. It's located very close to the Euromast and is at walkable distance from there.

    Delfshaven is a different story from the rest of Rotterdam, mainly caused by the big German bombing of the city in 1940. Where the complete centre was faded away by these bombs, Delfshaven wasn't affected. This makes it one of the only really old parts of the city.

    The area was built in 1389, when a canal was dug to connect the city of Delft with the Meuse River. At the end of this canal a small village soon appeared, called Delfshaven meaning "Harbour of Delft".

    The village originally was mainly dependent on fishing and whale hunting. Later, when it grew bigger and bigger, more industry and trading activities were started here.

    After the Second World War, the area was completely renovated and the old mill "De Distileerketel" was rebuilt as it was one of the only building that was destroyed during the war. Delfshaven became a national monument and still is a unique and peaceful place in the hectic and modern city of Rotterdam.

    Old warehouses Delfshaven A gull in the canal Drawbridge in Delfshaven
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    See What Pre-War Rotterdam Looked Like

    by Rixie Updated Aug 7, 2010

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    Delfshaven is like a step backward in time, yet it's part of a modern city. See my Rotterdam introduction and my Pieter Jan and Family travelogue for more details.

    Top of the windmill at Delfshaven

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    Oude Delfshaven – Picturesque area.

    by Jerelis Written Jun 3, 2015

    Whenever I think of Rotterdam I do think about the aerial bombing of the city at the beginning of World War 2. The objective was to support the German troops fighting in the city, break Dutch resistance and force the Dutch to surrender. This so called Blitz destroyed almost the entire historic city center of Rotterdam. Therefore the city center is a mixture of some historical buildings and most of all new, modern and designer buildings. The Oude Delfshaven (old harbour of Delft) is an amazing exception to this, while it was spared for the bombing.

    Historic Delfshaven is a picturesque area of Rotterdam that just begs to be explored. Once part of Delft, the Oude Delfshaven has a grand history and is famous for its association the first colonists of the area in what would later become New England. With its shipyards and warehouses, Delfshaven was an important location for the Dutch East India Company, the VOC. After our visits to the modern Markthal and Euromast, it was a great pleasure to go back into time.

    The entrance to the Voorhaven. Enjoying the facades at the Oude Delfshaven. Old warehouse in the Oude Delfshaven. Having a break in Soif. Returning to the Voorhaven.
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    Oude Delfshaven – Old historical harbour.

    by Jerelis Written Jun 3, 2015

    We parked our car near the Café De Oude Sluis, a great place to start our hike in the Oude Delfshaven. Do keep in mind that it is rather expensive to park your car here. We first started at the Voorhaven and learned that the harbour itself was created in 1389 as a harbour for the city of Delft as a competing harbour for the city of Rotterdam. Nowadays, because of the expansion of Rotterdam, it is just a part of the city.

    With its shipyards and warehouses, the Oude Delfshaven was an important location for the Dutch East India Company, the VOC. Nowadays it’s nostalgic and intimate, laced with waterways and canals lined in historic buildings and courtyards. It is an ideal place to just wander around. We followed our hike via the Piet Heynsbrug towards the Aelbrechtskolk with its famous mill “Korenmolen de Distileerketel”. We definitely enjoyed the old and historical setting we were at.

    The Aelbrechtskolk: Kolk en Wallekant. Nice art work on the walls. Start of the Achterhaven. The well known Pelgrimskerk.
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    Oude Delfshaven – A must visit!

    by Jerelis Written Jun 3, 2015

    Keep in mind that fishing, shipbuilding and the distillery of jenever were the main sources of income here. The Dutch East India Company had important wharfs and warehouses in the Oude Delfshaven, and one of the Dutch West India Company's most famous commanders Piet Hein, was born here. History, history and even more history to enjoy! Via the Achterhaven we slowly returned to the point we started our hike.

    We passed the Pelgrimvaderskerk on the Voorhaven harbour, which dates back to 1761 and is a tangible marker of that chapter in history. Finally we ended up at the café Soif where we enjoyed our well-deserved cold glass of beer. The Oude Delfshaven is a great place to shop to your heart’s content in charming boutiques and ateliers, or sit at one of the many sidewalk cafes and enjoy the exceptional beers on tap. Must visit!

    The house where Piet Heyn was born. Hiking our way around in the Oude Delfshaven. The Achterhaven. Haveing a nice brake at Soif.
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    Delfshaven

    by IceBear7 Written Mar 14, 2003

    The whole city of Rotterdam is very modern, a lot of concrete, sometimes boring sometimes spectacular architecture.

    EXCEPT: the suburb of Delfshaven.
    Here you find old buildings, streets with canals, windmills - finally the feeling of really being in the Netherlands.

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    Delfshaven

    by bonio Written Aug 16, 2011

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    Enjoyed two afternoon visits to this lovely and seemingly unspoilt part of town. Not a huge area but good to explore and there are some great cafes to pass the time in!

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    Museum De Dubbelde Palmboom

    by Kozzmozz Written Aug 25, 2002

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    When you want to get a impression about the history of Rotterda, you definately have to see this one ! Lot of info, beautiful expo....

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    Delfshaven

    by Lalique Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Delfshaven
    One of the few places in Rotterdam which escaped severe bombing during WWII and retained its beauty of old times...

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