Rotterdam is believed to be the largest harbour in the world; it acts as an important shipment port for goods transported between the European counties and the world. Rotterdam has kept its name to be the best of goods handlings despite other ports in the world.
The employees of the World Port Centre enjoy a fantastic view of Rotterdam. The 32-storey building was designed by Sir Norman Foster. This British architect acquired international reputation with his designs for Stansted Airport near London, the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank in Hong Kong, the extension to the Reichstag in Berlin and the 259-metre tall Commerzbank in Frankfurt. His style is characterized by slender structures, large, clear spaces and subtle details. In 1999, Foster won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.
This is clearly an experience which should not be missed. Boat excursions through harbours are also offered elsewhere but this here is the biggest of all ports in the world. The boats which leave from Leeuwhaven (take the metro to the station with this name) are very nice and perfect for this purpose. The explanations are given in four languages and the tour is about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Rotterdam has one of the biggest, if not the biggest, port in the world. Well, I am probably the 10000th one to write it on the VT pages. Anyway, I did a visit by boat of the harbour and it was pretty amazing to discover how wide the harbour is. It actually has been moved outside the city and is extended on many kilometers. Great for those interested in industry, shipping, transportations... or people just curious to know how their computer has been transported from the manufacturer to their place... thanks to huge containers boat.
This tunnel is the oldest car tunnel in the Netherlands and was inaugurated in 1942, during WWII. Although the official inauguration took place in on February 14th, it was probably already used by the people of Rotterdam a few days earlier. It is said that before the opening ceremonies, two schoolkids on their bikes came out of the tunnel. The tunnel is open for motor vehicles, but can also be used by cyclists or pedestrians. The entries for them are found in the ventilation buildings, which can easily be recognized. One is close to the Euromast while the other one is in the harbour areas of the south bank. Note the wooden escalators when entering the Maastunnel.
The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe.
Covering 105 square kilometers (40.5 sq mi), the port of Rotterdam now stretches over a distance of 40 kilometers (25 mi). It consists of the city center's historic harbor area.
Rotterdam's harbour territory has been enlarged by the construction of the Europoort (gate to Europe) complex along the mouth of the Nieuwe Waterweg, and by the Maasvlakte in the North Sea near Hoek van Holland.
The 32 sotrey building has been designed by Sir Norman Foster, a British architect.
It is not without reason that the Port of ROTTERDAM is the largest one in the world!!
Come see for yourself!!
This exhibition will explain it to you!
In a spectacular presentation you will undergo the fascinating world of the Port of Rotterdam which is not without reason the NUMBER 1 port in the world.
The Maritime Museum Rotterdam shows not only nowadays Port but also its HISTORY.
The "scale"model of the harbour area from the INNNERTOWN TO THE NORTH SEA is impressive and colourful.
Underneath this scale-model is another one showing the same area as it was around the 1700s.
A giant screen shows overwhelming film images which take you on a trip through the harbour.
Follow the ships on-line via a special system that is available....
Let yourself be surprised by a survey of the streams of transportation from the Harbour area and surf on INTERNET to important information about the Port of Rotterdam.
If you aren't satisfied yet, then sit down in front of the TIME-NAVIGATOR which will bring you (by means of computer) 1000s of pictures and dozens of parts of films from present and past.
Rotterdam is the largest containerport of the world, and the largest harbour as well. Impressive sightseeing, huge containerships and cranes....
Cruises are possible, contact the ´Spido´ for a sightseeing: www.spido.nl
At the Maasvlakte, a few kilometers west from Rotterdam, there's an area called Maasvlakte. This is the place where the ships enter the port of Rotterdam.
Please take some time to visit the port of Rotterdam.
Beautiful sceneries, with the biggest cranes in the world, container- and cargoships, oilcompanies and a lot of water !
It is quite far, isn't it? Well, we could have traveled with metro or anything to the port, but that would take us so much time that we could'nt have visited Delft...
A good way of discovering the docks of Rotterdam is Speedo a company that make boat trips through the harbor of Rotterdam. With guide and food on board.