5 places to go in the harbour Rotterdam


Europaweg 902
+31 (0)10 252 25 20

Imagine building a port 10 kilometres out to sea out of nothing. In the FutureLand visitor centre you can learn about this amazing engineering feat and get a real sense of the scale of Europe’s biggest harbour. From FutureLand, you can go take a boat or bus excursion to explore the port. You can get to FutureLand by car or by fast ferry from Hoek van Holland.


In the heart of the ports lies a green oasis, a man-made peninsula that’s become a wildlife refuge. Walk past ponds, reeds and dunes, see grazing Highland cows and Konik horses, and admire the many birds and butterflies that flock here. At the entrance is an information centre. Reach the peninsula by car (A15 direction Europoort) or with the fast ferry from Hoek van Holland.


By far the biggest beach in Rotterdam, this 7-kilometre stretch of newly added beach is an extension of the port. It’s popular year-round for water sports, kites and long walks (dogs are also allowed). There’s a nude beach and plenty of wildlife, even seals that like to bask in the sun. We recommend going by car.


Maeslantkeringweg 139
Hoek van Holland
+31 (0)88 797 06 30

The Maeslantkering is a storm surge barrier. The two floating gates close when needed, in case of storm and high water, to prevent flooding. It’s part of the Delta Works and one of the biggest moving structures on earth. In the Het Keringhuis information centre you can learn more about this amazing engineering feat and how the Dutch cope with living beneath sea level.


+31 (0)10 252 49 49

During the first weekend of September, Rotterdam’s port opens its doors to the public. Visitors get the chance to experience the working harbour up close, take a look behind the scenes of the biggest port companies, climb on board the deck of a marine ship, watch boat races and enjoy a laser and fireworks show.

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