Delfshaven
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BastiaanMol-art
Netherlands15 contributions
Feb 2013 • Friends
I was born in Rotterdam , but have lived nearly 20 years abroad in UK,Belgium and Germany.
Rotterdam is a suprising city.Most tourists usually go sightseeing in Amsterdam,Volendam,etc.
But also Rotterdam has it`s typical sites.Everybody knows Rotterdam was bombed flat during WWII. But that was 60 years ago and alot has happened there.If you are in the centre of the city, take a walk through the "Nieuwe Binnenweg" It is a very suprising shoppingstreet with clothes,bakeries, funstuff, 2nd hand record/CD-stores and if you follow the street, you will find restaurants, furniture, hardressers, tropical foodshops,etc.This is a VERY long street,so bring your walkingshoes with you.When you follow this street up to the end of it,you find a bridge.
Cross this bridge and you are in Delfshaven, the only really old part of Rotterdam that was left after WWII.
Delfshaven - and I mean most of all the historic part- is however not big, a great place for a stroll.
One can see how Rotterdam used to be ,around 1700. From this place the socalled Pilgrimfathers set off for America,henc the small church,which is still there.
When you cross the bridge after you entered Delfshaven from the Nieuwe Binnenweg,you`ll bump up a few old cafés ,like Ooievaar , Hiernaast and De Oude Sluis. The last one has some very special woodcut murals dating from 1700. In the summer they also have a great terrace outside on which you can overlook the historic Delfshaven .After the terrace take a stroll and find small restaurants, antiqueshops ,etc. Restaurant Millers, situated near one of the bridges is always one of my favourites.During summertime they have the best terrace of Delfshaven.When there is sun, THIS is the place to sit.Quiet, and relexed ,and the rush and noise of Rotterdam`s citycentre seems so very far away.`Historic Delfshaven also has its own brewery "de Pelgrim".
In the evenings check out restaurant "Bla-Bla", totally vegetarian and on the same site restaurant "Fritschy" a refined kitchen in a tiny restaurant but delicious food.Be quick as the restaurant only has 5 tables and many people know their way to this small restaurant.
Walking back to the city over the same bridge from which you cam, just after the bridge on the left you`ll find restaurant "De Olijventuin", a Turkish-mediterranean restaurant with a very hospital owner. In summertime a nice terrace under olivetrees. Order a glass of wine and some special "cigars" ,turkish crispy baked dow with a filling of goates cheese(fetta)
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Written February 3, 2013
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leon b
Rotterdam, The Netherlands86 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
Delfshaven is a nice little area west of downtown. A beautiful piece of Rotterdam. There is nothing wrong with that, in my opinion it lacks liveliness. If you are interested in this kind of typical Dutch architecture, I recommend visitors Delft, Leiden, Utrecht or Amsterdam. Who visiting Rotterdam for beautiful medieval architecture will be disappointed.
My advice: Visit Rotterdam fine examples of post-war and bold modern architecture and the dynamic admosphere.These are the characteristics that make it different from other Dutch cities.
Written August 11, 2016
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ericgoldman
Mountain View, CA228 contributions
Delfshaven is an old Rotterdam port--one of the few parts of Rotterdam that wasn't obliterated by WW2 bombing. Unfortunately, there was no "there" there. It's a small island in the middle of Rotterdam sprawl, and the remaining buildings were not worth the detour. Worse, I went to find the vegetarian restaurant Bla Bla, which was unexpectedly closed with no posted hours. There is a windmill at the island's tip (open with very limited hours) if you want to check off that box on your Dutch vacation checklist.
Written August 1, 2010
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands20,111 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
Delfshaven is a well preserved Dutch harbour from the golden age, now embedded in multi-cultural Rotterdam. Home town of the famous Piet Heyn, who stole the silver Armada from the Spanish. There is ao. a large reconstructed windmill you can visit, and many other attractions and restaurants.
Written June 2, 2023
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Hendrik_NL
Vlaardingen, The Netherlands7,374 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Rotterdam is famous as a city of modern and daring architecture. A virtue was made from the need of constructing a new city center after the German bombing of May 14th, 1940. However, there are still spots in Rotterdam where pictures can be made of historic streets and waterways. One of those spots is Delfshaven in the western part of the city. In the 13th century, permission was given to dig a waterway from the river Schie in the city of Delft to the river Meuse. Where this waterway met the Meuse, the village of Delfshaven sprang up. Engulfed by the Rotterdam sprawl in the 19th century, this part of Rotterdam still retains the village character round the waterway, called the "Delfshavense Schie". Part of Delfshaven is dedicated to the 16th century Dutch sea hero (and a bit of a pirate on the side) Piet Hein. The Piet Hein bridge and the statue of Piet Hein are proof of this. Delfshaven is not large. Step past the Piet Hein statue and you are back to the traffic arteries and ugly concrete buildings in this part of Rotterdam. But Delfshaven is charming; most historic buildings have plaques with an explanation of the building. Restaurants and cafes are available, but most are closed early in the morning. Delfshaven is the birthplace of the take-away dish "Kapsalon", a plastic container with French fries, shoarma meat, salad and lots of sauce.
Written October 27, 2018
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Doris V
10 contributions
Feb 2016 • Solo
The classic houses are a pride of Rotterdam, but unfortunately the neighborhood hasn't been the safest one. You shouldn't have a problem at day, but be a little extra careful when walking alone at night if you're a female. You could receive rude comments. Despite that, it is a nice idea to walk around, maybe get an ice cream.
Written February 1, 2016
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Rotterdamcityblog
Rotterdam, The Netherlands21 contributions
Mar 2017
This inner-city harbour is famous for its canals, historic buildings and courtyards. Stroll the historical streets, wharves, and canals, and explore the hidden treasures of Delfshaven, a real nostalgic place. Both locals, and tourists enjoy this nice piece of heritage.
The two historical bridges are perfect spots for some beautiful pictures of wooden ships, docked at the rustic quays.
Written January 24, 2018
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Akxsel
Rotterdam, The Netherlands436 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
Visiting Delfshaven is a time-warp back to the 17th century, it's definitely worth a visit. The architecture, the historical ships, the fine restaurants, pubs, and art galleries.
Written March 12, 2017
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LauraRotterdam
Woerden, The Netherlands14 contributions
This is what Rotterdam looked like before WWII. Very nice for a walk and a coffee afterwards. Good restaurants too.
Written February 22, 2012
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peterww2013
Rotterdam, The Netherlands393 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Beautiful part of Rotterdam with some houses, cafés, windmills and churches from the 17th century. Very nice for walking around and discovering by yourself.
Written February 2, 2020
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