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“Holland in one day”
Review of Delfshaven

Delfshaven
Ranked #11 of 198 things to do in Rotterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 29, 2013

If you come to Rotterdam for the day, but want to see "picture book" Holland, come to Delfshaven - there are canals, dutch bridges and windmill all together in a small part of town... just as some great dutch pubs and de Pelgrim beer.

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

A little out of the way, but worth a visit, especially on a warm evening. The harbour traffic is fascinating to watch at work. The museum is good if the weather is bad.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

We went there just to walk around a look at the boats and docks. It was lovely. If you go in the winter, as we did, wear thermal underwear and a face mask!

2  Thank Ann B
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

Superb work being made to creat this wonderful ship a full sized replica of a 18th century ship. Fasinating to go around seeing all the different skills in use to creat this new masterpiece.
If you are in the slightest way intersted in ships then this is a must do while there.
The water taxi ride to get there was an excellent experience as well.

1  Thank Keith J
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

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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