From 1873 until 1978, the Wilhelminapier was filled with passengers that used the Holland-America Line (HAL) to travel to and from North America and Canada. Fortunately, this dynamism has not been lost. This is what makes the area so appealing. There is always something to do: the heart of Rotterdam is close by, and the many cultural hotspots, bars and restaurants on the pier offer endless entertainment. Living high up in one of the towers offers a supremely relaxing environment and a magnificent view.
The memories of days gone by have not been lost. Several well-preserved monuments and the names of streets and buildings still refer to the pier’s rich history. The Wilhelminapier is named after Queen Wilhelmina, who visited the harbour area when she was ten years old, shortly after succeeding her father. A year later, the Prinsessekade was renamed Wilhelminakade.
The Wilhelminapier is one of the Netherlands’ architectural highlights. The pier is reminiscent of the cosmopolitan harbour areas in Sydney, London and New York. Monumental warehouses and spectacular new constructions come together seamlessly. It is not an urban jungle, but it does combine urban appeal with the added value of the water.
Those familiar with the Wilhelminapier will know that it is home to numerous cultural and culinary hotspots. In addition to Herman den Blijker’s Las Palmas restaurant, as well as many other restaurants, its attractions include the hypermodern art house LantarenVenster, the “new” Luxor Theatre, the photographic museum and the Hotel New York. The Cruise Terminal Rotterdam, that former hotspot of days past, has not been forgotten and still plays a prominent role. Nowadays, the striking building is often home to events and expositions.
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By crossing the Erasmus Bridge, you can walk straight into the heart of Rotterdam, while crossing the Rijnhaven Bridge will take you to Katendrecht, a real up-and-coming place to be. The Deliplein, with its cosy cafes, special eateries and the Walhalla theatre, is also definitely worth a visit. As a resident of Rotterdam, you simply must visit the historical vessel SS Rotterdam at least once in your life. The hotel inside the ship is an excellent location for your guests to stay.