Wilhelminapier, symbol of modern architecture in Rotterdam
Wilhelminapier is a small peninsula, located at the south bank of the river Maas at the foot of the Erasmus Bridge. One modern building after another has risen here since the beginning of the new millennium and this makes Wilhelminapier the icon of modern Rotterdam!
Great panorama at Wilheminapier Rotterdam
You will find many striking buildings at Wilhelminapier and it's certainly worth a visit. One of the eye-catchers is the beautiful New Luxor Theatre, where many famous Dutch and international artists perform. The well-known Hotel New York can be found at the end of Wilhelminapier as well. This hotel used to be the headquarters of the Holland America Line (HAL), but now you can relax here at their outdoor terrace and enjoy the great view at the river Maas.
Rotterdam Skyscraper City
Above all Wilhelminapier is known for its skyscrapers. The Montevideo tower (152 meter), the World Port Center (124 meter) and the New Orleans tower (160 meter) are all clustered closely together, like in Manhattan, New York. The icing on the cake is a brand new building De Rotterdam, the biggest building of the Netherlands.
Wilhelminapier's roaring history
Wilhelminapier has an impressive history, as hundreds of thousands Europeans migrated from this pier to America at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century by huge Holland America Line passenger ships. Everything at this modern pier reminds of its illustrious past: many docks and streets are named after American cities or HAL ships and this district is still packed with all kinds of maritime objects.
Going out at Wilhelminapier Rotterdam
The days of passenger ships heading for America are long gone and Wilhelminapier has been converted into a modern cruise terminal that enables docking of the biggest cruise ships of the world. For cruise ship passengers to Rotterdam, Wilhelminapier is the starting point of their visit. And that's a great start: besides the great panorama, you could spend a full day visiting the Nederlands Fotomuseum, the cinema / theatre LantarenVenster, the fine restaurant Las Palmas and of course the New Luxor Theatre. The nhow Bar Rotterdam and Gauchos aan de Maas are also worth a visit as they offer a breathtaking view on the river.
Hotels at Wilhelminapier Rotterdam
Presently, you can spend the night at the four stars Hotel New York and the nhow Rotterdam, but witin the next years the brand new Chicago from WestCord Hotels will open its doors.
Interested in modern architecture?
Have a look at the extensive Rotterdam architecture guide for an overview of the most striking buildings!
PARKING Wilhelminapier Rotterdam
Public transport Wilhelminapier Rotterdam
Wilhelminapier is located on the South bank of the river Maas across the Erasmus Bridge near the New Luxor Theatre. From Rotterdam Central Station, get there by metro (stop Wilhelminaplein) or tram 20 or 25 and walk from there. Travel in style by Watertaxi, which stops just in front of Hotel New York. Plan your trip at www.9292.nl. It's free of charge. To travel by public transport in Rotterdam you must purchase a travel chip card first.
Parking at Wilhelminapier Rotterdam
Pay to park your car in the World Port Center parking, in the Q-Park underneath the Maas Tower, or in the surrounding streets, but you'll have to pay to park within Rotterdam city centre until 11 pm by EC card or creditcard. Please refer to our page about parking in Rotterdam. You can also get there by crossing the brand new Rijnhavenbrug pedestrian bridge from Katendrecht, the peninsula where museum steamer ss Rotterdam is moored.
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