World Port Festival Rotterdam
Spectacular demonstrations on the river Maas
The Wereldhavendagen (World Port Festival Rotterdam) is an annual event that lets you peek behind the scenes of one of the worlds’ biggest harbours. During this three day festival, a lot of nautical demonstrations and tours to companies that operate in the harbour are being organized. The World Port Festival offers activities in and around Rotterdam, such as Royal Dutch Navy helicopter shows, diving demonstrations, a water cannon show of the Rotterdam Port Authorities and several boat races on the river Maas. Also the Dutch Police and Fire Brigade show what they have in store. Big dredging companies such as Van Oord show up with huge barges, on board which you can have a look around.
World Port Festival Rotterdam for kids
Kids will love this event: there is also a special Kids Square with small boats at Wilhelminapier just in front of Hotel New York. You can test your Marines skills at the obstacle course. All shows can be viewed for free from a grand stand at Wilhelminakade or from Willemskade at the North bank of the river Maas in Rotterdam.
Day Trips to the port hot spots in Rotterdam
During this harbour festival many big companies have open house. Join one of the numerous excursions by bus or boat to Delta Terminal - the biggest container terminal in Europe - or to the cruise ferry. Major companies like Shell, MAERSK, LyondellBasell, ECT or Kuwait Petroleum also show their businesses. World Port Festival is an excellent opportunity to visit Maeslant Storm Surge in Hoek van Holland that protects Rotterdam from flooding.
Explore the Rotterdam harbour
Go for a nostalgic cruise on paddle-steamer de Majesteit or step aboard the Rotterdam Harbour Museum's steam tug-boat. Sailing trips with the three-masted Minerva or de Eendracht are also fun to do. The all year Rotterdam attractions, such as SplashTours, RIB-experience, Future Land, the Pancake Boat, Spido Harbour Tours and museum ship ss Rotterdam have a special program during the World Port Festival in Rotterdam. Stroll around at the nautical market at Veerhaven Harbour. Have a look behind the scenes at Rotterdam The Hague Airport where helicopter and airplane sightseeing flights take off to show you the port from the sky!
Ear-deafening horn blasting at the World Port Festival in Rotterdam
Daily from 5:00 till 5:30 pm the end of the event will be celebrated by sounding the horns of all ships on the Maas accompanied by a water cannon show. The ships' hooters can be heard from far beyond Rotterdam city limits!
Nacht van de Kaap party weekend
The Rotterdam Port Festival mainly takes place at the river banks, but in Rotterdam city centre, there are a lot of seaman show choirs in cooperation with the Shanty Festival Rotterdam. Is there a party going on? Yes there is! At Saturday evening, the festival 'Nacht van de Kaap' is the place to be with a lot of live music, snacks and drinks. It takes place at Deliplein in the heart of Katendrecht, the former red light district of Rotterdam, within walking distance from Hotel New York. Admission €20.
Fireworks show in Rotterdam
The World Port Festival festival is the last festival in Rotterdam of the yearly festival season and therefore it finishes off with live performances and a spectacular fireworks show from a floating pontoon on the river Maas at 10:30 pm. Don’t miss it!
Spido Festival Tour met de Wereldhavendagen
Op zaterdag 3 september geniet je aan boord van de Spido Rotterdam van een ontspannen rondvaart, een heerlijk koud/warm buffet, live-entertainment en uiteraard een 'eerste rang' uitzicht op de spectaculaire avondshow op de Maas. De avond begint met een heerlijk ontspannen rondvaart waarbij je door de Spido crew wordt verwelkomd met een heerlijke 'welkomstcocktail'. Vervolgens kun je van diverse koude en warme gerechten genieten die de chef op een buffet zal presenteren. Na de vaartocht van ca. 1 uur meert het schip weer aan naast de Erasmusbrug, vanwaar je eerste rang kunt genieten van de schepenparade en geheel traditiegetrouw, de spectaculaire vuurwerkshow ter afsluiting. Programma: inscheping vanaf 18.30, aanvang programma om 19.00, einde programma om ca. 24.00 uur. Tarief volwassenen €57,50 p.p., kinderen (4 t/m 11 jaar) €35,50 p.p. Meer informatie vind je op: www.spido.nl/nl/wereldhaven-festival-tour
TICKETS World Port Festival Rotterdam
Excursion ticket sales at Port Festival Rotterdam
All nautical demonstrations on the river Maas are free. Excursion rates start at €3,50. Some of the port excursions are very popular, so be smart and buy your tickets in advance because they might be sold out on festival days. Tickets can be purchased online at the World Port Festival festival website, or at the ticket office in front of Museum steamer SS Rotterdam. All bus excursions also depart from there. Boat excursions depart from Rijnhaven. Please note that you have to bring your ID if you want to join one of the excursions!
DATES World Port Festival Rotterdam 2016
The World Port Festival is an annual event in Rotterdam. The 39th edition takes place on Friday 2 till Sunday 4 September 2016. Daily excursions and marine demonstrations from 10 am till 6 pm.
World Port Festival Festival
Friday 10 am: Opening Show
Saturday 9 pm: Evening Show
Saturday 10:30 pm: Fireworks Show
Saturday 8 pm: Nacht van de Kaap
Sunday 5 pm: Closing Show with horns
PARKING World Port Festival Rotterdam
The best things in live are free!
Most free demonstrations, events and excursions of the World Port Festival are held on the river Maas and its banks in Rotterdam. A grand stand is available at Wilhelminakade, close to Hotel New York.
TIP: The Erasmus Bridge is an excellent place to watch! Other hotspots are Willemskade, Veerkade, Veerhaven, Westerkade and Parkkade.
Ferry Service at World Port Festival Rotterdam
To travel between the different quays. Tickets: €2,50. Stops: Rijnhaven (Hotel New York) - Katendrecht (SS Rotterdam) - Parkkade (Euromast) - Willemskade (Spido).
World Port Festival Rotterdam by public transport
The Wilhelminapier is located near the Erasmus Bridge and the New Luxor Theatre. From Rotterdam Central Station, get there by metro (stop Wilhelminaplein) and walk from there. Travel in style by Watertaxi, which stops just in front of Hotel New York. To travel by public transport in Rotterdam you must purchase a travel chip card first.
World Port Festival Rotterdam by car
If you come by car, avoid the traffic jams and park at the P+R Parking lots in Rotterdam, just outside the city centre, as Wilhelminapier and the maritime quarter are closed for all motor vehicles during the World Port Festival.
Cheap parking at World Port Festival Rotterdam
Park your car for free at the Entrepothaven parking lot at Rosestraat, within 10 minutes walking distance from Wilhelminapier. Some other public car parks in Rotterdam city centre, such as Kruisplein and Schouwburgplein have a reduced parking rate of only €7,50 per day.
CONTACT World Port Festival Rotterdam
World Port Festival Rotterdam
Ticket Sale SS Rotterdam quay
3e Katendrechtsehoofd Rotterdam
Tel: +31 (0)10 252 4949
Tel: +31 (0)85 487 2112 (excursion tickets)
E-Mail: [email protected]
BOOKING A HOTEL IN ROTTERDAM AT THE WORLD PORT FESTIVAL?
Rotterdam is as crowded as it can get during the World Port Festival. If you need a place to stay, be smart and book early! Have a look at our directory of hotels in Rotterdam with smart prices.
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