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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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 Rotterdam offers harbour tours throughout the year. Their earliest tours depart around 10 am and the last tours depart around 5 pm. The Spido schedule strongly depends on the season and there's a different schedule for weekdays and weekends. The daytrips to Tweede Maasvlakte and to the Land van Heusden and Altena are scheduled a few times per week only. Please check on www.spido.nl for an up to date schedule. Please note: Spido deparures require a minimum of 20 passengers!
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.
To travel between the different quays. Tickets: €2,50. Stops: Rijnhaven (Hotel New York) - Katendrecht (SS Rotterdam) - Parkkade (Euromast) - Willemskade (Spido).
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.
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.
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.
World Port Festival takes place from 07- Sept- 2018 till 09- Sept- 2018.
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