Old Harbour
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
The 'Old Harbour' is the historical hotspot of the Rotterdam city centre, developed itself into a vibrant city area at the north of the Maas river.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Neighbourhood: Stadsdriehoek
How to get there
  • Blaak • 2 min walk
  • Oostplein • 7 min walk
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  • Rachel B
    London, United Kingdom54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    lovely area to find a nice restaurant
    Nice pretty area which is basically a strip of restaurants lining the harbour. You can walk around it in 10 mins. We visited a few times, once in the day and took some lovely photos and twice in the evening to sit outside and eat. There are loads of great please to eat or stop for a drink. Most have a canopy so don't let the rain put you off.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Tin_Manila
    Manila, Philippines377 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to hang out
    From Rotterdam Blaak station, we went to the Old Harbor through the Cube Houses (functions as an overpass too). We were here in the afternoon and we found it a nice place to hang out and pass time. Lots of tables and seating area outside. Just choose among the open cafes.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 June 2023
  • WELLNESS W
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My kinda place! Well worth the visit
    Very Appealing city, flew direct into Rotterdam airport which is quaint, and very efficient. Stayed in central business district very nice architecture shops and historic references to read about. Will definitely return next time for a holiday.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Around the World in 80 Stays
    London, United Kingdom28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beauty spot in the heart of a modern city
    Rotterdam isn't an obvious destination for a city break and after being heavily bombed during WWII, it’s not a particularly pretty city. However, there are still some very scenic spots and the Old Harbour is one of those just off the main square with plenty of bars and restaurants to soak up the view. For a full visual review of our trip to ‘Rotterdam’, please click on the 'Around the World in 80 Stays' icon and follow the YouTube link to see a glossy film of the whole experience plus many other films. And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel for lots of interesting films, constant updates, and even more hot travel tips!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 November 2023
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Jodie C
Staffordshire, UK9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Possibly the best sandwiches we’ve ever had! The food was incredible, the service was good. Unfortunately, because it’s outside there was bird poo on the chairs and wasn’t somewhere you would want to pop your handbag on the floor. But no faults on the food.
Written 29 January 2024
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,770 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Looking at the idyllic Old Harbor, it is difficult to imagine that the largest port in Europe has grown from here. Audi Haven is not the oldest port in Rotterdam, but historically such a name has stuck. The first pier was built here around 1350. As a port, it ceased to exist in 1980 and has been a place of entertainment for almost half a century. It is easy to get here through the Blok metro station, next to which the famous cubic houses are located. The Old Harbor has its own White House (Het Witte Huis), which was once the tallest skyscraper in Europe (45 meters) and survived the bombing of 1940. Most of the other houses were destroyed, so there is a modern building here. In addition, there is also a Maritime Museum. I arrived here late and all I had to do was wander around and look at the moored ships, cranes and the lighthouse and the waters of the Maas..
Written 20 January 2024
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Around the World in 80 Stays
London, UK28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Rotterdam isn't an obvious destination for a city break and after being heavily bombed during WWII, it’s not a particularly pretty city. However, there are still some very scenic spots and the Old Harbour is one of those just off the main square with plenty of bars and restaurants to soak up the view.

For a full visual review of our trip to ‘Rotterdam’, please click on the 'Around the World in 80 Stays' icon and follow the YouTube link to see a glossy film of the whole experience plus many other films. And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel for lots of interesting films, constant updates, and even more hot travel tips!
Written 6 November 2023
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WELLNESS W
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Business
Very Appealing city, flew direct into Rotterdam airport which is quaint, and very efficient. Stayed in central business district very nice architecture shops and historic references to read about. Will definitely return next time for a holiday.
Written 3 November 2023
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David N
Brisbane, Australia1,705 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed the old harbour area. We found it a relaxing place to walk, grab a bite and a drink and just sit back and enjoy the old harbour
Written 4 October 2023
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Tin_Manila
Manila, Philippines377 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
From Rotterdam Blaak station, we went to the Old Harbor through the Cube Houses (functions as an overpass too). We were here in the afternoon and we found it a nice place to hang out and pass time. Lots of tables and seating area outside. Just choose among the open cafes.
Written 29 June 2023
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Rachel B
London, UK54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Nice pretty area which is basically a strip of restaurants lining the harbour. You can walk around it in 10 mins. We visited a few times, once in the day and took some lovely photos and twice in the evening to sit outside and eat. There are loads of great please to eat or stop for a drink. Most have a canopy so don't let the rain put you off.
Written 10 April 2023
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rosaline2015
Liverpool, UK3,652 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Well worth a visit, so pretty and seems very chilled to rest of city.
Lots of places to eat around to watch the world go by.
Written 5 January 2023
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Jodles
Brussels, Belgium338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Lovely terrace overlooking the harbour with patio heaters and blankets. Very friendly staff. The old bay coffee with baileys and amaretto is highly recommended.
Written 29 December 2022
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,706 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Rotterdam has always been a place with goods being imported and exported due to its location near the North Sea. The area near the Old Harbour gives you a flavour of how things used to be and there is still alot of original architecture in place to check out.
Written 22 July 2022
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