Discover Benelux, Issue 76, April/May 2020

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Discover Benelux  |  Culture  |  Rotterdam’s Best Sightseeing Experience

Explore Rotterdam from the water TEXT: MAYA WITTERS  |  PHOTOS: REBUS

For 20 years, nostalgic passenger ship Nehalennia has been carrying tourists around Rotterdam. Its new trajectory shows you around for two hours, making it the longest available harbour tour of this fascinating city. Get on board and see the wonderful contrasts of Rotterdam’s old and new architecture from a different point of view. The Nehalennia, owned by Rebus Sailing Events, dates all the way back to 1908, but is in excellent shape, explains Ronald Van Vliet. “The ship features a sun deck with a capacity

of 80, as well as 100 seats inside with excellent views, so we can accommodate tourists in virtually any weather circumstances.” Rotterdam, also known as ‘Manhattan on the Maas’, has an exceptionally interesting skyline featuring a fascinating mixture of old and modern architecture. Highlights on the tour include the Erasmus bridge, Veerharbour, Parkharbour, Euromast, Schiedam, former cruise ship SS Rotterdam and the splendid old Hotel New York. Thanks to the English audio guide, you won’t miss any of the best views.

Refreshments and snacks are available on board for those who get peckish along the way, and guests are welcome to walk around the ship and explore the best views from all sides as well as the classic interior. At the end of the two-hour tour, you’ll come away with plenty of nice pictures, a lot of interesting historical knowledge about Rotterdam, and a smile on your face.

Get on board the Nehalennia at Boompjeskade 123, between the Erasmus and Willem bridge. From 1 June, Nehalennia sails twice a day, at 10am and 1pm, from Tuesday to Sunday.

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