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Delfshaven, Rotterdam

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Stroll the historical streets, wharves, and canals, and explore the hidden treasures of Delfshaven, the neighborhood that was one the Netherlands' gateways to the New World. Now a part of Rotterdam, the area originally was developed as the port for the nearby city of Delft. It was the center of the Dutch East India Company, the birthplace of Captain Piet Hein, and the port from which the pilgrim fathers departed for Southampton on the Speedwell. Indulge in the laid-back atmosphere, admire the well-preserved buildings, and take a break from sightseeing at one of the numerous pubs and restaurants. The area is the home to a selection of galleries featuring local arts and crafts, as well as Rotterdam's only brewery. For a true Dutch feeling, tour the area by bicycle. Make Delfshaven a part of your Rotterdam vacation plans using our Rotterdam vacation trip planner.
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Rotterdam offers comfortable lodgings for every budget, from neat little rooms in youth hostels to luxurious suites in boutique hotels. The city's centrally located establishments offer five-star service and easy access to outstanding museums, theaters, restaurants, and bars. The well-connected area near the central train station draws backpackers with its good-value hostels, many of which offer bicycles for rent. For another affordable option near Rotterdam's main attractions, check out the city's riverfront guesthouses, which provide private parking, laundry facilities, and secure luggage storage.
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  • This picturesque quarter of Rotterdam is much smaller than I expected, but I wasn't disappointed. I loved beautiful buildings including the wind mill with their image mirrored in the water and quiet r...  more »
  • Reminded me a little of parts of London from the same era and I was desperate to find some older parts of the city surviving the WW2 bombing and this had quite a lot of older features. Braving the col...  more »
  • This part of Rotterdam was not bombed in WW2 and is very scenic and beautiful. The Pilgrim's Church is very interesting and touching to visit.Great Restaurants here as well.  more »
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