The Wilhelminapier used to be part of the harbor and is now connected by the Erasmusbridge with the city centre.
Amidst all the skyscrapers, you can still find old warehouses and the cruise terminal. Las Palmas is home to the Dutch Photo Museum and in Pakhuismeesteren Room Mate Hotels, a Mercado on the ground floor and a large rooftop terrace will open in November.
Once, the pier was a departure point for those emigrating on a steamship to the new world. Hotel New York used to be the HQ of the Holland-America-Line, now a hotel and restaurant – just go in to have a look but don’t spoil your appetite here.
At Koninginnehoofd you’ll get a great view over the river and Rotterdam skyline.
Find a large sculpture byInternational Artist Jeff Wall – Lost Luggage Depot. To me this is such a nice area to sit and relax and see dramatic skies and perfect sunsets.
Famous skyscrapers by famous architects on the Wilhelminapier: the World Port Center 2000 – by Foster and Partners, The vertical city De Rotterdam – 2014 by Rem Koolhas OMA, KPN/Belverdere (in November the grid of green lights on the façade will be on again) – 2000 by Renzo Piano, The Sax – 2022 by MVRDV, Boston Seattle – 2017 by Van Dongen _ Koschuch Architect, Vancouver (also home to L/V cinema) – 2009 by Claus and Caan and Montevideo (with big M) – 2005 by Francine Houben _ Meccanoo architects.
In De Rotterdam you’ll find Nhow-hotel bar and terrace on the 7th floor with a great view over the river and Erasmusbridge.