This part next/behind the Maritime museum is hardly noticeable from the Schiedamsedijk street level. Sure you will see the light house, a crane, ships and other heavy metal objects sticking out at the water side. It’s the outdoor and permanent part displayed and demonstrated by the Harbour museum (now part of the Maritime museum too). It will tell you about the history of Rotterdam as a port way back in the days when it was in the center.
But walk towards the water and take a closer look, you will find a walkway floating from the Leuvehaven towards the Wijnhaven area. This is the Kraneschipbrug.
I like to use this shortcut as it’s not only handy if I’m on my way home or going to the Witte de With quarter. It’s a nicer ride as it’s a whole different area and you don’t really realize you’re passing some islands right in the center.
You can’t miss the red lightship at the end of the walkway, it’s now called Vessel 11 after several changes and now a British gastropub and venue. Do check out the Regentesse bridge with the lions, see if you can spot some lions on a rooftop too.
From here you can also ‘hail’ a watertaxi. Check the sign and call them to bring you to HNY (or Katendrecht) which is a great ride as you will see more of the inner harbours and will pass underneath the Erasmusbridge.