This year’s theme for Rotterdam World Port Days is the ‘colorful port’. Europe’s largest port is not only literally colorful with its myriad containers, ships and cargo, it also offers an array of unexpected treasures along the waterfront.
Adding a splash of color to the port area are areas brimming with unique flowers and Scottish highlander cattle. There are a wealth of works of art and architectural masterpieces to be seen.
The World Port Days celebrate the port city of Rotterdam. Hundreds of thousands of people seize the opportunity each year to gain a unique behind-the-scenes view. The highlights this year include the tugboat parade, emergency and drudging demonstrations and a sloop race. Plus one of the impressive P&O cruise ferries will ‘make a U-turn’ on the river. There will also be a program of star-studded entertainment and fireworks on the Saturday evening.
The Royal Netherlands Navy ships and a submarine will be moored on the quays along the river Maas. De Karel Doorman, which is the largest navy ship Holland has ever had with a length of 205 meters, will be open to the public for the first time. For the younger visitors there will be a special Kids’ Square at the end of the Wilhelmina Pier.
Visitors can also go on one of the many excursions to the companies located in the port of Rotterdam such as Dutch Customs, Damen Shiprepair and the ECT Delta Terminal (Europe’s largest container terminal). There will also be the unique opportunity to visit the world’s largest coal unloader at the EECV and the much-discussed LNG terminal or to take a boat trip on the Port of Rotterdam’s executive vessel called the Nieuwe Maze.
During the weekend the Maritime Museum will open its doors to visitors free of charge. Children can also experience the ultimate port sensation at the Kids Marina children’s attraction. As the captain of a police boat, tugboat or round trip boat, they can learn about the port and its functions and vessels while they are sailing. Visitors can take a round trip boat ride with Spido and Splashtours’ amphibious bus is a great adventurous way to explore the river Maas.
Entrance to the World Port Days is free. Only the excursions are subject to a charge. Tickets for the excursions are available online.