Delfshaven, small diamond in a big city

Delfshaven historic RotterdamWhen we have friends visiting, we like to introduce them to one of the most picturesque parts of the city: Delfshaven

Historical inner-city harbour

Delfshaven is a real nostalgic place. This inner-city harbour is famous for its canals, historic buildings, and courtyards. Wonderful for a perfect walk, or a bike ride. Stroll the narrow streets along the canal, and enter the numerous cozy craft shops, that exhibit and sell jewelry, sculptures, glassware, and paintings.
The two bridges Piet HeynsBrug and MouterBrug are perfect spots for some beautiful pictures of wooden ships, docked at the rustic quays.

Boats docked at Aelbrechtskolk canal in Delfshaven

Pilgrim Fathers farewell

Located on the west side of town, Delfshaven has a Pilgrim Fathers history. Once fled from England, these Puritans sailed from Delfshaven to Southampton, to continue their journey across the Atlantic Sea to North America. The Pilgrim Fathers Church reminds us of their last church ceremony in the Netherlands, before they left.
Because of its shipyard, it was also an important place for the Dutch East India Company (VOC).

Pilgrim Fathers Church near the Aelbrechtskolk canal in Delfshaven

Good glass of Delfshaven beer

Both locals, and tourists enjoy this nice piece of heritage. Last weekend we heard a tourist say: “Delfshaven is like a dazzling diamond in a great architectural city”. Visit the terraces overlooking the water, and enjoy a good glass of Pilgrim beer.
A few days ago we had a lovely lunch in Stadsbrouwerij de Pelgrim (brewery). Around the 16th century, this property was a real Inn. Nowadays, you can still feel some of that typical historic atmosphere.

houses along the Aelbrechtskolk canal in Delfshaven

Delfshaven information tools

  • Location on Google Maps.
  • Please note, parking your car in this neighborhood is difficult. But you can easily get there by tram (line 8) and metro (line A, B and C).
  • A good starting point for a tour is metro station Delfshaven. Walk the Schiedamseweg eastbound, where you’ll find magnificent well preserved stepped gables. A few hundred meters further, turn right into the Aelbrechtskolk.


Delfshaven, historic part of RotterdamCity