The Start of The New Life, a symbol of the 19th and 20th centuries’ emigration to “the Promised Land”. That is the Wilhelmina Pier in Rotterdam, part of the Kop van Zuid area of the port city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The Queens Head, as the most western point of the Wilhelmina Pier is called, was THE spot where many fortune seekers said goodbye to their old lives and left for America to start over. The spot is now perfect to lounge at sunset during a hot summer day.
Coffee, tea, beer, whine and a tasty cheese cake are awaiting you just a few meters away, at the outside bar of the Hotel New York. The the copper dome towers illustrate the former head quarters of the Holland-America Line (HAL), which ran cross-Atlantic sea cruise and sea cargo operations ever since 1873. The company still exists, now a sister of the Carnival Corporation, but it sadly left Rotterdam already in 1971. Not that cruise ships stopped calling the port of Rotterdam; on any given day you can expect the world’s giant ocean liners moored to the quay.
Much thanks to the famous British architect Sir Norman Foster the Wilhelmina Pier got revamped to the way it looks now, starting with his area design in 1992. The peninsula is now one of the hot spots of Rotterdam, with top architectonic landmarks build in the later 1800s up to now. Trendy spots include the Dutch Photo Museum in the former HAL building Las Palmas and the rooftop terrace of the NHOW hotel, where you have an excellent view of the iconic Erasmus bridge. | MAGMAR |
Lounging in front of Hotel New York is free and gives you an excellent sunset experience on a beautiful day. Food and drinks are available just behind you. The rooftop terrace of the NHOW hotel is also free and serves tasty meals and good drinks. Both spots are a short walk from underground station Wilhelminaplein.