The old harbour or ‘De Oude Haven‘ as it’s called in Dutch. The oldest and first actual harbour in Rotterdam that finds it’s origin in the 14th century. This is where the shipping started and has made Rotterdam grow over the years.
In the middle you see the first and highest skyscraper of Europe called ‘Het Witte Huis’, (the White House) with only 45 meters from the top to the ground nothing special nowadays but hey, that was back in 1898! Now one of UNESCO top 100 monuments in the Netherlands. In the early days this was the tallest office building in Europe and was inspired by Manhatten’s skycrapers. The top floor used to be a viewing platform back in the days. The White House now has a café on the ground floor. This is the only building that remained in the Old Harbour after the bombings during the war.
De Oude Haven Rotterdam now is known for it’s going out and nightlife. There are many bars and restaurants that have terraces from where you can enjoy the great view. The contrast is great with the oldest and some of the newest skyscrapers almost side-by-side in the skyline.