Rotterdam has an extensive transport system criss-crossing its mighty Maas river. Logical, according to a passenger on the Watertaxi (one of many fun ways to explore the port city). ‘The Maas river splits the city in two. It’s Rotterdam’s crowning glory, its bustling, vibrant centre. It symbolizes the city’s perpetual energy.’ What we are trying to say is, if you are in Rotterdam, cross its river on one of the classic little wooden boats or the Plug-In Hybride, Europe’s first electric water taxi. If rushed for time, you can catch a modern, super-fast water taxi, recognizable by its yellow and black branding colours.
The Watertaxi network has some 50 stops where you can jump on and off. One of the busiest routes runs between the historic Veerhaven and the former headquarters of the Holland America Line. Hotel New York (and restaurant) is located in this distinctive building that dates back to 1917 and stands as a reminder of the many migrants that set out from this spot to ‘the promised land’.
The Watertaxi isn’t just for short trips. Round trips lasting from 30 minutes to a couple of hours can be arranged for family and friends, using the services of an experienced skipper.