A few weeks ago, I was passing by historical Delfshaven, in Rotterdam. Now, I have cycled close by, many times before, on my travels to and from work, but I have never really stopped off to take some time out and look closely at this great area. So, with a little time on my side and the perfect weather conditions, on this warm summers day. I took the opportunity to get off the bike (for once) and simply wander and explore this unique and historical location.

Delfshaven is a small borough located in the city of Rotterdam and is situated on the banks of river Nieuwe Maas. Delfshaven and the surrounding village was a separate municipality until 1886, when it became part of the bigger city area of Rotterdam. Situated next to the river it formed an important port and shipping route out to the nearby North sea and onwards, inland to the river Rhine and Europe.

Delfshaven is one of the most pleasant districts in the city of Rotterdam. It is an inviting place where you can still feel the atmosphere of historical pre-war Rotterdam. It has many interesting and special things to discover, like the Pilgrim Fathers’ Church (Pelgrimvaderskerk), the city brewery De Pelgrim, and De Delft, which is a stunning replica of an 18th-century warship.

Delfshaven is a small inner-city harbour with many historical buildings and boats found all around. Unlike most of Rotterdam, Delfshaven was actually spared during the bombings raids of World War II. So, if you would like to get a real impression of what Rotterdam looked like before the bombings, then you should definitely visit the Delfshaven area. This picture perfect area has a unique feel and rich history. The architecture is stunning and there are many bars, cafes and restaurants to make your visit even more worthwhile.

As someone who loves to travel and experience new things, places. I feel quite humbled to live so close to something so unique and appealing. As a hobbyist photographer and keen writer, I find the area provides an interesting combination of old and new, and a great source of inspiration for my work, on my website

I hope you enjoyed reading more about historic Delfshaven? It is a real hidden gem and maybe it can become top of your 'things to do' list the next time you visit the Netherlands. Once again thank you for passing by and if you would like to read more of my work, please feel free to visit or view regular images on my Instagram account @garethmate. _

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