The Holland America Line connected Rotterdam and New York for years. Now it is the architecture of ‘Manhattan on the Meuse’ that shows similarities. The only remaining original structure on the Wilhelminakade is Hotel New York, the former headquarter of the Holland America Line. Have a drink and a bite to eat here while enjoying the skyline of Rotterdam.
The Wilhelminakade along the river Meuse is the famous pier of Rotterdam. Between 1901 and 1971 ships would sail from Rotterdam to New York and back. The Holland America Line was the gateway to America for many (Eastern) Europeans, especially during World War I.
Rotterdam and New York
There is a strong connection between Rotterdam and New York. Ships have sailed between the two cities since 1873. Nowadays, the architecture of Rotterdam has an American character too.
Skyscrapers fill the air along the Wilhelminakade. The architect’s motto seems to be the higher, the better. The average height of the buildings is around 150 meters and most of them have been constructed using the latest sustainable techniques and daring design. Due to these architectonical developments, Rotterdam is also known as ‘Manhattan on the Meuse’.
Enjoy the Skyline
The only original structure on the Wilhelminakade in Rotterdam (which was there before the 1940 bombings) that still remains is Hotel New York. What used to be the headquarters of the Holland America Line is now a hotel and restaurant where you can have a drink and a bite to eat while enjoying the skyline of Rotterdam.
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