Brouwerij de Pelgrim Delfshaven
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Delfshaven is one of the most pleasant districts in Rotterdam. Here, you can still feel the atmosphere of pre-war Rotterdam. Discover special places like the Pilgrim Fathers’ Chuerch (Pelgrimvaderskerk), city brewery De Pelgrim, and De Delft, a replica of an 18th-century warship.

  • Delfshaven is one of the few places in Rotterdam that was spared during the WWII bombing runs.
  • Enjoy a beer at brewery De Pelgrim, the only city brewery in Rotterdam.
  • Sense the history at the Pilgrim Fathers’ Church or on warship De Delft.
Delfshaven is a small inner-city harbor with many historical buildings. Unlike most of Rotterdam, Delfshaven was spared during the bombings of World War II. If you want to get an impression of what Rotterdam looked like before the bombings, you should go and visit Delfshaven. The rich history of this area, the architecture and the many bars and restaurants make your visit worthwhile.

History and beer tasting

Don’t forget to visit the Pilgrim Fathers’ Church during your stroll through Delfshaven. In 1620, the pilgrims gathered in this beautiful church before crossing the ocean, heading for America. Delfshaven is also the place where volunteers are building De Delft, a replica of an 18th-century warship. Visit the shipyard and discover the collection of the associated museum.

When you are in Delfshaven, don’t forget to enjoy a beer at city brewery De Pelgrim. Taste authentic Rotterdam beer and learn everything there is to know about the brewing process.

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Discover the greatest places in this pleasant district in a different way and go street golfing! Café De Ooievaar lets you rent a special golf set with a very light ball and gives you the itinerary of the golf course. Follow the 9-hole course, crossing old bridges, treacherous cobblestones, and through narrow alleys.

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