World Harbour days

7, 8 en 9 September 2012

For 35 years Rotterdam shows the ins and outs of Europe’s largest port during the World Port Days. A large variety of port companies give youa glimpse behind the scenes of their daily operations. In the city centre along the river Maas and quaysides you will find a wide range of companies, vessels, activities and industrial material.

Apart from this the World Port Days offer you the opportunity to visit different companies by boat, bus or train. These excursions are truly one of a kind; usually you’ll never be given the chance to visit the Port’s industrial areas!

This year’s theme is all about Music: The Port of Rotterdam sounds like music!
Not only will there be fascinating musical shows on the water during the weekend, special music venues on the quays will bring an abundance of musical performances every day, all day long. On Saturday afternoon the Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival will have about 20 unique concerts on the Wilhelminapier, all for free, click here for details. The city center will also harbor various performances along the maritime route from central station to the event area.

Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony will be a surprise for every visitor with its unique combination of spectacular stunts on the water and different styles of music. The classical music of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev  Orchestra will play a special part in the ceremony. The show will take place on the river Maas on Friday 7 September at 2 pm.

Saturday night
Definitely worthwhile is the Saturday night programme on the river Maas, where one can expect music, festivities on the water, light shows and last but certainly not least a dazzling firework show. The show ‘World Port Days the Musical’ starts at 8.30 pm on Saturday 8 September.

Closing Performance
On Sunday afternoon it’s time to officially close the World Port Days 2012 with a festive show on the water. You don’t want to miss this one. Sunday 9 September at 4.50 pm.

Don’t miss out on the excursions. These fully organised trips take you by bus, boat, train, bike or even by helicopter to one of the many companies located in the port of Rotterdam. 

How to buy your excursion tickets
Internet Ticket sale starts Monday 27 August at 10 AM. 

From Wednesday 5 September till Sunday 9 September there will be a designated desk to buy tickets and obtain purchased Internet tickets. Opening hours: 5 September 12 pm till 7 pm, 6 September 10 am till 7 pm and during the event on 7, 8 and 9 September from 8 am till 6 pm. This desk can be found at the Travel agency (Reisbureau) in the floating detached house in the Rijnhaven. 

Important notice
• Alterations in excursions and times are subject to change
• Duration of excursions is approximately indicated
• Obtained tickets cannot be returned
• Under no circumstance is it possible to make use of your own transportation to visit companies in the port
• Identification required

Start excursions
All bus excursions leave from Veemstraat, near the floating detached house in the Rijnhaven.

Accessibility of the port
Wheelchair accessible excursions can be recognised by a symbol. Most of the excursions, especially excursions by bus, have a continuation on the company terrain by foot. Please note that most of the company buildings have stairs as well.

Participation Conditions Excursions
• Participation in the excursion program is for your own risk.
• Alterations in excursions and times are subject to change.
• Duration of excursions is approximately indicated.
• Obtained tickets cannot be switched or returned.
• Solid footwear recommended.
• Please be present 15 minutes before departure of the excursion.


The EIC organizes unique bus excursions with visits to companies in the port and industrial area, view points, and a visit to the exposition of the EIC. Take a day off for a tour because the port is 45 kilometers long. Very popular is a trip to Maasvlakte 2 and the Future Land Information Centre, currently under construction on this new port area.


Contact Info

Visiting Adress:
Noordzeeweg 6
3181 ML Rozenburg
Havennummer 5325

Opening Hours:

08:30 - 17:00 uur
Closed on Saturday and Sunday
Faxnumber: 0181 - 21 95 90

Phone number:
0181 - 29 60 29