Katendrecht Rotterdam

Katendrecht Rotterdam

Katendrecht (nicknamed ‘de Kaap’) is a neighbourhood in Rotterdam South and belongs to the Feijenoord district. It is located like a peninsula between the Rijnhaven and Maashaven. In the twentieth century, it was the most famous prostitution area of ​​Rotterdam for a long time, with many places of entertainment for sailors. However, nowadays it is the home of the hipsters and a dream destination for foodies. The Katendrecht Peninsula has been in the bustling zones of the city in a few years, without losing its raw fringes. Read more about this interesting neighbourhood below!


History of Katendrecht in Rotterdam

The name Katendrecht appears for the first time as a craft that belonged to Mr. van Putten in 1199. In 1375, the Duke Albrecht of Bavaria ordered the land to be rediscovered after the craft flooded in the previous two years due to dyke breaches . In 1410, Jacob van Putten, lord of Putten, granted a permit to embank a piece of floodplain. This country is later known as Jacob Potsland or Oud-Katendrecht. The part that will be reclaimed after a dyke breach in 1463 is referred to as Nieuw-Katendrecht or Meester Arend van der Woudensland.

There was an important ferry connection to the Veerhaven on the north side of the Nieuwe Maas. In 1895 the municipality of Charlois and thus Katendrecht was annexed by the municipality of Rotterdam. The most important reason for this is that people wanted to expand the port of Rotterdam and needed space. Already in the same year they started digging the Maashaven and Rijnhaven.

The majority of Katendrecht was demolished for the construction of the ports: around 700 houses, farms, a few country estates and the church were demolished; approximately 3500 people had to leave Katendrecht. After the completion of the ports in 1911, virtually nothing was left of the rural village on the river; Katendrecht had become a peninsula between the Rijnhaven and Maashaven. There were railway yards, sheds, silos and cheap workers’ houses on the peninsula. Furthermore, sailor bars and so-called boarding houses; houses where sailors stayed on a next ship awaiting work. The neighbourhood became more and more a shady neighbourhood where gambling, healing stolen things and doing prostitution.


Renovation of Katendrecht in Rotterdam

Until the mid-1980s, the neighbourhood was mainly known as a red-light district and Chinatown and still has that image among many people in Rotterdam. In 2010 Katendrecht lost the status of problem neighbourhood. This is due to the recent innovations that have changed the neighbourhood. For example, old rental properties are refurbished and then sold. Moreover, the safety index of the municipality of Rotterdam showed for two years in a row that Katendrecht can be counted among the safest neighbourhoods in the city.

The new bridge from Katendrecht to Hotel New York, the Rijnhaven Bridge, is popularly called ‘Hoerenloper’ (Translated ‘Whoremonger’); a reference to the former red-light district. The bridge lands on Katendrecht between the Fenix ​​sheds on the Deliplein. In the summer of 2007, there was talk of constructing a cable car from the Euromast to Katendrecht, but this plan was not implemented.

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Interested in learning more about Katendrecht? It is one of the hotspots we visit during our Highlight Walking Tour or Highlight Bike Tour through Rotterdam!