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Owing to the heydays of the genever and shipping industries, Schiedam’s city centre has a wealth of stories. In fact, it has the biggest historical city centre of the Rijnmond area. No other city in the Netherlands has a history quite like it. Built by prosperous distillers, the 225 national monuments in Schiedam have a history you can taste and nostalgia you can feel.
The city centre offers many possibilities for a real voyage of discovery. A city tour takes you along the harbours, the six highest mills in the world, and distilleries and malthouses. You can also follow the footsteps of Saint Liduina, one of the most famous Dutch saints, by admiring her beautiful relics, located in the Liduina Basiliek. The museums, galleries, workshops and specialty shops are definitely worth a visit.
Moreover, throughout the year, the city centre is the backdrop for a large number of public events and has wonderful parks to settle on. Schiedam can also be discovered from the water: from April till October you can take a tour on the Fluisterboot. There are also various mooring points for cruises in the city centre.
The museums of Schiedam tell the story of the city. Relive the olden days in the old grocer’s shop of the Nationaal Coöperatie Museum or in the Jenevermuseum Schiedam, where you can still have a sip of old genever or corn spirit. In the Windmill Museum De Nieuwe Palmboom you can see the miller at work and exhibitions showing the milling history of Schiedam.
In the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam you can enjoy Dutch modern and contemporary art, with Post War as the main exhibition theme. The museum is located in the restored Sint Jacobs Gasthuis and has a wonderful permanent collection of over 250 Cobra works.
With a voyage of discovery through Schiedam, there are also culinary surprises not to be missed. Many restaurants and cafés are situated in special locations such as monumental warehouses, or malt-houses or mills. Colourful cultures, history and modern times come together in the building, interior and cuisine of the restaurants. With its many restaurants, cafés and terraces, the Grote Markt is one of the liveliest squares in the region. If you would rather be near the water, then take your place on the floating terrace, which has an endless view over the Lange Haven.
There are many ways to discover Schiedam.
You will find everything about art, culture, events and the best shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants at http://www.sdam.nl/ where you can plan your ideal itinerary for the day.
Find out everything about art, culture, events and the best shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants in Schiedam and plan your ideal itinerary for the day.
The tourist board of Schiedam (VVV):
telephone: +31 10 4733000