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Royal Walk Route

The Royal Family’s walk will start at 11.00 am on Thursday 27th April at the Afrikaanderplein in the Afrikaanderwijk in Rotterdam South. The Royal Family will then walk towards the Maashaven via the Pretorialaan. The route will continue across the Maas from the corner of Maashaven North and East. The Royal Family will cross over to the Leuvehaven by water taxi. Their journey across the water will take them along the ss Rotterdam, the Holland America Line’s former flagship. The Royal route will then continue past Hotel New York, the Wilhelmina Pier and under the Erasmus Bridge. The crossing will end at the steps in front of Plein 1940 at the artist Ossip Zadkine’s 'The destroyed city' war memorial. The walk will then continue across the Blaak, with a clear view of Piet Blom's Cube Houses. The Royal Family will walk towards the Laurenskerk via the Dominee Jan Scharpstraat and subsequently walk straight through the Markthal and conclude the route at the Binnenrotte.

Rotterdam wants to show the city in all its versatility and colourfulness with this 1 kilometre long walking route and the crossing over the water. A city where many people have started again and are still starting over today. Built and developed by people from all corners of the globe. The Rotterdam vibe is truly tangible and visible in everything we’re doing for King’s Day in Rotterdam.

Walk the route

Imagine yourself King & Queen and walk the King's Day route in Rotterdam. The route draws a line through the city and will offer a complete picture within a single kilometre: you’ll see and experience cultures, art, architecture, innovation, food, history and the future. Download the route here (in Dutch), including some interesting and surprising facts along the way, making sure you'll really feel like you’ve been part of it all! Did you know that parts of this route have been visited by Royals visitors many times before? Make sure you book the Water Taxi from the Maashaven jetty to the Leuvehaven-Centre jetty well in advance (, or alternatively enjoy a walk across the Erasmus Bridge.

Are you with a group or a class and would you like to head out with a real Rotterdam guide?

That certainly also forms part of the possibilities all year round. Why not enjoy a little trial run with your family, colleagues or students in March and April, or maybe walk the Royal route just after King's Day! You’ll be accompanied by a real Rotterdam guide, who will turn it into a truly unforgettable tour. If you’d like more information about what’s included, all the possibilities and (education) rates, then please send an email to, mentioning the following in the subject line: King's Day 010 Route.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Royal walk will start at 11.00 am and end at approximately 13.00 pm.

The walking route is approximately 1 km long excluding the crossing of the Maas. As is customary on King's Day, the Royal Family will stop at various different places along the route.

The Royal Walk will start at 11.00 am near the Afrikaandermarkt, Rotterdam South

The Royal walk will end at approximately 13:00 pm at the Binnenrotte. That’s where the celebration party for the Royal Family and the public present will take place.

There will be sufficient space for the public along the route. Keep an eye on this website for more information.

This will be announced on 30th March. The program will then be available on this website.

Yes, the program will take people with disabilities into account.

No, you don't have to buy a ticket to stand along the route.

We don’t know yet. Keep an eye on this website for more information.

Take a look at the  section ‘accessibility’ on this website. Or visit

Host City Rotterdam (the Municipality of Rotterdam and Rotterdam Festivals) have decided on the route in consultation with the Netherlands Government Information Service, the police and the Royal Household.

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