We offer an extensive social programme that you don’t want to miss!

The reception is at Rotterdam Town Hall, a neo-Renaissance building with Romanesque, Byzantine, and Art-Deco influences and impressive interiors, the boat trip goes to the authentic windmills of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage, the conference dinner is at a beautiful Italian restaurant, and the walking tour guides you through a city voted last year by The New York Times as the 10th best city in the world to visit!

As you can see on the map below, all sites are less than twenty minutes on foot (notice the scale in the left-bottom corner).

ICWE Social Programme Map

Walking Tour Rotterdam

The enthusiastic guides of Rotterdam Discovery Tours will proudly show you the city and tell you about the architecture, the history, the art, culture and ports. The guides know many hidden spots and, when possible, will take you inside some special buildings.

When: Tuesday, June 23, 18:00-19:30
Where: In front of the conference venue

Town Hall Reception

The welcome reception will be held at the Rotterdam city hall. In 1905, because of increasing lack of space, the council decided for the construction of a new city hall. 15 years later, the neo-Renaissance building with Romanesque, Byzantine, and Art Deco influences was completed. The monumental city hall is not only richly decorated, it also houses a large collection of fine art. In contrast to many other buildings in Rotterdam, it was not destroyed during the Second World War (1940-1945). In this historical building, a representative of the Rotterdam City Council will welcome you in Rotterdam. The Rotterdam city hall is a few minutes walking distance from the conference venue.

When: Wednesday, June 24, 18:30-20:00
Where: Rotterdam City Hall, Coolsingel 40, Rotterdam

Conference Dinner

Italian restaurant O’Pazzo will be our host for the conference dinner. Italian for crazy, O’Pazzo is a beautiful and very good restaurant in Rotterdam. When you are in this remarkable restaurant with its unique interior, very beautiful ceiling paintings, special octopus shaped mosaic oven, crystal chandeliers, tree made out of copper coins, unique toilets and modern, colorful art, you will think you are in one of the best Napolitan restaurants. The delicious food, friendly service, and pleasant atmosphere make O’Pazzo one of the hotspots of Rotterdam. The O’Pazzo restaurant is a few minutes walking distance from the conference venue.

When: Thursday, June 25, 19:00-23:30
Where: O’Pazzo, Mariniersweg 90, Rotterdam

Boat Trip

Join us on passenger ship Nehalennia, where we will sail from Rotterdam to Kinderdijk. Along the way, you will be informed about all the sights. After about one hour, we moor at Kinderdijk, known for its 19 mills which have been proclaimed a UNESCO World Cultural Monument. Here, we will have about one and a half hours to, on your own, visit the area and enjoy the beautiful nature. On the return voyage to Rotterdam, you can enjoy the breathtaking skyline of Rotterdam.

When: Friday, June 26, 14:45-19:00
Where: We embark at the Boompjeskade 123 and will return here as well. Directions in Google Maps from the Conference Venue to the boat can be found here.