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Waterwoud: A Maaspoint in the green oasis of Brienenoord Island

Waterwoud: A Maaspoint in the green oasis of Brienenoord Island

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Views of the Rotterdam skyline, ships passing by and wild ducks swimming quietly: this is the setting for the city's very first riverside lookout point or ‘Maaspoint’. The Waterwoud lookout point stands at the southwestern tip of Brienenoord Island and is an oasis for plants and animals. Van Oord gifted the structure to the people of Rotterdam to mark its 150th anniversary. The lookout point will be accessible to all from 5 November 2019.  

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Climbing and descending

On one side of the structure, visitors can climb up to the top to watch vessels pass by and enjoy the panoramic view. On the other side, they can descend into the wonderous world of aquatic flora and fauna. Here they will experience the tidal flows and discover unique delta species like the marsh-marigold and freshwater mussel. They will also see birds and bats, which use the vertical pipes as nesting and breeding sites.


Van Oord celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2018. To mark this occasion, the Rotterdam-based company, with its head office on the other side of Brienenoord Island, offered the city the Waterwoud lookout point. It is a gift that invites people to get in touch with the river and to explore a very special spot along its banks. Waterwoud is the first in a series of lookout points or ‘Maaspoints’ that will be situated at the loveliest places along the river. They will all be part of the same concept, but each one will be unique in appearance and features.

Go explore and enjoy this exceptional green oasis at the heart of Rotterdam!

For more information, visit the Maaspoints website (in Dutch) or mail to 

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