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Guide: The National Fireworks at Erasmusbrug


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Rotterdam celebrates the new year with a big show at the Erasmusbrug. Here you can enjoy Hollands’ largest fireworks display, accompanied by good music and entertainment.

Are you planning to visit the ‘National Fireworks’, in Rotterdam? In this guide, we gathered relevant information that might be of use during your visit.

Broadcasting on Dutch Television

Are you celebrating new years eve elsewhere? You don’t have to miss the show! The ‘National Fireworks’ will be broadcasted on four Dutch tv channels: RTL 4, RTL 5, RTL 7 and RTL 8.

Getting to the National Fireworks

Will you be spending New Year’s Eve in Rotterdam? Keep in mind that the regular public transport services will be out of service after 20:00h. The only exception is a special metro service, which will be free of charge.

Special Metro Service
Between 22:00h and 01:30h two metro lines will be in service, departing every 10 to 20 minutes. The metros will only stop on stations listed below. Please note that it is forbidden to bring any fireworks onto the metro, even when in the package.

Metro Rotterdam, New Years Eve 2019-2020
During NYE 2019/2020, two underground lines are open between 22:00 and 01:30h.

Travel to Beurs or Wilhelminaplein
During New Year’s Eve, Leuvehaven station will be closed. Guests, who visit the National Fireworks can exit at Beurs station. If you travel on the E line, Wilhelminaplein station is nearest to the Erasmusbrug.

New Years Eve in Rotterdam


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Celebrate the beginning of the new year in a spectacular way. In Rotterdam, you can enjoy the countries largest, and most beautiful fireworks show.

‘The National Fireworks Show’ takes place at the bridge Erasmusbrug, and consists of music performances and the large fireworks show. Before midnight, you can enjoy music and entertainment. One of the performances is a special composition that will be played by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

When 2019 runs out, the countdown begins, and there will be a large firework show in front of the bridge. We advise to be a little early, to find a good stop. Around the bridge, it usually gets very crowded.

A few good spots to see the fireworks are Buizenpark, Willemskade, or Maastunnelpark. The observation tower Euromast is further away, but from up there you will have a beautiful overview of the fireworks show.

The rest of the night, you can join one of the many parties. Are you looking for a good party? We list most New Years Eve parties here.

Public Transport on New Year’s Eve

On New Year’s Eve, most trains, metro‚Äôs, trams and buses run only until 20:00h. But there will be two special metro lines from 22:00h till 02:00h. These run between Meijersplein and Slinge, and between Vijfsluizen and Capelsebrug. These special metro services will be free of charge.