Katendrecht has been a port area of Rotterdam for centuries. It was a rough place that most proper citizens would avoid. Besides the many commercial businesses associated with the marine industry, it was also the red light district. Before WWII it had the largest Chinese community in Europe known for their opium dens and gambling houses.
Katendrecht is a peninsula on the south side of the Nieuwe Maas River. There is now a walking bridge from the Hotel New York in the Kop Van Zuid peninsula to Katendrecht. There are numerous water taxis that provide transportation around the port. Anneke and her friend walked the bridge to see Hotel New York which was originally the home office of the Holland America Line. The unofficial name is "Hoerenloper" which loosely translates to Whoremonger bridge.
Today, with the port having moved out towards the North Sea, Katendrecht has been transformed into a family residential area. Seaman bars have turned into specialty restaurants. Houses of ill repute are now regular houses still with the viewing window in evidence.
It is turning into a trendy hot spot.
The SS Rotterdam is permanently docked in Katendrecht as a hotel/ restaurant/museum. Entrance is free but for a fee you can have a tour. Its Royal Inauguration was in 1958, which Anneke attended from a distance. The pool deck cafe has a great view. For maritime buffs, it is a must see.