The Götheborg of Sweden, the world's largest ocean-going wooden sailing ship, has arrived in Rotterdam, as part of its European Tour 2023. The ship is moored at the Holland Amerikakade until 14th May, and during opening hours it can be visited by the public with a ticket. Scroll below for opening hours and ticket prices.
Götheborg of Sweden's arrival and festivities
On Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 12:00 pm, the Götheborg of Sweden, a replica of an 18th-century Swedish merchant ship, arrived in Rotterdam. In the morning, the ship was welcomed with a parade, and before docking in the afternoon, it saluted the city of Rotterdam with multiple cannon shots.
European Tour 2023
The Götheborg will embark from Barcelona on March 20, 2023, and sail to its home port of Gothenburg, Sweden, where it will play a central role in the city's 400th-anniversary celebrations in early June. During the 2023 expedition, the ship will make six stops, inviting visitors on board and offering the opportunity to sail and experience life on an 18th-century vessel.
Opportunity to sail as a deckhand
During the European Tour 2023, the public can sail as deckhands. The ship requires a crew of 70, consisting of about 20 professional crew members and 50 sailors from the public who join for the adventure, experience, and the opportunity to learn how to sail an 18th-century ship. Unfortunately, all of these vacancies are already taken.
About the Götheborg of Sweden
The Götheborg of Sweden is a unique replica of an 18th-century merchant ship belonging to the Swedish East India Company that sank off Gothenburg in 1745. Excavations of the original Götheborg ship began in 1984, and construction of the new Götheborg commenced in 1995. It took ten years to build the replica, which was launched 20 years ago, in 2003. Between 2005 and 2007, the ship followed the historic route to Asia and back. Various European expeditions were carried out afterward, with the latest in 2015. In 2021, the ship sailed from Gothenburg to Stockholm and back, and in 2022, it sailed throughout Europe.Last year, the Götheborg of Sweden garnered attention during its expedition, including a highly successful stop in Nice at the end of September. The ship made 13 stops in 11 European countries, attracting over 60,000 visitors during the various stops, and 500 people sailed as deckhands.
Visiting Götheborg of Sweden in Rotterdam
Opening Hours for Rotterdam
Thursday, 11th May: 14:00–20:00 (last entry 19:15)
Friday, 12th May: 10:00–20:00 (last entry 19:15)
Saturday, 13th May: 10:00–17:00 (last entry 16:15)
Sunday, 14th May: 12:00–16:00 (last entry 15:15)
Adults: € 15.00
Children, ages 5-16: € 7.50
Children, ages 0-4: Free
Location and directions
The Götheborg of Sweden will be docked at Holland Amerikakade in Rotterdam, a central and easily accessible location.