The Jenever Festival Schiedam is well worth visiting.
With a rich history of producing fine Genever and Gin, Schiedam is the perfect host city for the annual Dutch Jenever Festival.
The Jenever festival is usually held at a weekend in March.
There are some other Gin events during the year, so check their website, jeneverfestival.nl, for updated information on all planned events and the Gin festival.
About the Jenever Festival Schiedam
The Jenever Festival Schiedam is a weekend dedicated to the celebration of Jenever and Schiedam’s long history of producing this fine quality spirit.
The action is centered around the Jenever Museum and the Havenkerk.
There’s the chance to join masterclasses or creative workshops like ‘Cooking with Jenever’ or ‘Make Your Own Cocktail’.
Many distillers will be there providing a chance to taste their wares.
An international event that you’ll come away from with a new respect for Jenever.
And don’t forget to treat yourself and take home a bottle of the festival’s limited edition!
In the Museumkwartier (museum quarter), you’ll find foodtrucks, an artisan market, and plenty of good music and entertainment.
And for all the collectors out there, the Jeneveralia market where you can buy Jenever related bottles, glasses, photos and books.
Jenever vs Gin
Jenever is often referred to as Dutch Gin, but that is not entirely accurate as it’s not strictly speaking a gin.
Jenever (or Genever in English) is a spirit in its own right, which been protected since 2008 by an AOC (Appellation d’origine contrôlée).
This ancient drink can only be made in the Netherlands or Belguim.
Find out more about the fascinating history behind this unique spirit at the Jenever Festival Schiedam, or a visit to the Jenever Museum Schiedam outside of the festival dates.
How to get to Schiedam
Schiedam is just 6 km west of Rotterdam.
It’s easily accessible by train, metro, or tram from Rotterdam with the train journey taking around 5 minutes from Rotterdam Central to Schiedam Centrum.
Another option is to take a water taxi from Rotterdam to Voorhaven Schiedam, which is about a 15-minute walk through the oldest city park of the Netherlands to the center of Schiedam.
The Hague in only 20 minutes away by train.
If traveling by car, travel on the A4 or A20 and take the exit for Schiedam Centrum where you’ll find plenty of parking garages available.
More about Schiedam
Schiedam has a rich and interesting history.
You’ll find the six highest windmills in the world in Schiedam.
As well as the Jenever Museum, where you can learn about the city’s connection with this unique spirit, there are a number of other museums worth visiting.
Museummolen de Nieuwe Palmboom, where you’ll learn the history of these giant windmills.
In Schiedam you can also do some wonderful boutique shopping for coffee, chocolate, vintage, and old-style Dutch sweets, to name just a few.
Then there are the canals which provide a wonderful way to explore the city by ‘fluisterboot’ (boat).
The Schiedam tourist board has many tourist information points dotted throughout the city and a great website where you can read more about all there is to see and do.