I peered over the edge of the Euromast, the tallest building in Rotterdam. It was a long way down. 100 meters to be exact. I gave my safety harness a hard tug and then swung my leg over the ledge.
I felt strangely calm for someone about to jump off a ledge, although technically it wasn’t a jump, it was one simple step that would lead me into thin air. In other circumstances I might have spent more time pondering my sanity – I should be scared out of my wits to do this. I grasped the rope with both hands, looking for the tell-tale nervous hand shake. Instead my hands were steady in the proper hand over hand position.
It was time to step off the ledge into the thin air where I would remain for the next 5-10 minutes as I worked the ropes through the carabiner and maneuvered myself down 100 meters to safety. I hesitated. My guide was above me helping another abseiler. I wanted him near me. I felt calm, but still, he WAS my safety blanket. Another guide urged me on.
And so with just the slightest hesitation, I took the biggest step of my life….
I lifted my heel first and slowly uncurled my toes into….nothingness. I was hanging 100 meters precariously by two ropes. I stopped for several seconds to enjoy the views over Rotterdam.
But I realized rather quickly as my heart quicked that views are better enjoyed when your feet are firmly on the ground rather than hanging in thin air. I started pulling up on the rope with my right hand, pulling it up through the carabeaner with the left making slow progress at first. But as the ropes slackened it became easier with each tug of my hands. Before I knew it I felt my toes, then my heels touch on the pavement. I felt a simultaneous wave of disappointment and pride as they did. It was over AND I had done it.
Abseiling from the Euromast was exhilaritng, but also strangely calming. I loved EVERY second of it. Several of my fellow abseilers were understandably quite nervous. Now that I’ve officially made it and am safely back on ground I’ve got plenty of time to wonder, Why the heck was stepping off a ledge NOT nerve wracking?
Tips for Abseiling from the Euromast in Rotterdam
- Abseiling only costs €49.50. I thought this was a VERY reasonable fee for the experience.
- Abseiling is available on weekends from May – September, weather dependent (high winds = no abseiling, but a bit of rain is OK).
- Book ahead to ensure there is availabililty. It’s a popular activity.
- Have someone take photos of your abseiling experience from the restaurnt. You can get some great photos. (A special thank you to Kristen from A Pair of Boots and a Backpack for taking the photos of me).
- If you would prefer to watch abseilers rather than doing it yourself, the restaurant provides front seat views!
- Visit the official Euromast webpage for further info.
Thank you to Travel Bloggers Unite and Rotterdam Tourism for making my visit possible. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.