Rotterdam is located in the southern part of the Netherlands and is the second largest city in the country after Amsterdam, the capital. Rotterdam has the largest port of Europe and is therefore a major city for people.
Aside from its fascinating port, Rotterdam also has some fantastic architecture like the Euromast Tower, the modern cube buildings, the Markthal, and some other cool place.
Use these tips when visiting Rotterdam, there are worth it!
Check out the Markthal
The Markthal is a stunning piece of architecture that was constructed in 2009 and serves as both an office building, marketplace and as a house. This indoor market, housed in a typical Rotterdam crazy-yet-cool building, is a must-see if you are in Rotterdam! The market section of the Markthal contain of a huge variation of shops, stalls, restaurants and bars such as a Tea bar, a tapas bar, a ‘world of drinks’ shop and over 70 other different little shops. Eat some cheese at Cheese & More, some sausages at Monsieur Saucisson and some coconut balls at Madame Cocos.
Go to ‘Het Park’ and visit the Euromast
The Euromast Tower is an observation station that was created in 1960 to provide panoramic views of the Rotterdam Cityscape. It’s the tallest building in Rotterdam and from the top you’ll see a stunning 360 view of Rotterdam city and the port. The tower features a restaurant, a conference room for business meetings, a hotel suite and of course the observation deck.
If you’re looking for a little adrenaline action you can even zip-line or abseil from the tower!
Are you up for the challenge?
Walk along the Erasmus Bridge
‘The swan’ as it’s known, considering its swan-like shape, is the iconic bridge of Rotterdam, connecting the north and the south. The bridge is nicknamed the Swan due to its large upright mast that resembles the neck of a swan. Walk across the bridge because of the view, you’ll have a great view of ‘The Rotterdam’, the huge and disjointed skyscraper in Rotterdam. At night it’s especially nice as the bridge lights up and so do the houses and offices around.
The length of this impressive bridge stretches to an immense 802 meter making it the second largest bridge of the Netherlands.
Catch a train at Rotterdam Central Station
Rotterdam station is one of the most impressive part of Rotterdam. The inside is impressive enough but when you walk outside the front entrance and literally all around is all different and funky skyscrapers.
The station connects to many other destinations in the Netherlands including, Amsterdam, Den Haag, Breda & Utrecht and sees 100.000+ passengers come through its doors on daily bases.
Visit the cool museum of Boijmans
Depot Boijmans van Beuningen is the first art storage facility in the world that offers access to a museum’s complete collection. Museum Boijmans van Beuningens collection is world famous. It has been growing for 170 years and currently contains some 151000 objects. A rich collection has grown and it’s totally worth it to visit the museum for a day. Have you already seen the outside of the depot? As it’s a mirror, you can see the skyline of Rotterdam.
Visit the largest port of Europe with a Speedo
A boat tour is the perfect way to see the fantastic harbours and ports of Rotterdam. As the port is so extensive and huge, it is silly to try and walk around it yourself. A boat tour will provide a comfortable means of transport and you will learn a great deal from the tour guides.
There are many companies that provide boat tours, but one particular tour is the Speedo Harbour Tour which last approximately 75 minutes.
Eat some good food at Hotel New York
Hotel New York is the former head office of the Holland Amerika Line and here is where many people left for North America, hoping to find a better life. A lot has changed since then, as it transformed into a hotel, restaurant and bar. Hotel New York it the place to eat some good food while having a view on the boats that come across.
Have a look at the yellow cube house Rotterdam
The cubes are cuboid fashion. The bizarre and eccentric housing block was designed by Piet Blom and the cubes that it is formed from are title at a 45-degree angle. The cubes are like no other type of house you will see, and they are really an interesting concept. A question that most people wonder are ‘how can people live here with the strange angles of the walls and windows?’
Visit the cubes and answer the question!
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