By Yasmin Balent
The city on the Meuse with 650,000 inhabitants is the second largest city in the Netherlands. It is world-famous for the largest port in Europe. Rotterdam is not a classic beauty like Amsterdam or Utrecht, you will only find a handful of pre-war buildings. Everything else was bombed and had to be rebuilt. But Rotterdam reinvented itself back then, the skyline you can see today at the entrance to the city can otherwise only be found in Frankfurt, London or Paris.
We have created for you a small overview of the top sights and things to do in Rotterdam.
One of Rotterdam’s most asked attractions is also one of its newest – and impressive proof of the city’s innovative architecture.
It attracts do’ers, young entrepreneurs and pioneers who want to try their luck in the city of 650,000 inhabitants. The market hall is based on its European predecessors in Barcelona, Copenhagen and Stockholm, but is still unique.
The Markthal is located in the center of the city and has an over dimensional painting inside. Around eight dozen stands offer you everything your heart desires. Cheese, nuts, fruit, sweet desserts and much more. The designer lofts in the higher levels of Markthal offer the opportunity to live above Rotterdam. But discover yourself our place 1 of the Rotterdam sights.
The Erasmus Bridge is the landmark of Rotterdam and is one of the must-see-things in Rotterdam. You can explore the bridge not only by tram, but also on foot or (of course, we are in Holland) by bicycle. From here you also have an impressive view of the New Meuse, the banks and the skyscrapers that make Rotterdam so special
The tower was already built in 1960 and was originally almost 101 meters high. In 1970 it was extended by a further 84 meters and today offers a 360-degree view of the entire city and up to 30 kilometers.
The steel structure in the middle of the mast houses the panorama restaurant and two hotel suites, which have been available to adventure seekers since 2004.
The Euromast Tower is worth a visit, whether from the ground or from a lofty height. The platform is open every day. Buy your tickets here.
Old Port of Rotterdam
The old harbor exudes historical charm and modern splendor. The old harbor used to be a meeting point for many sailors to enjoy a delicious beer. Today it is the meeting point for many students. The small shipyard, in which the old ships and boats are lovingly restored, lends that certain something.
Witte de Withstraat
The Witte de Withstraat is the famous nightlife street. The Bars and pubs are lined up and all invite you to drink and eat in a cozy atmosphere.
There are not only alternative boutiques, restaurants, pubs in the street, but also changing exhibitions and creative shops from lingerie shops to specialist shops for ballet clothes and dancing shoes.
The Kubus houses were developed by the architect Piet Blom in the 80s. He sees the houses as trees. The hexagonal column made of concrete blocks is supposed to form the trunk and the actual house which is turned 45 degrees is supposed to represent the treetop. All cube houses together should symbolize a forest. It is also possible to visit one of the houses from inside. Read more here.
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