City Guide: Rotterdam
Rotterdam is the second biggest city in the Netherlands after well-known Amsterdam. Special attention goes to Rotterdam as the city has the third biggest harbor in Europe! However, Rotterdam also has a lot to offer as a cultural center. Strolling through Rotterdam literally is a journey of discovery!
Rotterdam Info kind of designed a brochure in which you can find a proposed route to walk through Rotterdam. Following it, you will most definitely see everything of importance. But as Rotterdam definitely is no small city, be prepared: It will be quite a walk! And a hell lot of new, amazing impressions.
Rotterdam Central Station
Rotterdam Central Station is the very first shown building.
Unique architecture, that’s for sure!
Groot Handelsgebouw, Delftse Poort, Calypso
Next to the Central Station of Rotterdam, Groot Handelsgebouw (Whole Sale Building of Offices) is a monument having been completed in 1953.
Quite a contrast to the Groot Handelsgebouw is Delftse Poort. Two huge skyscrapers!
Calypso is also a very modern building in which mainly are apartments for rent. Again, unique architecture!
If you are desperately in need for new things, I’m sure Lijnbaan is the right address for you as it is the main shopping street.
Thus, it is a real experience to be and shop there!
As the Stadhuis is just one of few buildings which has “survived” the war, it is now a historical monument.
Erasmus in Rotterdam
Erasmus is a name everyone in Europa should have heard of. But did you know that Erasmus of Rotterdam, eponym of the famous scholarship, was from Rotterdam?
Not any surprisingly, he plays a very important role until today. Besides a statue, there’s also the college named after him.
On top of that, the so-called Erasmusbrug got also named in his honor.
Laurenskerk is an impressive church built in the 15th century.
Nowadays, it serves as a protestant parish Church.
Centrale Bibliotheek, Markthal and Station Blaak
Even though the building of the Centrale Bibliotheek Rotterdam does not look very impressive, the collection of books, magazines etc. is very stunning with over one million works!
Markthal Rotterdam is a brand-new building. Opened in 2014, Markthal Rotterdam offers everything one might desire having in the kitchen!
Station Rotterdam Blaak is a great example of a continued development of the station.
First opened in 1822, the station got destroyed during the war, but reconstructed and developed further for underground.
In that particular case, I will let the photos speak for themselves!
Oude Haven and Witte Huis
Definitely one of the most beautiful parts in Rotterdam is the old harbor area.
Walking along the canals convey a completely different flair in Rotterdam!
What is also great is the mixed style of architecture which can be seen as well as panoramic views!
Kop van Zuid Rotterdam
Kop van Zuid is the name of the quarter when you cross Erasmusbrug. Especially impressive are Maastoren, but also De Rotterdam and Hotel New York are interesting to admire!
Museums and a park in Rotterdam
Rotterdam houses many museums! Kunsthal Rotterdam, Het Natuurhistorisch Museum or Het Nieuwe Instituut are just some examples.
Last but not least, we had the pleasure to discover a spacious green space which deserves the name of a park.
As it is approximate to the accumulation of museums, it was a very popular place among young people. Talking of people, I have to confirm the cliché of the Netherlander being very nice!