Rotterdam, a city in The Netherlands (also revered to as Holland) with Europe's biggest port.
Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is approximately 1 hour drive away from Rotterdam and in between you'll find cities like Delft, Den Haag (The Hague) and Leiden. In the opposite direction you'll go to Belgium. A city like Antwerp is also about 1 hour driving from Rotterdam. If you're in Rotterdam it's easy to make trips to one of those other cities. This page gives you an impression of Rotterdam and whats there to see.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be held in Rotterdam Ahoy on 12, 14 and 16 May 2020.
|The place where a lot of people will start their visit to Rotterdam is the Central Station. This new station is from 2014 and the tip of the roof points to rotterdam city centre. In the station itself you will find among others Starbucks and Burger King.|
|From the Central Station you see to the left the Weena with at the end the Hofplein with Hofplein-Fontain.|
|The Hofplein Fountain. On this picture you see 2 giraffe in front of it for the celebration of the 150 year Rotterdam Zoo. Before the bombing of Rotterdam in 1940 the Hofplein used to lay a little further where you find now the artwork 'New Delftse Poort'.|
|This art is the New Delftse Poort (1993). The real building from 1764 was the only remaining city gate of Rotterdam and it was destroyed by the German bombing of Rotterdam on May 14th 1940.|
|The Lawrence Church (Laurenskerk), it nearly survived the bombing of 1940. Learn more about the bombing of Rotterdam by searching Rotterdam Blitz or watch this VIDEO. The Tower of the church can be climbed (March to October) on Wednesday at 14:00 and Saturday at 12:00 or 13:30.|
|This is Station Blaak, actually it is the roof of the station because the station is underground. Behind the station you see the Market Hall. On Tuesdays and Saturdays there is a large outdoor market here.|
|The Cube Houses on the Blaak. These houses are meant to represent trees, so this area is called the Blaakse Bos (Blaakse Forest) One of them (the Kijk-Kubus) can be viewed inside by paying an entrance fee and there is also a hostel (Stayokay).|
|This particular area is called the Oude Haven (The Old Harbour). It was the first harbour of Rotterdam, built in 1328. You'll find here the White House, Marines Museum, a couple of bar-restaurants and historic shipyard Koningspoort, where they maintenance and repair historic ships.|
|This building was at the time (1898) the highest building in Europe. Rotterdam's first "skyscraper". It's called the White House. One of the few building that survived the bombing of Rotterdam centre in World War 2.|
|Zadkine statue "The devastated city" This statue commemorates the bombing of Rotterdam in the Second World War. The hands in the sky against the bombs falling down and a hole in the body to show the centre was bombed out of the city.|
|This high bridge is The Hef. It's a lifting bridge that was in use by the train. Since the train runs under the ground now, the bridge is no longer in use.|
|View on the Boompjes with next to the White House and the north side of the Willems Bridge, building Willemswerf where Jackie Chan slide down from the roof in the movie "Who Am I". Watch the video on Youtube.|
|Also on the Boompjes, 3 apartments buildings. Here docks the Nehalennia for a four hour boat trip to the famous windmills of Kinderdijk. A little further, say under the Erasmus Bridge you will find the Spido. The Spido offers a short harbour cruise. The port of Rotterdam is actually too big for a 75 minute tour. The port reaches all the way to the North Sea, so you need to take a day trip (to the Maasvlakte) to really see the port.|
|The Erasmus Bridge (The Swan). The Erasmus Bridge has become one of the landmarks of Rotterdam. From here you have a nice view on the Cruise Terminal where the Cruise Ships dock.|
|This is the Water Taxi. They can bring you to different locations along the river, like Delfshaven, Hotel New-York, Steamship SS-Rotterdam, the Euromast, the Veerhaven, the Old Harbor, the Watertower, soccer stadium Feyenoord (The Kuip), restaurant Zalmhuis or just bring you across the river.|
|The Cruise Terminal and building 'The Rotterdam' (the vertical city) one of the biggest building of Holland. It includes Hotel Nhow with 285 rooms. Their "Sunset Rooms" have a great view on the Erasmus bridge, river and Rotterdam centre.|
|Here you see what was once the Holland-America Line building (HAL), today it's a hotel called NewYork. Between 1880 and 1925, emigrants departed from here to America. HAL Cruises has it's roots in Holland and their cruises still stop in Rotterdam. Visit the Unofficial Holland America Line Home Page for more about the history of HAL.|
|Retired ocean liner and cruise ship SS Rotterdam is now Museum, Hotel and Restaurant. Located on the south side of Rotterdam. Visiting this steam ship is one of the things to do in Rotterdam.|
|The observation tower to the left is the Euromast. It has a fantastic panoramic view on Rotterdam and a restaurant halfway to the top of the tower. On the picture direct right of the tower you see the ventilation building of the Maastunnel. There you also find a small building with the entrance to go down to the tunnel and cross the river by foot or bike.|
|This Flour Windmill is located in an small historic part of Rotterdam called Delfshaven. Close by you also find the shipyard that makes a reconstruction of historic warship Delft (1782).|
|Also in Delfshaven, the Pilgrim Fathers Church. Here the Pilgrim Fathers left with the ship Speedwell for their voyage to North America. Left to the church is brewery and restaurant 'De Pelgrim'. You can make an appointment for a brewery tour.|
|This is the Van Brienenoord Bridge. When it was still a single bridge it was known for its traffic jams. In 1990 the capacity of the bridge was doubled by putting an almost identical bridge next to it.|
|You'll have to search for them, but you can find a couple of windmills in Rotterdam. (See the map) This picture shows the Prinsenmolen located in the Prinsenpark in Hillegersberg. Close to Rotterdam you'll also find Kinderdijk. There you can see a lot of windmills close together and two of them are open as Museum.|
|On the North border of Rotterdam lays Rotterdam Airport. Local known as Airport Zestienhoven and today the official name is 'Rotterdam The Hague Airport' because the airport is also close to The Hague. The airport has flights to about 40 destinations in Europe.|
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