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.
|The place where a lot of people will start their visit to Rotterdam is the Central Station. The old station building has been replaced in 2014 by this new building to handle a lot more travelers. The centre is just a short walk from the Station and the tip of the roof shows you the way to Rotterdam city centre.|
|Coming from the Central Station you see to the left the Weena with at the end the Hofplein with Fountain.|
|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 artwork 'New Delftse Poort'.|
|This is the New Delftsche Poort (1993). The real Delftsche Poort was from 1764 and the only remaining city gate of Rotterdam. That building was destroyed by the German bombing of Rotterdam, May 14th 1940.|
|The Lawrence Church (Laurenskerk), it barely survived the bombing of 1940. The Tower of the church can be climbed (March to October) on Wednesday at 14:00 and Saturday at 12:00 or 13:30.
Learn more about the bombing of Rotterdam by searching for Rotterdam Blitz or watch this VIDEO with explanation in English or another VIDEO with some Dutch text.
|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 the 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 the Second World War.|
|Zadkine statue "The devastated city" This statue commemorates the Nazi 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.|
|The high bridge is the Hef. It's a lifting bridge that was in use till 1993 by the train. Since the train runs under the ground now, the bridge is no longer in use. But the Hef remains one of the city icons.|
|View on the Boompjes with building Willemswerf where Jackie Chan slide down from the roof in the movie "Who Am I". Watch the video on Youtube. Also on the photo the north side of the Willems Bridge.|
|Also on the Boompjes, 3 apartments buildings. Here docks the Nehalennia, a classic passenger ship from 1908, she offers a 2 hour boat tour through the harbour. A little further "under" the Erasmus Bridge you will find the Spido. The Spido offers a 75 minutes harbour cruise. The Port of Rotterdam is actually too big for a short tour. The Port with a length of more then 40 km reaches all the way to the North Sea, so it takes a day trip (to the Maasvlakte) to really see the entire Port.|
|The Erasmus Bridge. It's 1 of the 3 bridges in Rotterdam over the river 'Nieuwe Maas'. 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.|
|Observation tower Euromast. It has a fantastic panoramic view over 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.|
|Flour Windmill 'Distilleerketel' is located in an small historic part of Rotterdam called Delfshaven. Close by you also find the Pinball Museum. Close to Historic Delfshaven at Metro Station Coolhaven (under the bridge) you find Museum Rotterdam ’40-’45 about Rotterdam in the years of World War 2.|
|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.|
|Depot and museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The silver flower pot on the photo is the Depot, it's the art storage facility of museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and will be accessible for public from Saterday 6 November 2021. Then you can browse amongst a collection of 151,000 artworks stored in this depot. The museum itself will be closed till 2028 for renovation.|
|You have to search them, but there are 7 windmills in Rotterdam. (See the map) 2 of them are at lake Kralingen and the one on this picture is the Prinsenmolen, located in the Prinsemolenpark 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 for visitors.|
|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 not so far from The Hague. The airport has flights to about 40 destinations in Europe.|
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