Netherlands Architecture Institute NAI
NAI is an architectural museum near the Euromast. It has an interesting design and it's worth visiting. During the year there are always interesting international expositions.
The museum is reachable by metro; get of at Eendrachtsplein OR Dijkzigt or take tram 4 OR 5.
More information: www.nai.nl
A 12-Story Pencil
You must see some of Rotterdam's famous examples of modern architecture. Luckily, several of them are grouped together: the Cube Houses, the Bibliotheek, and the building that looks like a 12-story pencil. You can see the red Willemsbrug there, and a short walk will take you to the Erasmusbrug. My best single memory of Rotterdam came about by accident. It was a Sunday afternoon, and we were walking through Museumpark. The museums -- natural history, art, architecture -- were open but didn't appeal to us. But we heard the insistent beat of drums and followed the sound. At the edge of the park, there was a small family festival going on, with Caribbean bands, food booths, and a do-it-yourself circus for children. We had fun taking photos of all the cute kids trying out stilts, tightrope walking (a foot above the ground), giant rubber blocks, face painting, and juggling. I was crouched on the ground taking a shot of a band, and as I stood up, retracting the telephoto lens of my camera, a tiny girl toddled up and reached longingly for the moving lens. Her mother and I looked at each other and burst out laughing. For some things, you don't need a common language. :)
This bronze work of art is the city’s main war memorial. The hole in the body symbolices how Rotterdam was cut to the heart by the German bombs
This art is made by the French/Russian sculptor Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967).
old city: whatever's left of it
When German planes hit the Netherlands, and Rotterdam in particular, they did a meticulous job: they nearly destroyed avery single building. When it was time to rebuild the city the authorities voted against a project of reconstructing the city like it used to be. They said it was time for Rotterdam to move on, not back - and opted for a modern face-lift.
Today only an old area remains: the small district called Delftshaven. It's located along a canal, where the old lock still is. All the houses that surround the canal are traditional wooden houses. Docked along it there are plenty of old boats, those wooden one with high masts. some host restaurants and bars - other appeared to be inhabited. At the end of the canal - just to remind you that you are in the Netherlands, there's an old windmill and for a while you'll have the feeling of being somewhere in the peaceful countryside instead than in a thriving busy city
shop at 'Zuidplein'. It's a big mall, where you can find eveything, from clothes to flowers. There are als enough restaurants, so if you ever get tired, you can sit back and relax.
The Zuidplein office and retail location is centrally situated in Rotterdam South, at the junction of Pleinweg/Maastunnel, Vaanweg, the Ahoy entertainment center and Groene Kruislaan. Next to 'zuidplein' there is a bog metrostation and Zuidplein is also a very big bus station. This is under 'Zuidplein', there are local busses, but also interlocal, so if you ever want to go to Zierikzee, you can take the 133 to Westerschouwen, it's half and a houre drive, but times flies by.