Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world. Starting as a dam constructed in 1270 on the Rotte River.
The Rotte is a river the in Rhine-Maas-delta. In Rotterdam it flows into the Nieuwe Maas. The Rotte is the namesake of the city of Rotterdam:
The Nieuwe Maas ("New Meuse") is a distributary of the Rhine River, and a former distributary of the Maas River. It runs from the confluence of the rivers Noord and Lek, and flows west through Rotterdam. It ends west of the city where it meets the Oude Maas ("Old Meuse"), near Vlaardingen, to form Het Scheur. The total length is approximately 24 kilometres (15 mi).
Favorite thing: Despite all the modern Hi-Rise buildings Rotterdam is quite a simple city to navigate on foot. The streets are mostly laid out in a grid pattern and of course the river makes it almost impossible to get lost (unless of course you fall into it ;)). To make life even easier there are plenty of street signs pointing to the main attractions and these useful city maps which highlight the landmarks.
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Netherlands:
Police (non-urgent): 0900-8844
Renovations on the Westelijk Handelsterrein building complex, a listed building dating from 1894, were completed in 2002.
The covered warren of shops and restaurants comprises a collection of 56 warehouses lining passageways on two floors. In the same spaces where trade was once conducted, art, entertainment and shopping now go hand in hand.
In just a few steps you can move from a gallery to a wine bar, or from a restaurant to a lounge club.
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).
Below few words that you can use while traveling in Holland:
good morning = goedemorgen
good afternoon = goedemiddag
good evening = goedenavond
see you = tot ziens
see you soon = tot gauw
yes = ja
no = nee
maybe = misschien
are you sure? (of it) = ben je daar zeker van?
of course! = natuurlijk!
thank you (formal) = dank U wel
thank you (informal) = dank je wel
thanks (casual) = bedankt
please (polite) - also: here you are = alstublieft
Mr. and Sir = meneer (mijnheer)
Mrs. and Ma'am = mevrouw
Miss = juffrouw
have fun = veel plezier
happy dreams = welterusten
bless you = gezondheid!
have a nice meal = eet smakelijk!
coffee = koffie
tea = thee
milk = melk
whipped cream = slagroom
sugar = suiker
coffee with milk = koffie verkeerd
bred = brood
cheese sandwich = broodje kaas
ham sandwich = broodje ham
french fries = friet
sea = zee
beach = strand
lake = meer
bicycle = fiets
train = trein
airplane = vliegtuig
bus = bus
auto = auto
departure = vertrek
arrival = aankomst
bedroom = slaapkamer
bed = bed
pillow = kussen
blanket = deken
bath = bad
bathroom = badkamer
towel = handdoek
very good (food) = erg lekker
When I visit Rotterdam, I usually arrive by train at the Central Station. Or I take here the Thalys to Paris. In fact the central station is an important junction of different kind of transport with more than 100.000 passengres everyday.
The next years (till 2013) the station and the whole area around will change enormously, by building a new terminal for all public transport, but also offices and apartments. The total traffic infrastructure of busses, cars, trams will go underground, so there will be created a nice spatious pedestrian area connecting the Central Station with the citycentre. For information about the plans and planning you can have a look at: www.rotterdamcentraal.nl
From the original characters 'CENTRAAL STATION' at the front of the old building, which will be broken down, is made the text 'TRAAN LATEN', meaning 'shedding a tear' (see picture 2 & 3).
If you need to wash some closes, then Mega-Wash may be the right place for you. This laundry, owned by a family of asian origin, offers you good prices. 5,00 EUR for a machine full of clothes (7 kg). For an extra fee of 2,50 EUR, the staff washes them for you. Of course, you will get an explanation of how the machine works. As the staff’s knowledges of English language were not the best (and mine in Dutch were even worse…), I had an interesting time finding out what I had to do. Nice experience and afterwards I had clean clothes for a further week again.
Adress: Nieuwe Binnenweg 205
Dutch people are usually really nice and friendly.
In most cases they speak english very well so there are no problems with communication. And, even if they do not speak english, there is usually also no such a big problem....dutch is mixture of german and english, so you just can guess the meaning quite easily.
What I hated was the fact that they are also very, VERY noisy!
And one last note for girls: ...with all my girl-friends from countries all around the world there we agreed that dutch guys are, in general, not handsome :-) So don´t have any high expectations! Sorry boys....I´m sure that there are exceptions :-)
Rotterdam Airport is used to be known as Zestienhoven, and it is located on the North Rotterdam. It is the second largest airport in Holland after Amsterdam. It is well connected to international cities and it is very busy due to the importance of this city.
Rotterdam is divided into two parts, river Nieuwe Maas runs through Rotterdam North and Rotterdam South. The main connection between North and South Rotterdam is through bridge.
It is the golden opportunity to look around harbour of Rotterdam. This seventy minutes cruise cost around Euro 8.50 and 12;50 depends on the package and time of the year. But you can enjoy this cruise as go through very historical places along the river. It also provides another view of the Rotterdam city and its skyline.
One thing I really like about Coolsingel that it has different path for every one. Obviously first of all a big footpath for pedestrians, and after a distance of few meters lane for cycles and again further apart roads for all kind of vehicles.
Once you are out of the station, the Tourist Information Office is across the road. Every time we walked pass this office it seemed very busy as people enquiring about their problems. There are few more offices all over the city.
Central Railway Station is located on the northern part of the city and has good railway connections to almost all over the country and Belgium and other European counties. Railway station has all sort of facility available as you expect from a big railway stations.
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