Ahoy' is a famous hall for all kinds of events that is located in the centre of Rotterdam. It was originally built as an exhibition hall about the huge reconstruction of the centre of Rotterdam in 1950. Ahoy is a kind of greeting that is mostly used in the sea/harbour business.
Later, in 1969, the hall is built that you can visit nowadays. In 1971 it was opened and quickly it became one of the most important and popular eventhall in the Netherlands. Today the hall has seats for about 15.000 people, depending on the kind of event.
Big events that take/took place here are:
- The Six-Days Indoorcycling Event of Rotterdam
- The Rotterdam World Tennis Tournament
- North Sea Jazz Festival
- Night of the Proms
- And lots, lots and lots of concerts of the greatests artists in the world...
I visited Ahoy' twice for concerts of UB40.
- Theater Travel
Maasboulevard area: Walk during sunset
Rotterdam is also called 'Manhattan on the Maas'. It was a very special experience to walk along the Maas and in the area of Waterstad around the time of sunset.
Especially the changing of the colours at the Erasmus bridge and at the high buildings were spectacular. Also the reflections in the dark water were impressive. The striking combination of water and high buildings, intensified by the changes of colours, caused almost a surreal ambience. During the day I had never experienced such an atmosphere in this area like this.
- Hiking and Walking
Ahoy: Machine city by DJ Partyraiser
In October 2007 I visited Machine City, the huge 'solo project' in one of the halls of Ahoy in Rotterdam by DJ Partyraiser. DJ Partyraiser, aka Wesley, was one of my fellowtravellers to Madagascar in summer 2007. He joined us at the trip to see one of the biggest butterflies on earth, living in Madagascar.
DJ Partyraiser is a very wellknown hardcore/blackcore DJ in the Netherlands and Europe. He invited us as VIP to come to his huge impressive show in Ahoy, Machine city, lasting the whole night. Never having visited a hardcore party before, I eagerly accepted this invitation to experience what it was all about.
We arrived around 11pm. The policemen outside asked us if we were sure that we had to visit this hall and not the other one with a bingo or lottery. They asked us if we brought earplugs and actually I did. Wesley's mum waited for us at the reception and showed us our way. With her we entered the big hall and heard the first 'DOENG!DOENG!DOENG!' while walking to the platform to have a great overview.
After midnight around 1.30 pm Partyraiser, the big star of the evening himself, appeared, accompanied by robots hanging high above the visitors and shining with huge light into the dark hall. To be there was a very impressive experience indeed....the music, the sounds, the noise, the light show, the lasershow, the fire en dance acts. Also very impressing were the visitors, all a lot younger than we were. They reacted all very enthusiastic seeing us to visit 'their party' with Partyraiser !
- Arts and Culture
NIGHTCLUBBING: BAJA BEACH CLUB
!!! P A R T Y T I M E !!!
That is the BAJA BEACH CLUB for sure!
Once at another place in Rotterdam the BAJA got well-known in 1994 and opened its doors one year later in a new hot and trendy night club at the Karel Doormanstraat.
The name means tropics, hot, sun, beach, fun, party time and derived of a Mexican peninsula. See the enormous speedboat, the beautiful paintings all over where palmtrees try to make you in the mood ... *kidding* ... girls?
Just enjoy the music, drinks, food, best party items and, ofcourse the most beautiful people you've ever met! Ehm... bring your passport for in case ... (over 21 years!)
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday >>> 22.30 - 05.00 hrs
And every first Tuesday from 17.00 - 00.00 hrs
Dress Code: Hot item:
* no sport shoes or sporty clothes
* no clothes out of order (like in broken peaces or so )
* no immoral dressed-up
* no provocative clothes
* no caps
* no dirty shirts or dirty looks
Well, I've seen some of the best immorals ... is another story I guess ;o)))
- Arts and Culture
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Adventure Travel
Maassilo (Now&Wow): Maassilo, big disco
One of Rotterdams biggest disco Maassilo (also known as Now&Wow) is known as big area of spectacle. The enormous building has got 3 big area's, where big theme parties are being kept every weekend.
Dress Code: Make sure what kind of theme party you're going to. The often have dresscodes.
Here's a small list of some Jazz clubs:
Porgy & Bess at Noordstraat 52
C5 Jazz at Schiehaven 11
Dizzy club at Schravendijkwal 129
Doelencafe at Schouwburgplein
Stichting Jazzclub Zeeuwsch Vlaanderen at Noordstraat 64A
Strand aan de Maas: Beach on the river Maas from May 28, 2008
An artificial beach right in the center of town on the bank of the river Maas. Enjoy the brilliant Rotterdam skyline and live music programmes with anything from jazz to classical, dance or salsa. Also nice for children with special game and sports activities.
Dress Code: Informal
- Family Travel
Regenboog: Gay & Lesbian
Rotterdam has many gay bars, although this one is one to which I will look forward to going back to.
Other bars on the street pump our funky house to a well-dressed well heeled crowd, although while I was in Rotterdam I felt like something a bit more down to earth, and De Regenboog fitted the bill nicely.
Playing cheesy music and dance versions of 80s songs, the bar caters for a varied clientel, who were friendly alongside the staff (although no doubt amused by the English guys drinking vodka)
Although drinks weren't bargain basement prices, we had loads of shooters from the barstaff who semmed intent on sending us back to the hotel in a drunken stupor.
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
- Gay and Lesbian
Breakaway: A great place to Chill Out
Situated at the corner of the Plaza building, 3 minutes walk from the Central Station of Rotterdam and right in the city center. It's one of the nice places to chill out especially after a stressful day at work. You can enjoy food or snacks here with a great selection of cocktails from the bar. You can pool upstairs and have fun at the same time. Nice decorated bar.
Give it a try and say hello to me if you're there on Friday evening from 17:30 hrs to midnight. Then I'll move to another discotheque.
Dress Code: No Sneakers when the night starts.
I didn't visit the Holland Casino, though it was close to my hotel and the hotel offers a free entrance ticket and the information what to expect.
Here it goes: the Holland Casino Rotterdam has several bars and a restaurant. There is live entertainment. Holland Casino Rotterdam offers around 630 slot machines, about 50 gaming tables like French Roulette, American Roulette, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud, Punto Banco, Big Wheel, Sic Bo.
As you see various chances to win your holidays trip back or to loose your next one.
Opening hours daily: from 12.30pm till 03.00am
Entrance fee: 3.50 euro.
De Doelen, concert and congress centre
The building of De Doelen was officially opened in 1966 after the conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra struck the first foundation pile in 1962. The concert and congress building De Doelen is situated at northside of the Schouwburg plein, the cultural heart of Rotterdam.
There are concerts of classical music, jazz and worldmusic and music festivals during the season. The congress complex of De Doelen is directly linked to the five-star Westin Hotel by a bridge. De Doelen facilitate every year more than 1200 professional and knowledge-based gatherings, varying from congresses to product presentations.
Recently I came to the Doelen for a conference and workshops in the urban renewal field, though there were musical intermezzo's as well. But I can remember very well the first time I came to De Doelen in the seventies for a concert of the Kinks.
The Rotterdam Schouwburg
The Rotterdam Schouwburg or Rotterdam Theatre is located at the Schouwburgplein. Rotterdam has become a vibrant cultural city with several theatres. At its four stages the Rotterdam Schouwburg offers a wide range of drama, dance, opera and all kind of theatrical performances.
I never visited a performance in this theatre, but I attended here an architectural symposium about creating new theatres in the Netherlands and could have a look myself at this peculiar Rotterdam Theatre at the same time. Most theatres have the entrance for the audience at one side and the expedition and tower for the stage at other side, but the Rotterdam Theatre has the entrance and the expedition at the same side of the building, because at the other side apartments were built. You can see it with your own eyes from the Schouwburgplein from where the trucks can be lifted to a higher level.
The design is made by architect Quist. The local people gave the theatre the nickname the 'kist (box) of Quist'. At the facade you can see a moving artwork of the American G. Rickey. At the roof is a light object of J van Munster, an unstable beam with neon light at a height of 36m.
- Theater Travel
Ahoy: Concert of Roger Waters and many others
Several times I visited Rotterdam for concerts of the Rollling Stones, Pink Floyd and many other well-known groups. These concerts were in the Feyenoord stadion or in Ahoy, both in the south part of Rotterdam. Till now I visited Ahoy only for concerts, but in the complex are also sport events, fairs and exhibitions.
The Ahoy complex has several halls. For concerts there is space for 3.000 to 10.000 visitors. Last summer (2006) I visited the concert of Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. It was a great concert with a fabulous atmosphere. We were standing just in front of the stage, close enough to see the expressions at the faces of the perfomers and far enough to get a overview.
Dress Code: Casual.
- Arts and Culture
Hollywood Music Hall: For the young ones
This is a nightclub with a minimum age of 16, but the younger you are when you get in, the cooler you are. Consequence is that there are a lot of 14 year olds in there, so unless this is your kind of crowd, don't go here.
There are a lot of different rooms with different music, there are actually 7 clubs in there.
Dress Code: Just look trendy.
Now&Wow: Big party
This is a very hot nightclub at the moment. There are parties with different theme's every week and you only get in when you're looking right. The crowd is pretty young, around 18, so you'll have to like that.
Dress Code: Make sure to know the theme of the night, so you can dress the right way. Now&Wow has doorbitches, so if they don't like you, you won't get in.