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    A beautiful bridge over the water.
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  • One of the historical windmills.
    One of the historical windmills.
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    DONNER for all your book and CD needs

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Mar 19, 2014

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    Don't miss the Book- and CD-shop DONNER at the end of the Lijnbaan; 10 floors of shopping pleasure. The shop has been bought by selexyz, but still is known as DONNER.

    2013 Update: Well, DONNER already was continued under the umbrella of SELEXYZ and in June 2013 the name of the store was changed into POLARE (after the merger of SELEXYZ with DE SLEGTE).

    2014 update: Well the POLARE giant had a short life. It looks like most shops will return in some local form with a name from the past. This Store returned under is best-known name Donner again and moved to Coolsingel.

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    Kralingse Bos - Little oasis in Rotterdam.

    by Jerelis Written Jun 28, 2013

    The Kralingen Bos and Kralinge Lake is an oasis of peace in Rotterdam where you can recover after a busy day in the city. This is what a lot of people from Rotterdam do, because the KralingenBos is the most important recreational area of Rotterdam. Alongside the lake you will see people jogging of taking a stroll, on the lake you will see people sailing and around the lake you can see people relaxing or visiting a terrace. The view that the Kralingen Bos offers is very diverse in both summer and winter. On the west side of the Kralingen Lake is the Langepad which is flanked by a lot of high poplars. This is also where the widest poplar of Rotterdam stands, which has a radius of 4.85 meters! It's an impressive sight.

    The Kralingse Bos is definitely not Rotterdam’s most visited landmarks by tourists and that truly is such a shame. I love and have always loved the Kralingse Bos, it is a little oasis in the middle of the daily madness of the city. It is full of history, stunning plants and quacking ducks, on a fine day (few and far between!) thronged with some tourists but mostly office workers. So I can honestly state that it is a real melting pot in the middle of this beautiful city.

    Address: Langepad 63, Rotterdam.
    Directions: You will find the Kralingse Bos immediate east of the city's centre.

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    Kralingse Bos - Digging up the marshland.

    by Jerelis Updated Jun 28, 2013

    On the northern side of the municipality Kralinge, the Kralingse Bos is located. This is a large park surrounding an artificial lake. Many inhabitants of the city use this park for relaxation and sport. The somewhat square shape of the lake is the result of digging up the marshland in order to make peat, a fuel that was used in earlier times for cooking and heating. The lake is surrounded on three sides by the Kralingen forest and on the east side are two historic windmills that are worth the effort to visit and observe. These two windmills are still in use today for grinding spices and snuff tobacco!

    The Kralingse bos also has a huge area of open space and is provided for recreational use. It is completely owned and maintained by the local government. Maybe you need some fantasy, but this park resembles a savannah or even open woodlands, both the types of landscape that people find most relaxing. The grass is typically kept short to discourage insect pests and to allow for the enjoyment of picnics and sporting activities. There are a lot of trees and they are chosen for their beauty and to provide shade on a beautiful sunny day.

    Address: Langepad 63, Rotterdam.
    Directions: You will find the Kralingse Bos immediate east of the city's centre.

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    Kralingse Bos - Beautiful park.

    by Jerelis Updated Jun 28, 2013

    At some point of being a VT member it amazed me that I never took time to write a tip about this beautiful park called the Kralingse Bos in the city I visited for work for more than 5 years. I have quite some footsteps in this particular park. At the beginning of 2013 I was in Rotterdam again for business and once again I walked down the beautiful lanes. At that time I immediately said to myself “I must write some tips about this beautiful park.” And finally today (as you can read) I took time to actually do it!

    Around the world the first parks were deer parks, land set aside for hunting by royalty and the aristocracy in medieval times. They had walls or thick hedges around them to keep game in and people out. As cities became crowded, the private hunting grounds became places for the public. With the Industrial revolution parks took on a new meaning as areas set aside to preserve a sense of nature in the cities and towns. Sporting activity came to be a major use for these urban parks. Rotterdam kept on growing and the borough of Kralingen used to be a village to itself until it was incorporated in the city of Rotterdam in the late 19th century. But the Kralingse Bos remained and that for sure is very good thing. You will find the Kralingse Bos immediate east of the city's centre. Another nice fact is that the Kralingse Bos also has a hige lake in the middle called Kralingse Plas.

    Address: Langepad 63, Rotterdam.
    Directions: You will find the Kralingse Bos immediate east of the city's centre.

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    following workshops and throwing parties

    by Valeggua Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Rotterdam has got it all.

    You can make your trip complete by booking all kinds of workshops or private lessons (salsa, latin percussion, indian dances, diving)

    Or when you arrive in groups celebrating you can book live bands or dancers.
    More information: info@oya-entertainment.com

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    Shipping and Transport College

    by sachara Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    During the Spido boattrip, not far west of the Euromast at the north bank, I saw the eyecatching blue white building of the Shipping and Transport College. This building, designed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects, has 19 floors and is 65m high. The construction started in 2003 and is completed in 2005.

    The most striking part of the building is the conference hall hanging at top of the building in the free air. Not only the form, but also the the way of constructing of this part of the building was unique. This part, having a weight of 350 tons was assembled on the ground and later lifted to the height of the topfloors by two caterpillar cranes and fixed at the building. The intention of building in this spectacular way without scaffolding was because of safety reasons, avoiding difficulties by weatherinfluences as well.

    In the building at the Lloydquarter at the northbank of the river most of the educational departments of the Shipping and Transport College are situated. Also the simulators got a central place in this building. Except the facilities for study, sport and recreation there is a large conference-hall, a restaurant, a cafe, and an internet cafe in the building.

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    Verlosserkerk

    by Airpunk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Although some of the calvinist roots are still visible in the country, the Netherlands is one of the most non-religious countries in the free world. Almost half of its population does not belong to any church. In consequence, many church buildings are not used anymore and some are now used for other purposes. While growing religious communities often take over church buildings from the traditional christian churches, some are used now for non-religious purposes like Amsterdam’s Zuiderkerk. In Rotterdam/Crooswijk, the Verlosserkerk (Redeemer Church) is one of these churches. It was built between 1882 and 1884 in neogothic style. A monastery moved in in 1885. Its most typical attribute are the corner-turrets of the belltower. But already in the 1960s, the parish of this church and the St. Barbara church were merged to form a new, smaller parish. The monastery of the Verlosserkerk was given up in 1975 and in 1979, the church burnt down. It was reconstructed as a student appartment house afterwards – but without the spire.

    Adress: Goudse Rijweg, to the east of the city center

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    Something different...

    by 20011019 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    There are a lot of nightclubs in Rotterdam. Waterfront is one of them and a nice one. It is actually quite hidden, so if nobody tells you, you wouldn't know it. That's a shame, because really good artists perform in here. It depends on the evevning. Sometimes they have rock, or hip hop or live bands. The last time I went, there were some dj's from Detroit, extremely good, and they only performed in Waterfront and on Lowlands, on of the biggest and well visited festivals of our country!!

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    Erasmus bridge

    by MATIM Written Nov 8, 2009

    The 800 metre long Erasmus bridge spans the Maas river and left the northern and southern parts of Rotterdam.
    The suspension bridge has a 159 metre high steel pylon, which is secured with 40 cables.
    The shape of the pylon gave the bridge its nickname, “the Swan”.
    The Erasmus Bridge is the icon of the city of Rotterdam.

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    Station Blaak

    by MATIM Written Nov 8, 2009

    The hostel is situated across station Blaak.

    Since it was roofed in, Blaak Station has resembled a flying saucer.
    The construction is suspended from a massive steel arch decorated with neon lighting in two colours. If the blue light is on, then the train is travelling in the direction of the river. If it is yellow, then the train is heading for the city. Rotterdammers have nicknamed the station “the teakettle”.

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    Barbecue in Kralingse Bos & other public areas

    by ATLC Updated May 9, 2008

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    Click here for Dutch version.

    Translation:

    Barbecueing is allowed in the Kralingse Bos, as long as there is no danger or any inconvenience to the surroundings (Law: art.5.4.1, lid4, onder d, APV) and additionally in compliance with further rules and also complying with other people who are there. The mayor has the right to forbid barbecueing when there's draught or danger of fire.

    Rules

    · At least 2 metres distances from trees and shrubs
    · Waste should be put in the waste baskets
    · Hot coals may not be left on the grass but have to be put in special coal containers,
    · The barbecue must be put on a stable ground
    · The source of heat must not be put on the ground, at least 10 cm above ground
    · Directions by police and fire brigade must be followed up
    · You need a permit if you have a barbecue for more than 20 people
    · Open fire is forbidden
    · Mind the children

    In general:

    You may not make an open fire, such as a camp fire or burning waste or branches.
    You may make a fire that doesn't give any danger for the surroundings, such as burning candles or fire to cook such as a barbecue. You can have a barbecue in a park as long as this isn't forbidden in the park. Look for the signs at the park, or get information from the town council or call 0800-1545. You cannot barbecue near shrubbery or under a tree. You may not cause burns on the ground and after the barbecue you need to clear all your waste.

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    Zakkendragershuisje - Former Museum van Nagsael

    by Airpunk Updated Jan 25, 2008

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    Once, this was one of my favourite tips. Museum van Nagsael named itself the world's smallest museum. Indeed, it wasn't more than a display window - a smaller one. What made this place nice was (1) to find it and (2) the small piece of modern art you'll find inside. The work of art changed every month. Unfortunately, the last exhibition of this kind took place in late 2006, after celebrating its 11th anniversary. Since then Museum van Nagsael has been just an empty display window.

    One thing I discovered when looking for the last time for van Nagsael was the small commemorative plaque. Not for the museum, but for the Zakkendragershuisje. This was the building for guild of the freight carrying workers in the harbour. It became a victim of WWII...

    Adress: Boterslot 40

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    Katendrecht

    by Airpunk Written Jan 25, 2008

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    Katendrecht was once a small settling dating back to the year 1199 and is now a new developing urbanity located in a former harbour area. The last harbour activities have moved from this area to the big new harbours along the Nieuwe Waterweg around 1980. Since then, new houses are being built in Katendrecht. The area was recommended as a place with interesting architectonical concepts, but I have not seen anything which really fascinated me. Buildings dating from the 1970s and 1980s are mostly seen in this area, with many immigrants – mainly from the far east - living here. A couple of buildings, home to former harbour workers, can be seen here too. Many car repair shops have settled down here. But somehow nothing of architectural relevance… The few modern buildings are quite boring, at least compared to the other places in Rotterdam. Some sculptures at the river as well as Delfiplein are nice, but surely no reason to visit Katendrecht. The area around the park is developing and since I heard that people can build houses there according to their own ideas, this may become an interesting area in a couple of years. Other plans like a bridge to the famous “Hotel New York” also sound interesting. But right now, I can’t find any reason to visit Katendrecht.

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    Warehouses at the Kop van Zuid

    by Pieter11 Written Dec 28, 2007

    At the southside of the Wilhelminapier (towards Hotel New York and Montevideo) you will see these beautiful old warehouses Celebes, Java, Borneo and Sumatra, named after the Indonesian islands.

    These buildings were constructed between 1940 and 1941 and were used as warehouses for the company "Pakhuismeesteren". Tea, nuts and seads that were taken from the East Indies, were stored here until they were shipped out again to anywhere in the world.

    Today the buildings are in a very poor status and I'm afraid they might even be replaced my modern, concrete giants in a few year. A waist of these beautiful pieces of harbour-history if you ask me.

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    Noordereiland

    by RoyJava Updated Nov 8, 2007

    Most tourists never heard about the Noordereiland and just passed this well-known part of Rotterdam on their way to, or out of Rotterdam.

    It is a small island in the river of New Meuse and is connected by the Bridge of Willem and the Bridge of the Queen. The area where a lot of fishermen lived once was famous for small pubs where you could have a great and fun time. I remembered the Group 65 and Oom Tom, for now an ancient name of a jazzy club ...

    The island today is "protected" which means the neighbourhood refers to special attentions. So there are no middle class men anymore, no shopkeepers, no tradespeople ... some 4000 people just live there in nice appartments, bungalows and expensive houses. I know... sounds horrible and I happen to know one inhabitant. Both out of the ancient 60's and, the one of today. Must say there are some beautiful views! You can have a great walk here ...
    And just try a very nice boat drive by water taxi

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