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    A beautiful bridge over the water.
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    One of the historical windmills.
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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

    view-from-noordereiland-rotterdam noodereiland-rotterdam poster-noordereiland-rotterdam
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    Shipping and Transport College

    by Airpunk Written Feb 18, 2007

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    Everywhere in Rotterdam, you don’t know what to expect around the next corner. During the Spido harbour tour, I saw a strange building, which alone is nothing strange for Rotterdam. As I liked the unusual shape, but it was a little far away to visit it, I tried to doung out at least what it is. It’s the Shipping and Transport College, a building finished in 2005. The building houses not only study facilities, but also a big conferrence hall (which is located in the part which is not sustained by anything below it).

    Shipping and Transport College
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    De Peperklip - a modern building often missed

    by Airpunk Updated Feb 3, 2007

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    This building with over 500 small appartments was built between 1979 and 1982 and is one of many strange buildings in Rotterdam. This one is a nice view with its different coloured appartments and its unusual shape. From the ground, you will only see round and straight parts, but from the air it had the form of a paperclip (that's where its nickname comes from). If you like to explore Rotterdam and discover strange buildings, you should not miss this one. The pictures are from the summers of 2005 and 2006 - on both I catched a f*****' rainy day.

    You will find "De Peperklip" at the Rosestraat at the Kop van Zuid, just a few minutes away from the Koninginnenbrug.

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    Vierkant eiland in de plas

    by Airpunk Written Feb 3, 2007

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    ...is the dutch expression for squared island in the lake. This modern sculpture by Frans de Wit was installed in the 1980s when the surrounding areas (now called Alexanderpolder) were developed into today’s modern living quarter. It marked what was believed to be the deepest point in the Netherlands with 7 meters below water level. However, during new measurements, it was found out that there is a deeper point a few kilometers to the east of Rotterdam.

    Today, it is a piece of art in the middle of multi.storey buildings. The inclined positions of the beams and the bowl give you a different perspective from every different point. Unfortunately, the inside part of the bowl marking the formerly lowest point, needs to be cleaned up….

    Directions: Prinsenlaan in Rotterdam/Alexanderpolder. In walking distance from the northeastern corner of Kralingse Plas.

    Vierkant eiland in de plas The artifical lake from far The bowl from inside with the Sunset over the lake
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    Ventilation building for the Maastunnels

    by sachara Updated Nov 18, 2006

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    At the waterfront of the Nieuwe Maas these strange looking buildings with a green cupper roof pulled my attention, not knowing what to think of it.... bathinghouses or what ?

    During the Spido boattrip I got the explanation. These so-called Maastunnel buildings are ventilation buildings for the Maastunnel. They are supposed to stand like architectural bridge heads at both sides of the river the Maas, suggesting that also underground there is a connection between the north and south bank. In the buildings are entries and steep escalators for cyclists and pedestrians.

    The Maastunnel is the oldest tunnel of the Netherlands. In 1937 Mayor Droogleever Fortuyn of Rotterdam gave the starting signal for its construction as one of the hugest public works in that time. The tunnel is completed in 1942 during the WWII.

    Maastunnel building at the northbank Maastunnel building close to the Euromast Maastunnel building with view at Erasmus bridge Maastunnel building at southbank View at Parkhaven, Maastunnelbuilding & Euromast
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    Market

    by didgeridorien Written Oct 3, 2006

    Every Tuesday and Saturday (and a small one on Sunday) there's a market in Rotterdam's city centre. It's always very busy, people are shouting really hard to sell there stuff and you can't walk properly, so it's an absolute must do. The real people from Rotterdam come here to buy their food, clothing and even furniture.
    It's on a street called Meent, behind the city hall. You can take the metro here.

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    Lage Bergse Bos

    by didgeridorien Written Oct 3, 2006

    This is a forest in Hillegersberg, in the middle of Rotterdam. Rent some skates, as most of the paths in the forest are paved and go skating there for a couple of hours. There also is a pancake restaurant were you can eat when you get hungry from all the skating. You can also fish and swim in the lakes here.
    Take Tram 4 to Molenlaan (the end), it's only a small walk from here. Just ask someone and they'll show you.

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    Rotte Meeren

    by blanter Written Jul 1, 2006

    A recreational area North of Rotterdam (roughly between Berkel & Roodenrijs, Gouda, and Zoetermeer) - an artificial lake with several windmills. It is nice butr I would only recommend visiting if you spend considerable amount of time in the area. If you just have a day for windmills, go to Kinderdijk instead. The best way to visit is by bike (a nice day out starting from Rotterdam, Delft, or the Hague).

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    Hoek van Holland beach

    by benidormone Written Oct 31, 2005

    When you visit Rotterdam and the weather is nice, why not visit Hoek van Holland? It has nice white sandy beaches and dunes. There is also a nudebeach in Hoek van Holland between marker 116,12 – 116,62. To go to Hoek van Holland just take a train at Rotterdam Central station to Hoek van Holland Strand.

    Nudebeach Harbour Harbour beach
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    Noorsekerk (Norwegian church)

    by Airpunk Written Aug 18, 2005

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    The Norwegian Church, originally the church of norwegian sailors, is a replica made in 1914 from the original church which dates back to the 16th century. The church is made out of dark wood and serves not only as a church but also for norwegian culture activities.

    You will find the church at the D. Fortuynplein near the park.

    De noorse kerk
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    Get up in the sky 50 meters....

    by mafootje Written Jan 15, 2005

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    I don't think it's a change that will be there anytime soon. But when we walked out of the central station of Rotterdam we where stopped by people from a crane company.

    They where having a fund raiser for the Tsunami victims... In exchange for a donation we where taken up 50 meters above the ground in front of Rotterdam Central Station....

    We didn't know on forehand that it was possible, infact we wanted to go to the zoo with my niece....but decided to go shopping.....

    It was a great experience and i got the pictures to proof it :-)


    Picture taken January 15, 2005

    Rotterdam Sky view....
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    Strange things...

    by curiosone Written Dec 3, 2004

    Near to Rotterdam harbour I've found this "strange"
    thing;nothing of archaeological! Curious stuff!
    You have to lay on it and looking at the sky...relaxing
    and MUCH fleshing!! I don't think it's a stupid tourist
    attraction(isolated area).If you know something about
    it,please,tell me!

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    Parklaan

    by Imbi Written May 19, 2004

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    After a visit to Het Park, we decided to go towards Erasmusbrug, so we took Parklaan. I was stunned to see that street as it has very beautiful houses or offices on both sides. It seemed to me that it was very posh areas especially for big offices.

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    Kralingen

    by aukjejetty Updated Jan 11, 2004

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    East of the city centre is an area called "Kralingen", here you can find beautiful old architecture, very different from the modern centre. It is about 10-20 minutes walking from "Blaak", but you can also get of at subwaystation "Voorschoterlaan" from the centre going east [oost] on the Calandlijn [red line].

    It is a pleasant area to just walk around and on a nice day sit in one of the parks that Kralingen has. The Lusthofstraat [a side street from the Voorschoterlaan] is a shopping street with some eating places and a few good bakeries.

    An Old Apotheek [pharmacy]
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    Art: "Maasbeeld"

    by aukjejetty Updated Jan 11, 2004

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    In 1981 the renewed "Willemsbrug" [the red bridge] opened, and artist Auke de Vries made a sculpture for this occasion. Auke de Vries is an artist who likes to look at the environment closely before he starts making his plans. In this case he has created a line between the 'Willemsbrug' and an old part of the trainbridge [which was destructed in 1993].

    It is a steelcable and he has steel objects hanging on it in the form of a ring, a flag, a box and a hanging ball. All these object are seen on the large amount of ships passing by the "Maas" each day. The sculpture is a toy of the water below, with the wind on the Maas the line moves and the objects swing a little.

    Maasbeeld by Auke de Vries
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