If you are fond of swimming, Holland does not always offer you the opportunity because of the weather. At Tropicana you can imagine yourself in subtropical surroundings. In the oasis of palm and banana trees and with a constant temperature of 30 degrees. You can slide down the big water slopes in a group, relax in one of the bubble baths or float along the rapids. Adventure-seekers can get their thrill on the famous white water course or slither down one of the slides. Entrance is €11,50 and can best be reached from Oostplein metro station.Related to:
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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.
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.Related to:
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The Zoo of Rotterdam seems to be one of the most popular attractions in Holland. The Zoo is divided into continents where you see interesting animals in their natural environments. New at Rotterdam Zoo is the "Oceanium" with exotic fish, puffins, playful sea-ottters, snakes, sharks and jelly-fish. One of the highpoints is the cold area inhabited by penguins: the "Falkland Islands". Here, you can walk over moving ice while the penguins swim underneath. Entrance is €13,50 and can best be reached by tram.Related to:
Feed the waterturtles
Inside of blijdorp there is a large pond with all sorts of ducks. But in the summertime you also can see waterturtles. These turtles are brought in by people who had bought a little water turtle in the petshop thinking these would stay small.
People just took them with them to the zoo and left them here.
When we were feeding the ducks suddenly between all those ducks we saw a little head, the turtle was being tossed around between the feet of the ducks but finally got close enough.
At first it dove under when i tried to give him some bread but after he got some more confidence it at right out of my hand.
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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.Related to:
Oceanium behind the scenes tour
In Blijdorp it's also possible to reserve a place in a behind the scenes tour of the Oceanium. The tour takes about 2 hours and will learn you more about the Oceanium. You will also see the technical part of the Oceanium, and notice you can get lost behind the scenes when you don't know the way around.Related to:
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Ventilation building for the Maastunnels
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.Related to:
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Shipping and Transport College
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.Related to:
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De Peperklip - a modern building often missed
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.Related to:
Noorsekerk (Norwegian church)
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.Related to:
Barbecue in Kralingse Bos & other public areas
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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.
· 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
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.Related to:
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Vierkant eiland in de plas
...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.Related to:
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Zakkendragershuisje - Former Museum van Nagsael
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 40Related to:
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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.
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