-Take a watertaxi to cross the river! It’s a nice transport but for a tourist it is also fun!
You can take some photos but watch out for the water coming towards you and your sensitive camera! I used it for going to HNY for a coffee.
Walk near the river
The river Maas run right through the city of Rotterdam. You can walk near it in some parts, watch the small or huge boats passing by and then cross it to other side from a bridge or by using a watertaxi.
First get some information!
There is a Tourist Information Office right next to Engels restaurant outside of the train central station. Go there first, get some info, a map of the city, ask for some sights or other happening (free concerts etc).
Then you can go up to 7th floor and have a drink. The view is nice (look at my photo). You can relax here and organize your walking tour in the city. Sometimes in the evenings they have free jazz concerts so ask at the info for that.
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When you're thinking that Rotterdam is all new, you're wrong. I took stefan60 to a quiet neighbourhood in the east part of town, near Erasmus University.
Here's where the academics live. A small hidden paradise.
Do see all the photo's in this tip!Related to:
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Enjoy the city at Schouwburgplein
This central square is home to one of the largest cinema's (PATHE), the Rotterdam concert hall (Doelen) and the Rotterdam theatre (Schouwburg).
On the square are various activities during the year, for instance the open air film festival.
Or, like now, there's a huge geranium sculpture in full bloom.
There's a car park underneath, central station is 5 minutes walk away.
You could spend an hour here just people-watching while you have some fries from the stall on the corner (best in town).Related to:
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One day trip to Antwerpen
Another good thing to do when having all day free, is visiting Antwerpen in Belgium. You can see lots of really nice houses, built in different style than those in Holland, you can visit lots of chocolate shops :-) and when you have children, just behind the central station there is great zoo :-)
Although the Netherlands and Germany are neighbouring countries, they have some small differences in society you would not expect. Surely, the phenomenon around Pim Fortuyn is one of them. While in Germany, he is regarded as a right-wing extremist, a persona non-grata, he was a popular but polarizing person in the Netherlands. As a gay person, Fortuyn was not the classic right-winger, but he was a fierce opponent to the Islam and the dutch muliticulturalism. In a TV show, where people were encouraged to chose the greatest Dutchman of all times, he became first, beating even William the silent, father of the nation. Fortuyn was assasinated on May 6th 2002 by an animal rights activist. Years after his death, Fortuyn is regarded by some dutchmen as an important political figure. On my first visit to Rotterdam, in 2004, there were even fresh flowers on the base of his monument.
The german word for monument is “Denkmal” which could be traduced with “think about”. Now, it’s up to you to think about following question: Does a person like Pim Fortuyn deserve a monument?…Related to:
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The Park is a large city park, which is situated west of the citycentre, on the banks of the Nieuwe Maas. The Park is designed in 1870 by JD and LP Zocher in English landscape style on two former huge country estates.
The Park has partly still the atmosphere of the former aristocratic owners with large lawns, water parties and stately trees. I visited the Park at a warm and sunny sunday. A lot of families were picnicking in the shade of the trees and kids were playing. At the lawns people were sunbathing.
At the south side close to the river is the so called Bult ( bump) made by the mud coming from the dredging of the Katendrechtse harbour. Of one of the estates at the north side 'Landgoed De Heuvel' the mansion in empire style is still there. Nowadays it's restaurant Zocher. In front of the mansion is still a french ornamented garden.
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At the northern edge of the Park stands a Norwegian wooden church for sailormen, called Norsk Sjomannkirke. The church was built in 1914. It arrived from Norway in the Netherlands as a prefab package. The church is property of the Norwegian Seamen Community (The Norske Sjömannskirke), that has been established since July 1904.
The design was a contest, won by M. Poulsen and A. Arneberg. The beautiful wooden complex represents the typical Norwegian architecture. With its square plan it refers to the medieval Norwegian stav churches. At the roof is a small clocktower. The colorful paintings and woodcarvings are made according to the Norwegian folklore. The parsonage, also made of wood is connected with the church by a lower middle part.
Originally the church stood on the corner of the park. In 1938 due to the construction of the Maastunnel the church had to be moved to the actual ocation. It must have been quite spectacular, because the building was moved in one piece.
Duing my visit in summer 2006 the church was scaffolded.Related to:
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When visiting the Netherlands,
you will find some of the most
unconventional are the cube
houses near the city centre of
Rotterdam in the south.
These houses were designed
by architect Blom in the 1980s.
He just tilted the conventional
house 45 degrees.
The houses all rest on pilons, have windows, and are all attached
one to the other. And perhaps the most amazing thing: people
actually live in them.
Since they were disturbed so often by curious passers by, one owner
decided to open a "show cube", which is furnished as a normal house.
Once inside, you get an idea how it is possible that one can live in such
a strangely shaped house ......
The Montevideo Tower is becoming the highest flat of The Netherlands. In Rotterdam they are building this amazing tower on the coast of the river The Maas.
On the picture you'll see that they are still busy with it.Related to:
Kop Van Zuid
Kop Van Zuid literally means Head of the South. Well, if you are fond of architecture and urbanism _ I personnaly am_ visiting Kop Van Zuid is a must do.
I studied one term at Erasmus university and took one lecture about urban management. The teachers we had worked hand on hand with the city urban team to make Rotterdam a more attractive city. Their project of Kop Van Zuid was the most important.
Kop Van Zuid used to be a poor quarter that hosted people working in the harbour. Since the harbour has been delocalized a few kilometers away and employ less people, the importance of harbour on employment in Rotterdam has lowered. The city saw a great opportunity in transforming this quarter completely. The location is great, near the river Maas and really near of the heart of the city, and there is huge space to build interesting projects.
When I was in Rotterdam, in 2003, they had already built a modern concert hall, a major building by Norman Foster and many other urban innovations. The most important innovation being the superb Erasmus bridge, which has became the symbol the city.
When going to Kop Van Zuid, also visit Hotel New York, which is great.Related to:
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Holland in one day :-))
In The Hague there is "mini Holland" called Madurodam...all important buildings and other sights in one place. Really great especially when you have children. For adults the entrance fee is 12 euro. Guide in any eu language included.Related to:
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Keukenhof is among those things you just can't miss, when you are in Holland. It's amazing park full of tulips and other flowers, opened all spring.
Entrance is 12,50 euro and it's more then worth it!Related to:
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Coming out of the Central Railwaystation of Rotterdam, you´ll see a very tall building at your lefthand side. This building is the tallest building of Holland and is used by an insurance company called Nationale Nederlanden.
The official height of this office is 151.35 metres. The construction was started in 1988 and it was completed in 1991. It has 41 stores and it offers a working space to 6.000 people each day.
The Delftse Poort (Gate of Delft) building has been a centre of activity during the years. In 2000, during the European Championships Football that were organised in Holland then, the building was covered with a huge picture of Edgar Davids, the captain of the Dutch National team.
And until last year every year a famous stairsrun was organised in this building. Numerous people ran the 41 floors and up to 500 steps as fast as they could, reaching the top in less then 8 minutes. Due to safety reasons this race has been cancelled last two years.Related to:
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