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!
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).
Museumpark is one of the best parks in Rotterdam. There are so many statues in the park and surrounding of different tourist attraction places makes it very important. There is a bridge in the park to link, Upper Park to lower one, and it is very wonderful.
Arboretum Trompenburg has one of the most extensive tree collections in the world. The park is 7 hectares large and the first design was started in 1820. As far as I could tell, not one tree or shrub is the same. Just imagine it is really is a museum of trees.
The park is just beautiful in late spring. I am not knowledgeable about all this but I can appreciate that there are some very special species there.
There's a very nice book available, full colour, hard bound, in English (!) for only 15 euro that you can buy in the bookshop there.
Entrance is only € 4. The park is open 1 April - 31 October, Mon-Fri, 9-17 hrs and Sat/Sun 10-16 hrs. Outside these months only on Sunday. Free entry during the national museumweekend in April.
Simply go there and enjoy. Or if not, there are 5 photos in this tip :-)
-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.
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!
Het Witte huis or The White House, was built in 1898, has 11 floors and a height of 42 meters. The building was designed by W.Molenbroek. It was the first skyscraper of Rotterdam. This was the tallest multi-storey building in Continental Europe at the time of completion.
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.
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 :-)
Rotterdam has its own version of the walk of fame. Here you can see the hands and feet of famous people like Tina Turner, Gloria Estefan and Latoya Jackson. Famous Dutch people like Erica Terpstra and Frans Bauer can also be seen. Their hands and feet of course.
Rotterdam has got 3 weekly markets in the top 10 of biggest markets of the Netherlands.
The variaty of Rotterdams markets are so wide because of the many different cultures living here. You can find anything you want for very low prices.
I love going to the biggest market "Blaak"(see my shopping tip) because of the quality and the surprisingly low prices. Because of the big space of the marketsquare it's nice to walk around, even when very crowded.
1. Binnenrotteplein (Blaak) City Center, 465 stands- Tuesdays & Saturdays (small market Friday & Sunday)
2. Afrikaanderplein, Rotterdam South, 308 stands, Wednesdays & Saturdays
3. Visserijplein, 186 stands, Thursdays & Saturdays
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.
Nederlands Fotomuseum is located on Witte de Withstraat 63, it has plenty of information about photographers, history of photography and obviously plenty of photos. There are more than books, electronic media are available. Museum is open Tuesday to Friday 1300 to 1700 hours.
Maritime Museum is located at the junction of Blaak and Coolsingel. It is place for both young and old as it has an old ship to explore and different computer games and intractive features for children. There is also a library, if you are not a kid and a shop to buy some souvenirs for family and friends.
Het Park is the largest park in Rotterdam. It is spread on large area approximately 6.3 hectares. The presence of Euromast also makes it very important park. It also has ponds, restaurants, playing areas and some wonderful statues. Walk through this park is highly recommended.
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