New bike in a shop you can get for 200 euros and it would be probably stolen in two days. That's why many students and also many people buy bikes from junkies (you can get it around 10 - 12 euros). These bikes were stolen already, everyone knows but noone cares, because that's life, your bike would be stolen one day also .
But be careful and don't buy a bike in the centre of the town, because some policemen go there, trying to look like junkies and trying to sell you a bike. If you do that, you will get a nice trip to the jail.
Rotterdam is divided by river into two parts, the south one is said to be dangerous, some shooting, strange people and all that stuff. I was warned not to go there even before I left my country and after my arrival here also many native Dutch people confirmed that information. Nothing to say from my practical experience - I haven't tried to find out if it's true or not :-)
Rotterdam as any major City has a large drug problem, be careful when walking around the outskirts of the city especially in Zuid plein and surrounding areas-there can be muggers around.
Also it is easy to get lost in Holland as the land is so flat it is sometimes difficult to get your bearings and easy to find yourself wandering aimlessly.. Use metro stations as bearings as you can always get back to a friendlier place if you need to.
Be very carefull when u buy drugs, just buy them in stores not from people on the street.
This week i stayed in Rotterdam overnight because of the Dali exhibition and around 23.00 pm there was a lot of noise coming from the floor below.First a lot of shouting then an awefull sound of someone smashing stuff and breaking glass...
Seems the guy had sniffed coke which had synthetic ingredients in it.
He went totally crazy and smashed the whole hotelroom and he destroyed a beautifull glass cabinet on the first floor as well.
Meanwhile the woman who was with him was running to the recption naked, terrified of him she had left the room without anything..
Glass everywhere on the floor and stairs ...after that he when to the entrance totally naked and went on the street.
The police came and took the man with them and other policemen searched the room and made notes offcourse.
The guy who had nightshift was shaking and so was i, could'nt sleep untill 3 in the morning
so please be very carefull, u might hurt urself and other people!
That's a nice way to call them....Rotterdam events sometimes have isolated fights between the visitors and the peoples... I don't know if it's the alcohol or just fighting by a little group for "entertainment". This year during the FFWD danceparade there was an incident like this.
We noticed bottles flying around and a lot of ME (Mobiele Eenheid = Mobile Unit) of the police. After a while the ME decided to charge the attackers, they where throwing stones among other things.
They chased them right into the party crowd causing a short panic of people trying not to be hit by the ME.
If you ever see a situation like this just go to a place where your not in the way of the Hooligans and the Police certainly if you are with children. I don't believe there where serious injuries but that's more luck then wishdom. I saw people with there kids on their neck right in the fire line just to give them a good look.... I just call that stupid, don't want to think of the results when a bottle or a stone hits the kid..
Yes this is the amount you pay if you don’t have a valid ticket, whilst using public transport in Rotterdam. There are good links of public transport in Rotterdam and most of the tram and buses are very frequent. Ticket could be bought at the public transport for some extra charge.
Like any other big or expending town or city, Rotterdam have also parking problems. It is highly recommended not to drive into city centre otherwise you could waste plenty of time, looking for parking space. One thing I like that you can pay almost everywhere using your credit card.
In the so called 'Kop van Zuid' (Head of the south or something) is a bridge and you can find this funny warning sign there.
It warns to be aware of falling ice in case bridge opens, so protective headwear needed!
Don't let this scare you!
I saw this man hitting this car and knocking out three windows on a noisy Sunday evening in my street. When I called 112 [the dutch number for 911] I was told that there were already a lot of police on their way. In several minutes the street was filled with policemen and dogs.
I was able to take some photos of this man through my window. I never found out what happened, but I know that a group of kids that hang around all the time threw a stone through this man's snackbar window. Maybe they did more to upset this man so bad, but I only have a photo of the angry result.
My neighbourhood is not a bad one, compared to some neighbourhoods south and west of the city. There are some neighbourhoods in Rotterdam that are not pleasant after dark, if you want to check out other neighbourhoods, for example south of the Maas, ask some advice from locals, and go during day-time.
Don't fall for this one,
I was advised by a relation who works in Holland about some guy who said he was british and needed 10 euros to get to the embassy. Being a soft touch my relation handed over some cash. 3 Weeks later the same guy approached him with the same story.
I was in Rotterdam in september and we had the same story. No doubt the same guy. Accent seemed more German than dutch, or a very badly put on british accent. I swiftly translated into Dutch and German a sharpe "On Your Bike Pal!" and he eventually got the idea.
He seems to operate in the area leading upto the centraal station. So keep ya eyes and ears open for this scammer No doubt I'll see him on my next visit to Rotterdam!
Rotterdam is quite a safe town compared to large cities in other countries. There are some areas that are less safe in the night like Marconiplein and Spangen. Also parks should better be avoided during nights. Of course if you are at the wrong place in the wrong time you have bad luck, but you can safely walk in the center in the night.
Just be careful: don’t trust someone immediately, if someone stops you claiming he is a policeman ask for his ID, keep your wallet safely (pickpocketing is not uncommon) and don’t put all your eggs in one basket (keep money in several places). If you are unfortunate to be robbed, better to give your wallet with only a few euros.
I don't know if it's just me (and my paranoia), but something told me to watch out outside the central railway station.
As I got out from the central railway station, there was guy coming to shake my hand and saying something, which I didn't undestand. When I just answered him something in English he walked away. After a while, there was another guy asking that if I need something and that he is willing to help me if I need to do some business. I didn't want to know what the business would have been... just walked away as "smoothly" as I could from that situation, since there was some other "strange" guys also nearby.
...so if you are leaving or entering the central railway station, I think you should watch yourself and your belonings a little bit.
On Saturday August 10th, 2002, you will see a herd of VT members trudge through Rotterdam. Do not get in their way or try to attract their attention. They'll make you addicted to VT and you'll never get outside the house ever again. They might look normal but definitely are not!
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Watch out for people who approach saying that they are police checking for counterfeit notes. Do not show them your money! They wear normal clothes and show a dodgy pass.
Just tell them you want to go to the police station for the check, and they will buzz off. Becareful
1. don't park your car in a place where it is not allowed or when you doubt if it may be done. Pay enough parkingmoney in the machines. Penalties are huge and not often your car will be towed.
2. don't get tricked by beggars that tell some very dramatic story (last time someone told me he got lost from France, wanted to go to the English embassy, lost all his luggage and had only some German Marks that he wanted to change in Dutch money - he spook however in perfect Dutch). Stay friendly, but do not give money or even take your purse from your pocket/bag.