Favorite thing In 1953 the Lijnbaan was the first shoppingstreet in the world where the cars were banned. In those years was written: the Lijnbaan is the most modern and luxurious shopping centre with 78 delightful shops.
It took some time before I discovered an old gateway between the modern buildings. It is the Coolsingelpoort (gate), the last remain of the Coolsingelhospital which was devastated during the war in 1940. Originally the old gateway stood at the rear of the hospital before it was moved to this place at the Lijnbaan close to a tree which stood in the courtyard of the hospital.
Because the former hospital was situated close to this spot, the Lijnbaan looks historically the most logical place fore the old gateway, though there were ideas as well to move the gateway to the new Erasmus hospital.
Favorite thing Rotterdam is the site of ambitious architecture.
Buildings like "the Montevideo Tower", and bridges like the "Erasmus bridge" are creating a beautiful skyline. Especially by night!
note: Rotterdam's skyline is standing in the best European Skylinetop (together with Frankfurt, Warsaw and Paris)
I like walking or cycling over the "Maasboulevard" for enjoying this pictures view.
Favorite thing We did not visit the Euromast cos when we were there, it was very misty and decided not to go.
One can go up there to have a bird's eye view of Rotterdam - the port city. There's a restaurant at the top too.
Favorite thing When German planes hit the Netherlands, and Rotterdam in particular, they did a meticulous job: they nearly destroyed avery single building. When it was time to rebuild the city the authorities voted against a project of reconstructing the city like it used to be. They said it was time for Rotterdam to move on, not back - and opted for a modern face-lift.
Today only an old area remains: the small district called Delftshaven. It's located along a canal, where the old lock still is. All the houses that surround the canal are traditional wooden houses. Docked along it there are plenty of old boats, those wooden one with high masts. some host restaurants and bars - other appeared to be inhabited.
Fondest memory At the end of the canal - just to remind you that you are in the Netherlands, there's an old windmill and for a while you'll have the feeling of being somewhere in the peaceful countryside instead than in a thriving busy city
Favorite thing There is also a tv/radio transmitting tower that seems to be obligitary in some European cities pls see pic. We did not go there however so cannot tell you anything about it but here is a link for their site...http://www.euromast.nl/
Favorite thing When we reached Park Hotel on the first day, we saw a board giving us a cultural walking route map. We marked it out on our map and followed the route. There was very few people on the streets. Perhaps it was Saturday and it is winter, so not many tourists in Rotterdam. There are things to see along the route, but... I prefer to go to more crowded places where I can see other people.
But it was nice to see the lakes in the park frozen.
Fondest memory I saw a duck on the grass beside a frozen lake. I decided to scare it and chase after it. It waddled on the ice and it was very fun to see the duck slipping as it waddled on the slippery ice.
Favorite thing Next to the cubes houses you will see another designed building by the Dutch architect Piet Blom (1934-1999).
It is called the Blaaktower and has the shape of a pencil, that is why it is popular called 'The Pencil', Het Potlood.
Fondest memory Kolk 52l-180
Height : 61 meter or 200ft
Floors over ground: 15
Building completed in 1984
Favorite thing Leave the river Nieuwe Maas at your left side and walk the promenade direction Erasmusbridge.
You have a row of all kinds of flags and to make it easy for you they have put a board next to it so you can check the different origins of the flags.
Favorite thing Across the Nieuwe Maas, at the Kop van Zuid, you can spot the Wilhelmina tower (at the left), designed by C. Dam, 1994-1996, 100 meters tall, 20 levels and used as offices.
At the right the courthouses, designed by R. Ligtvoet/Architectenbureau Kraaijvanger-Urbis, 1994-1996, comprehends 5 stores.
Favorite thing Wonderfull Rotterdam is wonderfull in all his ways. Just make a walk and you can see the most beautifull things!
Fondest memory This building is on the Weena in Rotterdam. In this building you can see an other building. This kind of littel things i mean, so keep looking up and down. You can see the most W O N D E R F U L L ! ! ! things.
Favorite thing Looking up shows you old buildings in all her beauty and her oldness. Not only in the outsides of the city but also the center contains a lot of old buildings.
Fondest memory Make sure you dont miss it!
Favorite thing see the view from the top of the Euromast ('Euro tower') which was build in 1960 on the occasion of the Floriade, a large horticultural event. The upper section (the Space Tower) was added ten years later. On a clear day, the view from the top at 185 meters above sea level is spectacular, although clear days have become rare because of smog and air pollution in general.
Fondest memory view from the top of the Euromast.