Renowned for its industrial heritage and its
working class roots, the city of Rotterdam has become a dynamic, energetic and
innovative metropolis brimming with a host of architectural and cultural gems.
country’s second largest city provides a dramatic contrast to its arch rival
Amsterdam, replacing typically quaint Dutch buildings with visionary structures,
and oozing a cosmopolitan yet down to earth character that is sometimes lacking
in its neighbouring nemesis. With the intercity train delivering you from the
capital’s Central Station in just 45 minutes, Rotterdam offers a fascinating
excursion from your Amsterdam apartment that is certain to leave a lasting
as a small fishing village in the mid 13th century, the city
developed its trade and commerce through the construction of shipping canals
and eventually became one of the largest and most important ports in the world.
Devastated by a shattering bombardment during World War II, Rotterdam’s
historical core was almost entirely destroyed, resulting in an inspirational
reconstruction that aimed to establish a radical and forward thinking future,
still evident in its current cityscape.
remains the largest in Europe and is certainly worthy of discovery for nautical
buffs, with the elegant Erasmus Bridge affording splendid views across the
water and opposing islands. Boat tours along the Maas River or use of the
superb Watertaxi are also recommended for an engaging and unique perspective of
the impressive port and its surrounding neighbourhoods.
obvious highlight to add to the trip’s itinerary, particularly on clear days,
is the soaring Euromast, a 600 foot observation tower that grants its guests
stunning panoramas across the metropolis. A restaurant, a revolving glass
elevator, and a selection of adrenaline inducing activities, such as abseiling
and a terrifying zip line, are also available for a memorable encounter.
attractions within the city are vast and varied, ranging from the endearingly
retro Sonneveld House Museum to the ever changing modern world of Kunsthal to
the architectural wonders of the tilted cube houses, which can be explored in
more detail at the adjoining Kijk-Kubus or Show Cube. Art enthusiasts short on
time should definitely check out the phenomenal Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen,
an iconic institute that showcases a superlative collection of artworks
selected across the centuries, beautifully located within picturesque grounds.
Another option to consider, especially for those travelling with children, is the
wonderful Rotterdam Zoo, consistently voted the best zoo in the Netherlands due
to its spacious enclosures, verdant aesthetic, rich diversity and its admirable
bars, and boutiques are also in abundance, with a great assortment of all three
present on the eclectic Witte de Withstraat, an artistic setting that houses
endearing establishments with an alternative vibe. The equally bohemian Pannekoekstraat
and its environs host a myriad of vintage stores and trendy cafes, perfect for
a pit stop amidst the sightseeing.
extended stay in this absorbing city, head here
for an excellent range of holiday
apartments, available within Rotterdam itself.
Detailed advice on how to reach Rotterdam from
Amsterdam can be found here.
For further information regarding the city and
its attractions, please visit this website.