Rotterdam, World Port World City, is a city you have to experience for yourself. Rotterdam is a young, dynamic, international city with a passionately beating heart. The city keeps reinventing itself at a rapid pace, redefining and expanding its already impressive skyline every time you visit and presenting new cultural and sporting events to surprise and delight you. Its ever-changing nature makes Rotterdam a city that you can rediscover time and again..
Today’s Rotterdam is an ode to modern architecture, where home-grown and foreign architects are given all the space they need, both literally and figuratively. Erasmus Bridge was built to create an even better connection between Rotterdam Zuid and the city centre to the north; the graceful, swan-like bridge was named after the famous Renaissance humanist, theologian and philosopher Desiderius Erasmus, who came from Rotterdam. Freed-up port areas were reallocated for housing and entertainment facilities. The Kop van Zuid and Lloydkwartier are interesting examples of urban redevelopment, with their spectacular skyscrapers and transformed port buildings.
Rotterdam conquers the world
The port city of Rotterdam has become a world-class metropolis. It is now home to the worldwide headquarters of Unilever and the largest medical centre in the Netherlands, Erasmus MC. The film and visual arts sector in Rotterdam continues to grow, with the International Film Festival Rotterdam as the annual highlight. Designer Richard Hutten, lingerie designer Marlies Dekkers and architect Rem Koolhaas cause a stir all over the world from their home base in Rotterdam.
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The cube houses
The cube houses were designed by Piet Blom, who saw his design as a tree and the entire complex as a forest. Blom wanted to develop a village within a large city; a safe haven where various different functions could take place. The Kijk-Kubus (Museum House) is a fully furnished show home in the Blaakse Bos. The interior was specially developed to give visitors an impression of how it’s possible to live in a cube house with sloping walls.
The Euromast Tower is the highest observation tower in the Netherlands. At 100 metres, the tower provides a fantastic panoramic 360° view of the city and much further afield. Visitors who want to go even higher can take the Euroscope, a rotating lift, another 85 metres to the top. Daredevils can rope slide or abseil from the top of the Euromast Tower.
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
Visit Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and embark on a journey back through the history of art, from the Early Middle Ages to the present day. From Bosch, Rembrandt and Van Gogh to Dalí and Dutch Design, there is plenty to captivate every visitor. The museum displays world-class works of art. The much-discussed temporary exhibitions, sculpture garden and beautiful 1930s architecture guarantee visitors hours of art enjoyment at the museum.
You'll find an indoor market hall in various world-class cities, but the combination with luxury housing makes Rotterdam's Markthal the first of its kind. The apartments are draped over the food market in a horseshoe configuration. The Markthal has about 100 fresh food stands, nearly 15 food shops and various restaurants, with a supermarket and a four-level underground car park below. As you wander amongst the market stands, look up to enjoy the massive artwork sprawling across the ceiling: the 'Horn of Plenty' by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam.
Thanks to this grand span of art, the Markthal has been referred to as the Dutch version of the Sistine Chapel.
Splashtours offers a very different and exciting way to see Rotterdam. A tour with this unique amphibious bus provides an unforgettable experience to visitors of all ages. In 60 minutes, you will first drive along the most exceptional and beautiful spots in Rotterdam. Then comes the ‘splash’: the spectacular dive into the Maas River. The bus now proves to be a seaworthy vessel as well, which cruises on past the glorious skyline!