Rotterdam, the second-largest city and municipality in the Netherlands, is not far from Brussels. And it is Europe’s largest seaport. The near-complete destruction of the city center during World War II Rotterdam Blitz has resulted in a varied architectural landscape, including skyscrapers. This is why it is one of my favorite cities in the Netherlands. The architecture is very diverse, from ancient to modern: A real source of inspiration for photographers.
The 3 rivers – Rhine, Meuse, and Scheldt – give waterway access into the heart of Western Europe, including the highly industrialized Ruhr.
You must know that Rotterdam is built mostly behind dikes; large parts of the Rotterdam are below the sea level.
I want to share with you 10 places you need to visit.
1. Cube Houses
Cube Houses was designed by architect Piet Blom and it is based on the concept of living as an urban roof.
The Markthal was designed by architectural firm MVRDV. It is a residential and office building. Underneath there is a market hall with unique architecture and lots of nice restaurants that make this place one of must-visit in Rotterdam.
Euromast is the highest point in Rotterdam. From above you can have a really nice view of Rotterdam. In the same place, you can enjoy a coffee at the restaurant.
This bridge was named in 1992 to remember Desiderius Erasmus, a prominent Christian renaissance humanist also known as Erasmus of Rotterdam and this bridge is the most important landmark in Rotterdam, in the night this view is very stunning with all the city light.
5. Witte Huis
“Witte Huis” in English means “White House”. This building is a national heritage in Rotterdam and it is not far from the Cube House.
This yellow wooden bridge was designed by the architecture firm ZUS, and the yellow color brings life to this area. This place is really famous for Instagram photography.
7. Rotterdam Central Station
You cannot visit a city without having a view of its station. It is a really original building and was designed by the architect Sybold van Ravesteyn. It is connected to local and international destinations. This beautiful architecture makes this station a really popular place to visit for tourists.
This colorful place was designed by Peter Struycken. If you are patient and you can wait until the sunset, you will make wonderful pictures. The lights lit up and change colors every ten minutes.
Delfshaven is the oldest neighbourhood in Rotterdam. The most popular places to visit here are the windmill De Distilleerketel and the old Pilgrim Father’s Church.
10. Miniworld Rotterdam
Miniworld Rotterdam is the largest covered miniature World located in Weena, Rotterdam. If you are traveling with your children, this place is the right place to visit: they will feel tall (you too!).