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Guidebook for Rotterdam

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Guidebook for Rotterdam

Food Scene
1 Michelin star creative restaurant just a minute away from the apartment with a nice outside terrace. Next door from the same chef is FG Restaurant which hold 2 Michelin stars and is more formal than the FG foodlabs.
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FG Food Labs
41 Katshoek
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1 Michelin star creative restaurant just a minute away from the apartment with a nice outside terrace. Next door from the same chef is FG Restaurant which hold 2 Michelin stars and is more formal than the FG foodlabs.
Sightseeing
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.
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Markthal
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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.
De Rotterdam is an iconic example of urban architecture. The three linked towers are nearly 150 metres high, forming a ‘vertical city’ of high-class flats, a 4-star hotel, offices, shops, restaurants, fitness and parking facilities. Covering an area the size of a football field, the building was constructed according to highly sustainable building practices. The name refers to the ss Rotterdam, a steamship that once sailed a regular route to New York and offered a wide range of functions for its passengers’ comfort.
De Rotterdam
De Rotterdam is an iconic example of urban architecture. The three linked towers are nearly 150 metres high, forming a ‘vertical city’ of high-class flats, a 4-star hotel, offices, shops, restaurants, fitness and parking facilities. Covering an area the size of a football field, the building was constructed according to highly sustainable building practices. The name refers to the ss Rotterdam, a steamship that once sailed a regular route to New York and offered a wide range of functions for its passengers’ comfort.
The 800-metre long Erasmus Bridge spans the Maas River and links the northern and southern parts of Rotterdam. The suspension bridge has a 139-metre high steel pylon, which is secured with 40 cables. The shape of the pylon gave the bridge its nickname, The Swan. The Erasmus Bridge is the icon of Rotterdam.
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Erasmusbrug
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The 800-metre long Erasmus Bridge spans the Maas River and links the northern and southern parts of Rotterdam. The suspension bridge has a 139-metre high steel pylon, which is secured with 40 cables. The shape of the pylon gave the bridge its nickname, The Swan. The Erasmus Bridge is the icon of Rotterdam.
The Euromast observation tower, designed by Rotterdam architect H.A. Maaskant, was constructed in 1960 to mark the second Floriade gardening extravaganza which was being held in Rotterdam. At the time, the Euromast was 100 metres high. In 1970, the Space Tower was added, raising the tower to a height of no less than 185 metres. This made the Euromast the highest watchtower in the Netherlands. The Euromast lift takes just 30 seconds to whisk visitors to a height of 100 metres, where there is an observation deck and brasserie restaurant. There is a 360 view over Rotterdam and its surroundings. The Euroscope revolving lift takes people to a height of 185 metres.
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Euromast
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The Euromast observation tower, designed by Rotterdam architect H.A. Maaskant, was constructed in 1960 to mark the second Floriade gardening extravaganza which was being held in Rotterdam. At the time, the Euromast was 100 metres high. In 1970, the Space Tower was added, raising the tower to a height of no less than 185 metres. This made the Euromast the highest watchtower in the Netherlands. The Euromast lift takes just 30 seconds to whisk visitors to a height of 100 metres, where there is an observation deck and brasserie restaurant. There is a 360 view over Rotterdam and its surroundings. The Euroscope revolving lift takes people to a height of 185 metres.
This picturesque yacht marina is one of the few parts of the old city that survived the 1940 bombardment of Rotterdam. It has had a remarkable history, both as the departure point from which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed for America and the birthplace of prominent Dutch maritime hero Piet Hein. Delfshaven locals once earned their living by fishing for herring and distilling gin. The historic canal houses now hold cosy shops selling antiques and bric-a-brac, as well as lovely cafés and restaurants like brewery De Pelgrim and café De Oude Sluis (with waterside patio dining). You’ll also find one of the city’s finest restaurants here, ’t Ouwe Bruggetje, with its outdoor seating right on the water
Voorhaven Delfshaven
This picturesque yacht marina is one of the few parts of the old city that survived the 1940 bombardment of Rotterdam. It has had a remarkable history, both as the departure point from which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed for America and the birthplace of prominent Dutch maritime hero Piet Hein. Delfshaven locals once earned their living by fishing for herring and distilling gin. The historic canal houses now hold cosy shops selling antiques and bric-a-brac, as well as lovely cafés and restaurants like brewery De Pelgrim and café De Oude Sluis (with waterside patio dining). You’ll also find one of the city’s finest restaurants here, ’t Ouwe Bruggetje, with its outdoor seating right on the water
Hotel New York opened its doors in 1993. The building on the banks of the River Maas was formerly the Holland America Line head office. It dates from 1917 and is typical of the period. The building s air of nostalgia brings to mind the drama of Dutch immigrants setting sail from here to seek a new life in North America.
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Hotel New York
1 Koninginnenhoofd
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Hotel New York opened its doors in 1993. The building on the banks of the River Maas was formerly the Holland America Line head office. It dates from 1917 and is typical of the period. The building s air of nostalgia brings to mind the drama of Dutch immigrants setting sail from here to seek a new life in North America.
The Cube Houses (or Pole Houses or Tree Houses) designed by architect Piet Blom are part of the Blaakse Bos development which borders on the Laurenskwartier district and the Waterfront area. The Kijk-Kubus (Show-Cube) is a furnished museum house, specially designed and constructed to let the visitor experience what life is like in a Cube House.
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Cube Houses
3011 Overblaak
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The Cube Houses (or Pole Houses or Tree Houses) designed by architect Piet Blom are part of the Blaakse Bos development which borders on the Laurenskwartier district and the Waterfront area. The Kijk-Kubus (Show-Cube) is a furnished museum house, specially designed and constructed to let the visitor experience what life is like in a Cube House.
The Steamship Rotterdam is the biggest ocean-going steamer ever built in the Netherlands. As the former flagship of the Holland-America Line, this cruise liner has sailed many of the world’s seas since 1959. The ship is now moored permanently in the Maashaven in Rotterdam, by Katendrecht. The ship’s history is palpable at every turn once you come aboard. The 1950s interior and the many artworks were restored to the closest possible approximation of their former glory between 2005-2008
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ss Rotterdam
25 3e Katendrechtse Hoofd
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The Steamship Rotterdam is the biggest ocean-going steamer ever built in the Netherlands. As the former flagship of the Holland-America Line, this cruise liner has sailed many of the world’s seas since 1959. The ship is now moored permanently in the Maashaven in Rotterdam, by Katendrecht. The ship’s history is palpable at every turn once you come aboard. The 1950s interior and the many artworks were restored to the closest possible approximation of their former glory between 2005-2008
A 390-metre-long wooden pedestrian bridge in the city centre links the Schieblock, a creative meeting place, with Station Hofplein, the former station building that is now home to a number of restaurants, shops and a jazz club. The Luchtsingel is just a 2 minute walk away from the apartment.
Luchtsingel Bridge
A 390-metre-long wooden pedestrian bridge in the city centre links the Schieblock, a creative meeting place, with Station Hofplein, the former station building that is now home to a number of restaurants, shops and a jazz club. The Luchtsingel is just a 2 minute walk away from the apartment.
Parks & Nature
The Kralingse Bos is a wooded park that surrounds the Kralingse Park lake. The park is popular with joggers and inline skaters. On and around the lake, you can sail, swim, or just relax in the sun beside your barbecue.
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Kralingse Bos
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The Kralingse Bos is a wooded park that surrounds the Kralingse Park lake. The park is popular with joggers and inline skaters. On and around the lake, you can sail, swim, or just relax in the sun beside your barbecue.
Rotterdam Zoo is situated in the district of Blijdorp in Rotterdam Noord. Stroll across the African Savannah and stand face-to-face with the giraffes. Visit Bokito the gorilla and his family. Walk on the seabed in the indoor Oceanarium and meet stingrays and sharks. Stroll through the largest butterfly paradise of Europe: Amazonica, filled with fragrant flowers, thousands of South American butterflies, anacondas and piranhas that love to bite.
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Blijdorp
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Rotterdam Zoo is situated in the district of Blijdorp in Rotterdam Noord. Stroll across the African Savannah and stand face-to-face with the giraffes. Visit Bokito the gorilla and his family. Walk on the seabed in the indoor Oceanarium and meet stingrays and sharks. Stroll through the largest butterfly paradise of Europe: Amazonica, filled with fragrant flowers, thousands of South American butterflies, anacondas and piranhas that love to bite.
Getting Around
Rotterdam Central Station is also known as the international gateway to Rotterdam. Nearly 110,000 travellers pass through Central Station every day to catch a bus, tram, metro or train. Intercity trains from all across the country (including the Intercity Direct), the Thalys to Paris, and other international high-speed trains stop here several times a day, some even several times an hour. Central Station has had a total makeover in recent years, making the station one of the most iconic architectural features in Rotterdam. The roof over the tracks is partly covered in solar panels, continuing uninterrupted into the angled roof over the station hall. Its point aims towards the city centre.
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Rotterdam
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Rotterdam Central Station is also known as the international gateway to Rotterdam. Nearly 110,000 travellers pass through Central Station every day to catch a bus, tram, metro or train. Intercity trains from all across the country (including the Intercity Direct), the Thalys to Paris, and other international high-speed trains stop here several times a day, some even several times an hour. Central Station has had a total makeover in recent years, making the station one of the most iconic architectural features in Rotterdam. The roof over the tracks is partly covered in solar panels, continuing uninterrupted into the angled roof over the station hall. Its point aims towards the city centre.
Arts & Culture
In Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Museum of Architecture, Design and Digital Culture shows temporary exhibitions with a recurring theme of innovation. In other words: the museum examines the designed world and how it is constantly being changed by new technologies, new ideas and shifting social priorities. The presentation, Surprising Finds from the Collection, can also be viewed. Its exhibits are regularly changed and include extraordinary drawings, photographs, objects and models from the extensive archives of Het Nieuwe Instituut.
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Het Nieuwe Instituut
25 Museumpark
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In Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Museum of Architecture, Design and Digital Culture shows temporary exhibitions with a recurring theme of innovation. In other words: the museum examines the designed world and how it is constantly being changed by new technologies, new ideas and shifting social priorities. The presentation, Surprising Finds from the Collection, can also be viewed. Its exhibits are regularly changed and include extraordinary drawings, photographs, objects and models from the extensive archives of Het Nieuwe Instituut.
The Sonneveld House stands adjacent to Het Nieuwe Instituut on the corner of Jongkindstraat and Rochussenstraat in Rotterdam. Built in the early nineteen thirties, it is one of the best-preserved houses in the Nieuwe Bouwen style, the Dutch branch of the International School of Modernism. It was designed by the architecture firm of Brinkman & Van der Vlugt, also known for the Van Nelle Factory and Feyenoord Stadium. As a visitor, you can see for yourself what it was like to live in a hypermodern home in 1933. Audio tour and special children’s audio tour available. Groups are welcome up to 15 persons.
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Sonneveld House
12 Jongkindstraat
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The Sonneveld House stands adjacent to Het Nieuwe Instituut on the corner of Jongkindstraat and Rochussenstraat in Rotterdam. Built in the early nineteen thirties, it is one of the best-preserved houses in the Nieuwe Bouwen style, the Dutch branch of the International School of Modernism. It was designed by the architecture firm of Brinkman & Van der Vlugt, also known for the Van Nelle Factory and Feyenoord Stadium. As a visitor, you can see for yourself what it was like to live in a hypermodern home in 1933. Audio tour and special children’s audio tour available. Groups are welcome up to 15 persons.
Kunsthal Rotterdam is housed in a striking building designed by Rotterdam s OMA/Rem Koolhaas architectural practice and was opened in 1992. Since then, the Kunsthal has put culture in the widest sense of the word on show, from elitist to popular. There are always a number of exhibitions to see, both large and small-scale, from old masters to contemporary art, from innovative design to engaging photography.
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Kunsthal Rotterdam
341 Westzeedijk
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Kunsthal Rotterdam is housed in a striking building designed by Rotterdam s OMA/Rem Koolhaas architectural practice and was opened in 1992. Since then, the Kunsthal has put culture in the widest sense of the word on show, from elitist to popular. There are always a number of exhibitions to see, both large and small-scale, from old masters to contemporary art, from innovative design to engaging photography.
The Rotterdam Maritime Museum brings the seafaring world of the past, present and the future to life. As well as its permanent collection, there are special exhibitions, events and guided tours on offer. The history of the Netherlands is covered with special attention being paid to the role of Rotterdam as a world port. The building is situated in the Netherlands’ oldest and largest open-air harbour museum and historic ships and cranes allow you to experience how Rotterdam’s world port began on this very spo
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Maritime Museum
1 Leuvehaven
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The Rotterdam Maritime Museum brings the seafaring world of the past, present and the future to life. As well as its permanent collection, there are special exhibitions, events and guided tours on offer. The history of the Netherlands is covered with special attention being paid to the role of Rotterdam as a world port. The building is situated in the Netherlands’ oldest and largest open-air harbour museum and historic ships and cranes allow you to experience how Rotterdam’s world port began on this very spo
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands. Its collection is built on the legacy of jurist Frans Jacob Otto Boijmans, who left his personal collection to the city of Rotterdam in 1849. In 1958, the name of benefactor Daniël George van Beuningen was added to the museum after the acquisition of his collection
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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
18 Museumpark
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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands. Its collection is built on the legacy of jurist Frans Jacob Otto Boijmans, who left his personal collection to the city of Rotterdam in 1849. In 1958, the name of benefactor Daniël George van Beuningen was added to the museum after the acquisition of his collection
Museum Rotterdam is about the city and its people. It presents Rotterdam as it was, is, and will be. Since 2016, Museum Rotterdam’s home has been the Timmerhuis, a spectacular transparent cloud of glass designed by Rem Koolhaas just behind City Hall. Three exhibitions tell the story of the city in the pieces of the Museum collection as well as the words of the city’s own people.
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Museum Rotterdam
26 Rodezand
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Museum Rotterdam is about the city and its people. It presents Rotterdam as it was, is, and will be. Since 2016, Museum Rotterdam’s home has been the Timmerhuis, a spectacular transparent cloud of glass designed by Rem Koolhaas just behind City Hall. Three exhibitions tell the story of the city in the pieces of the Museum collection as well as the words of the city’s own people.
Since the late 1980s, the Nederlands Fotomuseum (Dutch Photography Museum) has been home to much of the country’s photographic heritage. The museum also hosts international photography exhibitions, with a strong focus on innovation in the documentary tradition. Some are on a specific social or artistic theme, while others showcase a leading international photographer.
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Dutch Photo Museum
332 Wilhelminakade
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Since the late 1980s, the Nederlands Fotomuseum (Dutch Photography Museum) has been home to much of the country’s photographic heritage. The museum also hosts international photography exhibitions, with a strong focus on innovation in the documentary tradition. Some are on a specific social or artistic theme, while others showcase a leading international photographer.
The Natural History Museum of Rotterdam is situated within Villa Dijkzigt, a national monument built in 1852. In 1995, the museum was extended with a modern glass pavilion. With a collection of more than 400,000 objects, varying from dried plants to fossilised mammoth remains, the museum is one of the largest natural history museums in the Netherlands.
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Natural History Museum Rotterdam
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The Natural History Museum of Rotterdam is situated within Villa Dijkzigt, a national monument built in 1852. In 1995, the museum was extended with a modern glass pavilion. With a collection of more than 400,000 objects, varying from dried plants to fossilised mammoth remains, the museum is one of the largest natural history museums in the Netherlands.
Drinks & Nightlife
The Witte de Withkwartier is the vibrant heart of the Rotterdam art scene and is known for its dynamic nightlife. Sometimes referred to as Rotterdam’s ‘Axis of Art’, the Witte de Withstraat runs from Museumpark to the Maritime Museum and is lined in various cultural institutions.
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Witte de Withstraat
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The Witte de Withkwartier is the vibrant heart of the Rotterdam art scene and is known for its dynamic nightlife. Sometimes referred to as Rotterdam’s ‘Axis of Art’, the Witte de Withstraat runs from Museumpark to the Maritime Museum and is lined in various cultural institutions.