Rotterdam in The Netherlands
Discover its Attractions and Festivals
Rotterdam is a modern city that deserves its nickname, “Manhattan on the Maas”.
It is a fantastic city for both shopping and going out.
It has many trendy bars and cafés and its own China Town.
A striking example is the cubic houses, designed by Piet Blom, near the old harbour.
Each cubic house has three floors.
The kitchen and living room are on the first floor, the bedrooms on the second, and a conservatory-like structure on the 3rth floor.
Due to their odd shape, these houses are not the easiest to furnish, but that is a price well worth paying to live in such a unique building.
One of the houses is open for tourists to visit.
The highest building in Rotterdam is “de Euromast”.
This is a tower measuring 185 meters that the public can visit.
At 100 metres level, there is a Crow’s nest-shaped structure, with a brasserie where you can have a meal, high tea or wine.
High wine is the alcoholic equivalent of high tea- you are served a selection of 3 wines, each with snacks.
What can be more romantic than enjoying posh snacks and a glass of wine whilst watching the sunset or simply looking over the city’s lights by night?
The Crow’s nest is not the highest part of the tower.
A glass lift revolves slowly to bring you to a height of 185 meters.
The view from the top is breathtaking.
Miniworld is a miniature world depicting life in the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg).
There is about 50m² of meticulously copied landscapes, windmills and urban areas, with the cities and towns being connected by train, bus and boat links, most of which are mechanical.
There is even a miniature pop concert in the Mini Ahoy Hall with music on a big mini screen and a laser show.
A Miniworld day lasts 24 minutes, so the mini world turns from day to night every half hour and vice versa.
Rotterdam is famous for being the biggest port in Europe.
Its broad and deep canal can accommodate the most significant ships worldwide.
Unlike many other Dutch cities, it has few typical historic Dutch buildings on either side of the canals.
This is a result of its strategic importance.
The city centre was bombed and destroyed at the start of the 2nd World War.
Only three buildings survived this fateful day in May 1940 ( The Town Hall, The Laurens Church and “Het Schielandhuis”, which nowadays houses the historical museum).
The City Centre had to be rebuilt entirely, becoming a super modern world city.
It would not be a Dutch city without many waterways and canals on which you can take many boat trips.
You can go on a boat that sails on the river Maas and see the fantastic architecture, visit Rotterdam harbour or sail to “Kinderdijk”.
Kinderdijk is a stretch of canals with 19 original windmills.
You can also cruise the canals of Rotterdam on the pancake boat, a restaurant where you can eat as many pancakes as you wish during the tour.
You can find all kinds of properties in Rotterdam, apartment hotels, one-star up to luxury five-star hotels.
A good five-star hotels
in Rotterdam town centre
In the centre of the town, you will find a tremendous five-star hotel, Mainport Design Hotel.
It has one of the best guest reviews in town.
Over a nine score out of 10 highest possible.