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 harbor.
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 can be visited by the public.
At 100 metres level there is a Crow’s nest-shaped structure, with a brasserie where you can have a meal, high tea or high wine.
High wine is the alcoholic equivalent of high tea- you are served a selection of 3 different wines, each with snacks.
What can be more romantic than enjoying posh snacks and a glass of wine whilst watching the sun set or simply looking over the lights of the city by night?
You can stay the night in the small hotel located in the Euromast Tower Hotel.
The Crow’s nest is not the highest part of the tower.
There is a glass lift that revolves slowly to bring you to a height of 185 meters.
The view on the top is absolutely 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 mini big screen and a laser show.
A Miniworld day lasts 24 minutes, so every half hour the mini world turns from day into night and vice versa.
Rotterdam is famous for being the biggest port of Europe.
It can accommodate the largest ships in the world due to a wide and deep man-made canal.
Unlike many other Dutch cities it has not got many of the typical historic Dutch buildings on either side of the canals.
This is a result of its strategic importance.
At the start of the 2nd World War the city centre was bombed and completely destroyed.
Only 3 buildings survived this disastrous 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 completely rebuilt resulting in it becoming a super modern world city.
It would not be a Dutch city without having many waterways and canals on which you can take a great variety of boat trips.
You can go on the “Spido” a modern glass top boat that sails on the river Maas and see the amazing 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, which is 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 center
In the center of the town you find a great five star hotel, Mainport Design Hotel.
It has one of the best guest reviews in town.
Over a 9 score out of 10 highest possible.