Awe-inspiring Rotterdam

We visited Rotterdam on a day trip out of Amsterdam Centraal and it was ~50 min by train. From the moment you get out of the Rotterdam Central Station and you start looking around you get impressed with their modern skyscrapers and futuristic architecture.

 

It’s difficult to imagine that this place was almost completely destroyed during the World War II in an aerial bombing known as Rotterdam Blitz in May 1940. After the bombing and fire, they decided to demolish the city center and rebuild it, taking the opportunity to redress the problems they faced before and change to more modern architecture.
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The Sint-Laurenskerk (St. Lawrence church) stands out as the only remaining building after the bombing, now restored.

The initial plan was to also demolish the remains of Sint-Laurenskerk, but it was stopped by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. This building was built in the years of 1449-1525 and its the only medieval architecture in the city.

Rotterdam has become a site of innovations, rich natural environment and the largest port in Europe! Below I’m sharing the recap of my trip!

Erasmusbrug (Erasmus Bridge) is a combined cable-stayed and bascule bridge connecting the north and south parts of this city, second largest in the Netherlands and due to its shape it is called “The Swan”. It has featured in some events: the 1998 Jackie Chan film Who Am I? in 2005, several planes flew underneath the bridge as part of the “Red Bull Air Race“, also the Tiësto@TheBridge concert, to mention some.

Euromast is a major tourist attraction, the price is 9.75 and you get the ticket to the top, exceptional view!

The Markthal is a residential and office building with a market in the middle. The ceiling and walls are decorated with artwork showing enlarged fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers, and insects plus markets always have interesting things to taste 😛

Home of the Feyenoord’s football stadium De Kuip, one of the most successful clubs in the Netherlands and archrival of Ajax from Amsterdam, people refer to their matches as De Klassieker (“The Classic”).

Below some interesting buildings, description of each picture in the caption.

Below some curious ships, description of each picture in the caption.

For a future trip to Rotterdam, we would like to visit the Diergaarde Blijdorp, one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlands plus the sea aquarium called the Oceanium, which is in the same location.

So, yes, Rotterdam is a city that I want to go back to, it has an impressive view of modern architecture, skyscrapers, art, and museums (that we didn’t explore in this occasion) nature and other unique stuff.

A popular saying by Rotterdammers:

“Money is earned in Rotterdam, distributed in The Hague and spent in Amsterdam”

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