Rotterdam is a city in The Netherlands which is located in the EU and Schengen community. Rotterdam offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Euromast (and view of the city)
- Cube houses
- Erasmusbrug Bridge
- De Rotterdam (and view of the city)
- Rotterdam Zoo and Rotterdam Oceanium
- The White House
- Netherlands photo museum and various other museums
- Mini World, Rotterdam
You’ll find that hotels in Rotterdam are very good value.
The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in the whole of Europe and used to be the worlds busiest port from 1962 to 2004. On Wilhelmina Pier there is a famous hotel called Hotel New York which used to be the headquarters of Holland and America line (above between the 2 skyscapers). This is where emigrants left Europe to America for a better life back in the day. Nowadays it seems that The Netherlands offers a better way of life than America. You’ll find the Netherlands Photo Museum close to the Hotel New York, it’s worth checking out which exhibit is showing before going.
Connecting Rotterdam to Wilhelminapier is the Erasmusbrug Bridge which is a landmark in itself. On a clear day I’d recommend crossing the bridge on foot, on a day like the one pictured above when you can barely see the bridge I’d recommend taking the Rotterdam Metro over.
For views of the city you must ascend the Euromast (above). I must confess I did not take the trip up to the top of the Euromast as on the day I visited, the Euromast itself was hardly visible never mind the views from up there! I do recommend a walk out to Euromast as you will see lots of the port and boats passing through it.
An alternative point to view a panoramic of the city is from the largest building in Europe, De Rotterdam which is located on Wilhelmina Pier. You can visit the bar at the nHow hotel which is part of the huge De Rotterdam complex.
Like it’s neighbor Belgium, the foods of choice are waffles or chips (fries). I recommend that you try the chips at the stall on the main shopping street of Rotterdam at least once (above). There are not many countries where you can enjoy such delicious local food such as the waffles knowing once you go home, there will be no more. The question is, with all this unhealthy food, how do these guys not have an obesity probably? Most people travel by push bike, even during times of bad weather, you’ll see lots of people traveling by bike.
From the center of Rotterdam (above) you can walk to the famous landmarks including the Cube House, White House, Laurenskerk, World Trade Center, museums, bars and restaurants. For those who don’t feel guilty about eating lots of chips and waffles and don’t want to walk there is also splash tour. The splash tour is a typical bus tour but the bus transforms into a boat and becomes a riverboat cruise, it’s like something from a James Bond movie!
There are lots of rivers and canals in Rotterdam as I mentioned it’s the biggest cruise port in Europe. Rotterdam is well connected by train and bus and they make use of the water ways too. There are regular water buses leaving to nearby towns and you’ll find water bus stops to catch the water bus from. There is a UNESCO world heritage site called Kinderdijk located a water bus ride away from Rotterdam so I decided to take the water bus leaving from Rotterdam, Veer Erasmusbrug. The water bus was not direct but the change was easy as people are very friendly, speak English and want to help you.
Kinderdijk is a UNESCO world heritage site full of what everybody wants to see in The Netherlands, windmills. There are a total of 19 working windmills from the 18th century at Kinderdijk. At the site you are free to walk around photographing the windmills. If you are really interested in how they work you can take a tour of a windmill too. You can also take a boat ride but it’s not really necessary as it’s a short distance. Because much of the Netherlands is below sea level these windmills are necessary to manage the water levels and prevent flooding. I would recommend visiting here on a clear day (if possible) for sunset, the photos would be so colourful and if the water was still there would be a beautiful reflection. As you can see the day I went, I had terrible weather!
I took a direct bus back to Rotterdam from the bus stop at Kinderdijk which cost €4.
The Rotterdam metro takes you all the way to The Hague (Den Haag). The cost is €2,90 for a single ticket which is will take you all the way to The Hague central station. The trains for The Hague pass every 10 minutes so are very convenient.