Markthal is the first covered market and a prominent landmark of the Netherlands. The market building is created on the designs by reputed architecture firm MVRDV. It features an extensive fresh food market, restaurants, and supermarket on the ground floor covered with an arched ceiling. The colorful interior and impressive glass arches are awe-inspiring. Guided tours of this notable sight are available for the visitors.
The majestic Erasmus Bridge is a triumphant feat of engineering, designed by Amsterdam born architect Ben van Berkel. The bridge stretches across the half-mile span of the River Nieuwe Maas, linking the city center to the Kop van Zuid. A single asymmetrical pylon reaches for the sky, anchoring the bridge with the help of 40 steel cables, its graceful arch the origin of its nickname, "the Swan". This contemporary landmark is typical of Rotterdam: modern, high, innovative and most of all practical, carrying both vehicular and pedestrian traffic across the river.
For contemporary art enthusiasts and critics, the Kunsthal organizes nearly 25 exhibitions each year that showcase talent from all over the globe. Traveling collections of all styles and ages make a regular stop at this expansive venue and fuel events for art groups and societies here in the city of Rotterdam. Open all week long, this art museum is a must-stop for all art lovers heading to the city.
One of the most comprehensive museums in the Netherlands, The World Museum in Rotterdam has over 2,000 artifacts on display from regions around the world including Oceania, Asia, Africa, America and Islamic countries. Unique to the museum is its spiritual theme as the artifacts narrate the rituals of diverse cultures. Several other exhibitions are on display on a rolling basis. Group and individual tours are available. The historic building also houses a bar, restaurant, lounge, ballroom and theater.
The Euromast, designed by notable modern Dutch architect Hugh Maaskant, was for decades the highest point in The Netherlands. At 606 feet high (9184.6 meters), the Euromast remains an impressive sight as it towers over the city. The observation tower offers a glimpse of space-age architecture to visiting tourists along with a host of fun activities for those who like their sightseeing with a dose of adrenaline-pumping adventure. The Euroscoop, a spinning glass elevator takes visitors to the top, promising a view that stretches as far as the eye can see. The viewing platform at 100 meters above the air affords 360-degree views of Rotterdam along with guided tours for those looking for a more engaging experience. Abseiling and zip-lining from one of the tallest buildings in the city is a unique urban adventure while those opting for a more relaxed trip can dine at the brasserie complete with panoramic sights. Nighttime views are especially mesmerizing as the city glitters beneath.
Located in Rotterdam North, the Blijdorp Zoo is one of the best zoos in the Netherlands. This zoo is divided into world sections. In the African section, there is a heated undercover gorilla island where you can enjoy looking at these massive primates. In the Asian section, you'll find a replica Malayan Forest with many animals typically found in this part of the world. The pachyderms' (elephant) home is the beautiful undercover garden Taman Indah. You can also take a trip underwater to the new Oceanium. The 82-foot shark tunnel and the colorful coral reef are two of the attractions most loved by the public.
Every Episcopal Church has its own distinct identity in terms of belief in the faith. What started in the early 1630s as a congregation of the English and the French protestants, the St. Mary's Episcopal Church has transformed itself into a well recognized denomination over the years. It was formed to minister to the local English community in Rotterdam. Regular prayer services are held on Sundays followed by talks, lectures and classes. The church organizes different events during the year, the most popular of which is the British Christmas Bazaar, held in the month of November. Rental facilities are available as well, details of which are put up on the church notice board. For more information, do check the website.
A package of entertainment is what best summarizes the Catwalk Club. Located in the heart of the city, this attractive location is the cultural hub with a host of live performances and music shows to its credit. Just the ideal cultural club with the right blend of music and atmosphere.
The Hoftoren, completed in 2003, has since become a familiar feature of The Hague's skyline. At 142 meters (466 feet) and 30 stories in height, it is the fourth tallest building in the Netherlands and its structure is reminiscent of sails filled with wind or a cresting wave. The building houses the Dutch minsitry of Education, Culture and Science and stands adjacent to the Haagse Bos and the Malieveld, The Hague's traditional venue for outdoor amusements and fairs.
Bibliotheca Thysiana contained the collection of Johannes Thysius, a famous lawyer of the 17th Century. He died early, leaving behind some money for the construction of a library. Thus, the Bibliotheca Thysiana was converted into a public library with over 2500 books and manuscripts pertaining to the sciences. It is a brilliant piece of architecture by Arent van ‘s-Gravensande and is listed among the top heritage sites of the country.
Built in the 18th century, Kneuterdijk Palace follows the French architectural influence of Louis XIV. The palace, which is a magnificent structure with tall windows, fine carvings and gabled roofs, was used by the King William II who stayed here along with Queen Anna Paulowna before he became king. The nationally recognized heritage site has since been used as a place for trial for World War II war criminals of Netherlands, the base for the Finance Ministry and finally, after its renovation, as the base for the State Council of Netherlands.
Hazelaarweg Stadion is a huge stadium with a capacity of around 10,000 spectators in the stands. It hosts local and international hockey championships. It is quite popular with the locals, hence, bagging tickets to a game is rarely easy. It is manged by HC Rotterdam, a well known hockey-club of the country.