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.
Stadhuis (City Hall) is a stately building from the 20th Century. Built between 1914 through 1920 by Dutch architect, Henri Evers, this heritage listed building has various architectural influences in its styling. These include Art Deco, Byzantine and Roman in Beaux Art style of design. If you are into architecture, then this structure should not be missed. Its ornate facade with sculptures, inner courtyard and citizen's hall are indeed worth a look.
One of the trendiest and the most happening streets in the city, Meent is a great place to spend time mingling with the locals, splurging on designer goods or relaxing with friends or family at a hip restaurant. If you are wondering where to go, then know that Shoe Club, Pub Haagsebluf and La Bourse are just some of the stores and hangout spots that can be found on this street. With so many destinations to visit, Meent is the place to be for a laidback evening out.
Located in the heart of the city, Beurstraverse is the favorite hub of shopaholics. Boasting of a myriad shopping destinations from local stores to department stores like Beehive, Fossil and C & A, the vibrant street is a must-visit. From clothing and shoes to accessories and watches, the street is where you can find it all. If the numerous stores are not enough, there is also an expansive shopping mall located here. If you are in the mood to catch a glimpse of the local culture, mingle with locals or other tourists or simply shop till you drop, then Beurstraverse is where you should be headed.
Designed by Hendrick de Keyser, the Desiderius Erasmus Standbeeld is a well-known landmark in the city. The statue of Erasmus Desiderius, a scholar, seemingly reading a book was one of the first of its kind in the country. It is also one of the oldest brass sculptures in the Netherlands. Built in 1622, with the statue having changed several locations over the years, the Desiderius Erasmus Standbeeld is definitely worth a quick visit during your time in the city.
Encompassed by the iconic buildings of Rotterdam's Centrum, the symbolic monument overlooks the old town hall. The monument is essentially a war memorial that honors the sacrifices of the victims of the Second World War. Designed by renowned architect, Mari Andriessen, the sculpture depicts two men, a woman, and a child interacting with one another. One of the two men is shown holding on to a shovel which represents the process of post-war reconstruction. The plinth that supports the structure has the words ' Stronger Through Struggle' inscribed onto it.
Reaching upto a height of 101 metres (331 feet), and covering an area of 18,300 square meters (197,000 sq feet), the Schielandtoren is a multi storey residential tower. Designed by Pi de Bruijn, and built in 1996, the building comprises of 32 floors, developed by Multi Vastgoed. Concrete walls and the peculiar facade comprising of red and brown bricks instead of the usual glass and metal facade of surrounding buildings is what makes Schielandtoren stand apart. If you are in the neighborhood, then certainly spare some time to catch a glimpse of Schielandtoren.