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.
Originally founded in 1842 in order to display Dordrecht-themed art, Dordrechts Museum now houses art unrelated to Dordrechts and contemporary art in addition to Dordrechts-themed pieces. The former site of an orphanage and psychiatric institution, the museum boasts a beautiful garden, with sycamore, beach and chestnut trees. Its exhibitions include paintings, drawings, prints, photos, sculptures and ceramics.
A visit to the Bibelot in Dordrecht is a must for every contemporary music fans. Almost every evening, this electrifying venue's stage hosts not just local artists and bands but also various international performers on tour. Some of the most stellar pop, alternative rock, blues, country, metal, jazz and reggae concerts are held at this amazing venue which has a capacity to host almost 550 spectators at a time. And the venue's love for music doesn't end here as it experiments with relatively modern forms of electronic dance music. Apart from concerts, the venue is also host to drama, dance and comedy shows from time to time. Visit their website to know more.
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.
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.
Witte Kerkje Terheijden, popularly known as the White Church, is an important religious building that doubles up a cultural center in Terheijden. Used by the local Protestant Community for daily mass and weekly church services, the facility is also given out for wedding processions, art exhibitions and cultural concerts. The origins of this picturesque church dates back to the early 19th century, when it was under the rule of King Louis Napoleon.
The Archipelbuurt is also known as the Indische Buurt or Indian quarter, both for its streets named for places in the bygone Dutch colonial empire and its ethnically diverse population. The architecture is charming with an emphasis on neo-renaissance accents and stately tiered residences. The Archipelbuurt was the home to many of The Hague's most famous natives and residents, both during The Hague's history as the magnet for colonial officials and merchant families, and its more recent history. It is in some ways considered a neighborhood symbolic of the city itself, like Greenwich Village in New York or the Left Bank in Paris, and it contains several landmarks like the 19th Century Peace Chapel and the oldest Jewish Cemetery in the province.