Netherlands
Rotterdam

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  • Day165

    Day 166: To Rotterdam

    July 30, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Finally time to check out of our nice houseboat, and head south-west away from Amsterdam. Our host gave us a lift to the station (fantastic, since I wasn't looking forward to a 30 minute walk lugging our bags), and we caught our train direct to Rotterdam with no issues.

    Rotterdam is in many ways the polar opposite of Amsterdam. It's the busiest port city in Europe, and where Amsterdam is touristy and still very rich and monocultural, Rotterdam is none of those things. Not touristy, not that rich, and very very multicultural. Lots of people from all over the world here living side-by-side. Rotterdam doesn't have the greatest reputation, and in the past I think it was well deserved, but the city seems to have changed a lot these days.

    Arrived at the central station around 11am, and since we couldn't check in to our hotel until mid-afternoon, we dropped our bags in a luggage locker and headed for our main spot for the day. This was of course a World Heritage site, the Van Nelle factory on the western edge of the city. Caught a bus out there with no dramas, and arrived in plenty of time for the 12pm tour I had a ticket for. Since we had Schnitzel with us, we'd agreed that I would go in on the tour, and that Shandos would wait outside with him.

    The factory is a large modern building, built in the late 1920s with that classic optimistic style of the period. White walls, steel fringes and lots of glass meant that the workers had a nice environment, rather than the gloomy brown-brick factories of the 19th century. It was very impressive, and the tour was quite good. Lots of photos and filming of course! Although the factory was originally set up to process coffee, tea and tobacco, these days it's home to many design companies, marketing companies, architecture firms and the like. Lucky them.

    Back on the bus to the main central station where it was now 2pm and fast approaching check-in time. Had a bit of drama since we'd both thrown out our train tickets, and couldn't get back into the station to retrieve our bags. Managed to talk a security man into letting us in - there is a large security presence here apparently because of drug dealers and stuff. Hopped on the underground a few stops to our hotel and checked in.

    Nice spot on the waterfront, seven floors up and with a view over the main river and some nearby canals. Very unusual to be staying in a hotel, first time since Paris!

    Headed out for a walk since I was absolutely starving by now, only having had two pieces of toast since 8am! Walked into the Cool District nearby (yes, it's called the Cool District) where there's a lot of outdoor restaurants and nice venues to check out. Eventually settled on a burger place where the food was excellent - apparently among the best burgers in the Netherlands!

    Sufficiently refuelled, we wandered a few more blocks around the area, before grabbing some small snacks for dinner and breakfast and then headed back to the hotel where we spent the rest of the day/evening.
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  • Day66

    Day 66 - Brakel to Rotterdam, 37 miles

    June 20, 2016 in the Netherlands

    So the good weather was short lived as today was pretty much non stop rain. After starting in drizzle to soon changed to heavy rain and was just a case of getting to Rotterdam. I could have taken a more scenic route but the shortest possible was option for the day with a large section alongside a motorway into Rotterdam being most direct.

    My hostel (King Kong Hostel) located on the very cool Witte de Withstraat street in Rotterdam was a very welcome site and a beer and coffee was quickly ordered. Really nice area where the locals drink and had a real East London feel. Good evening and less said about the England game the better!Read more

  • Day6

    Rotterdam

    February 23, 2017 in the Netherlands

    In Rotterdam sagen wir dann über Nacht - und den folgenden Tag auch noch. Schön, dass man hier vom Schiff sehr schnell in die Stadt kommt.
    Den Hinweg haben wir noch den Shuttlebus genutzt, kamen aber schnell zu der Einsicht, dass wir zurück auch laufen können. Nachdem wir die tolle große Markthalle und die Innenstadt gesehen haben machten wir uns zu Fuß zurück über die wohl größte und schönste Brücke der Stadt - nur leider ohne unsere Rechnung mit Petrus zu machen, denn es stürmte wie verrückt...

    Am Abend war das Hellau auf dem Programm - Karneval auf der AIDA Prima und Miri gewann quasi den Preis für das schönste Kostüm... und landete wieder im TV
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  • Day15

    Zierikzee

    September 16 in the Netherlands

    Zierikzee war seit dem frühen Mittelalter eine reiche Handelsstadt. Ihr Wohlstand führte zum Bau eines wunderschönen Hafens, eines Rathauses, Mühlen, einer Kirche sowie Stadtmauern und –toren. Heutzutage zieht Zierikzee viele Tagesbesucher an, die an der glorreichen Vergangenheit und den weit über 500 historischen Bauwerken interessiert sind.

  • Day17

    Euromast in Rotterdam

    September 18 in the Netherlands

    Der Euromast ist ein vom niederländischen Architekten Huig Maaskant entworfener und von 1958 bis 1960 errichteter Aussichtsturm in Rotterdam. Er wurde anlässlich der Floriade 1960 gebaut. Ursprünglich war der Euromast nur 101 Meter hoch. In den 30 Zentimeter dicken Wänden wurden rund 5.800 Tonnen Beton verbaut.

    1970 wurde der Euromast durch Aufsetzen eines Mastes (sogenannter „Space Tower“) auf seine jetzige Gesamthöhe von 185 Metern verlängert. An diesem Mast schraubt sich eine rotierende Gondel hoch, die rundum verglast ist („Euroscoop“). Bei klarem Wetter beträgt die Sichtweite bis zu 30 Kilometer.

    Auf etwa 100 Metern Höhe befindet sich eine Stahlkonstruktion, das sogenannte „Krähennest“. Dort kann das Panorama-Restaurant besucht werden, und seit 2004 stehen in dieser Höhe zusätzlich zwei Hotelsuiten für Übernachtungen zur Verfügung.
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  • Day17

    Deelvshaven

    September 18 in the Netherlands

    Delfshaven ist ein historischer Hafen und eine der ältesten Bezirke in Rotterdam. Diese Quartier wurde anscheinend im Krieg nicht gänzlich zerstört und so kann man doch noch etwas Altstadt-Flair geniessen. Mir haben die Windmühle am einen, und die Hafenkneipen am anderen Ende sehr gefallen.

  • Day46

    Euromast

    May 31, 2015 in the Netherlands

    From the viewing deck of the Euromast tower you can see all of Rotterdam and more. It's quite something. The Erasmus bridge, the Nieuwe Maas, Rem Koolhaas' new skyscraper (which, I admit, I actually like now I've seen it in person). Because the Netherlands is so flat, the horizon seemed to be infinite. I could, for example, easily see the skyscrapers of the Hauge. Looking the other way, I could see the Hook of Holland and the port I had come from in the morning.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Rotterdam, روتردام, ܪܘܛܪܕܐܡ, Горад Ратэрдам, Ротердам, Роттердам, Ρότερνταμ, Roterdamo, Róterdam, Róterdan, רוטרדם, RTM, ロッテルダム, როტერდამი, 로테르담, Roterodamum, Roterdamas, Roterdama, रॉटरडॅम, ရော်တာဒမ်မြို့, راٹرڈیم, Roterdão, Roterdami, ராட்டர்டேம், รอตเทอร์ดาม, Rottérdam, ראטערדאם, 鹿特丹

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