Reason for a visit is that the Markthal Rotterdam, with its horseshoe-shaped architecture, is that it has a very special design. The ingenious concept resembles a huge airplane hangar. Above the market floor are 10 floors with more than 200 apartments and underneath are 1200 parking spaces. In addition, all kinds of delicacies are displayed next to each other. Eight restaurant, fifteen gourmet shops and around one hundred stands. For foodies fresh fish, regional vegetables, dairy products and exotic sweets are offered.
The Wilhelmina pier is located on the south bank of the Maas River. Here you will find yourself in the middle of the famous Rotterdam skyline, which is reminiscent of Manhattan. This is the historic and contemporary cruise terminal of Rotterdam, the rawest and coolest city in the Netherlands. The building ‘de Rotterdam’ is the largest building in the Netherlands. It’s height is 500 feet and the three towers make up an area of 2,000,000 square feet. Designed by OMA Office for Metropolitan Architecture. The Erasmus suspension bridge with 1 steel pylon is 2650 feet long and connects Rotterdam South with the center of the city. Nicknamed ‘the Swan’ because of its elegant shape.
The medieval Laurenskerk Rotterdam is also called the ‘Grote Kerk of Rotterdam’ and is one of the few old buildings in the city. The Second World War started in the Netherlands with the bombing of Rotterdam on the 14th of May 1940, between 1.27pm and 1.40pm. The entire historic centre was destroyed and burned, but the heavily damaged church survived. In total, there were 800 dead, 25,000 homes, 14,000 buildings destroyed and a fire that smoldered for many days after. The 8-mile fire boundary is marked with 128 lights that glow red in the pavement at night. In the lights you can see the contours of the burning city, a German bomber and the statue ‘the destroyed city’.
The Euromast Rotterdam is the highlight of the city. One can enjoy from the ‘ship’s mast’ the view of the city in the open air. Built in just 23 days on the occasion of the Floriade Horticultural Expo of 1960. The height is 330 feet and with a rotating gondola one it is raised another 275 meters. On the west side the seaports and the North Sea are visible and in a northerly direction you can see Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. At the top of the viewing platform are two hotel suites, if you want to have the Euromast to yourself.
Compared to the museum in Amsterdam, the Maritime Museum Rotterdam mainly shows modern life at sea. There are special children’s exhibitions, where active participation is the most important. Historic ships, cranes and lighthouses can be seen at the adjacent harbour. Special items are the models of passenger ships from companies such as the Holland America Line and the Koninklijke Nedloyd.