Sunday, July 16, 2017

Netherlands: Rotterdam Stroll in Pictures

This entry is a picture essay (lots!) of our stroll last summer (2016) in Rotterdam.

Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Markthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Summer in the Netherlands is a hit and miss situation. It is mostly a miss, which means we rarely have very hot days and if they do come, they drop by sporadically, making us wonder if they really did come!?

We came with the intercity train from Utrecht and it was lovely to see the new Rotterdam Centraal Train Station. Just outside the station was an exposition, De Trap (The Staircase) which leads to the rooftop of the Groot Handelsgebouw offering panoramic skyline views of the city. This is a rare occasion to have access to the top of this old building so we grabbed the opportunity and hiked up the stairs. After which we went out for a stroll through the busy shopping streets, paying a quick visit to the Markthal (Food Market Hall), then passing some of its architectural landmarks and then continuing towards the old harbour and the Nieuwe Maas that flows through the city.

After a few hours and with burning feet and legs, we ended up having dinner at Prachtig Restaurant on the harbour, just below the Erasmus Bridge. From our table, we could even see the bridge. We would have wanted to check out a cosmopolitan bar on top of a tall building for some drinks and city lights view but it was getting late and we were tired, so we called it a day.

I have not been back to Rotterdam since, but who knows I will be in the coming weeks and months.

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Modern buildings Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Rotterdam is a city that showcases new and modern style architecture.

Bachelorette party group Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Modern Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Art installation Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Cor Kieboomplein Rotterdam, the Netherlands

The Cor Kieboomplein where you can find the Pathe (Imax) theater.

Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Markthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands

The Markthal (Food Market Hall) in Rotterdam, great place to grab a quick bite or drink. I have been here before. Love the ceiling!

Markthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Moi eating haring (raw herring with onions and gherkins - typically Dutch).

Haring
Markthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Cube Houses Rotterdam, the Netherlands

These are the famous Cube Houses (in yellow) and the Pencil Building (left) in Rotterdam.


Cube Houses Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Old Harbour Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Strolling past the old harbour of the city. Did you know that Rotterdam was bombed in the Second World War? The city had to be rebuilt which explains why it has very few old buildings.

Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Pedestrian bridge Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Modern Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Rotterdam is mostly modern architecture city. The apartments in the tall buildings here are more affordable than in Utrecht, Amsterdam and the Hague. 

Boating Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Modern Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Wine Haven Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands

There was a Wine Haven Festival when we were there but because the weather was not cooperating, there were barely any stands and people around. 

Verlengde Willemsbrug Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Rotterdam, the Netherlands

This is the Wijhaven. There is a boat on this bank anchored here transformed into a hotel.

V11 Hertekade Rotterdam, the Netherlands

This is a boat restaurant (V11 - Vessel 11) on the Hertekade. Cool.

Underpass art Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Nieuwe Maas Rotterdam, the Netherlands

This is the Nieuwe Maas flowing through the city to the Rotterdam Harbour.

Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam Skyline
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Outdoor cafes Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Life goes on even if the weather is bad. Outdoor cafes in Rotterdam and there is still light even its past 22:00!

Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Travel Period: June 2016
Destination: Rotterdam (South Holland), the Netherlands

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All pictures were taken by a point and shoot pocket camera or a smartphone.

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