It is not possible any longer to count the places of interest on the fingers of one hand. The 'must-see' list grows by the day and it is in fact impossible to make a choice. But, let's make an attempt:
Markthal (Market hall) Rotterdam
The Markthal is the newest addition in the centre of The city. With this covered food market, Rotterdam joins forces with world monopolies like Stockholm, Barcelona and Valencia. Fresh fish, crispy fresh baked bread and numerous kinds of cheeses form an enormous attraction on the daily mass of visitors. Located next to train/underground station "Beurs, you can't miss it!
Fenix Food Factory
Who can't get enough of these kinds of food 'walhalla's mounts the bike, and within half an hour paddling from the very centre one will find the Fenix Food Factory, the daily food market on de 'Kaap' or, in other words: in the district Katendrecht. An atmosphere and formula totally deviating from the Markthal, but, not less worth while!
SS Rotterdam (Steam Ship Rotterdam)
And, being there already: on a distance of some 500 meters from the Fenix Food Factory, the SS Rotterdam offers the visitor a glimpse of the historical cruise life. Enjoy the hotel and restaurant facilities and the magnificent view from the ships' rear deck. The SS Rotterdam also offers facilities for a business event or other kind of reception.
For some the Central Station is only the daily entrance to the city, but many others can't help to stop each time for a while to look at this special edifice. Officially, the station was inaugurated in March 2014, and does nowadays receive over 100,000 people each day. The station was created by architect office Benthem Crouwel Architects.
The view from the Euromast is fenomenal.
The good-old Euromast still is an attraction for visitors of the city. The tower exactly brings what it's site promises: enjoyment on high level. The Euromast was constructed in 1960 and, apart from the splendid view on city and harbour, it offers hotel facilities, a fine restaurant and many options for meetings and business parties.
Diergaarde Blijdorp (Blijdorp Zoo)
In Diergaarde Blijdorp you will make a journey around the world in just one day. The most renown zoo of the Netherlands has been arranged in such way that all continents get attention, and the related animals fully show off. Every day there are interesting tours and shows in the garden, and you can also enjoy a drink and a meal. Diergaarde Blijdorp is opened every day of the year.
An absolute must-see for lovers of historical areas. This beautiful part of old Rotterdam offers nice walks and enjoyment of old facades and historical houses. Of course there are many places where you can sit down for coffee or sandwiches. Do not forget to visit the old town hall of Delfshaven, the 'Distilleerketel' (distillery kettle) and the Pelgrimfathers Church.
Hotel New York
Hotel New York located on the very end of the Wilhelminapier, offers phenomenal sweeping views of the harbour and the city. The prestigious hotel with a reputable restaurant is worth visiting during summers and winters. Already early in the early season the lovely terrace fills with tourists and day trippers. A lunch or dinner in Hotel New York can be excellently combined with a visit to one of its surrounding attractions. Hint: visit Hotel New York with a water taxi. Board it at the Leuvehaven and enjoy the spectacular view on the Wilhelminapier.
You can reach the Hotel New York (left on the bottom of the picture) on a spectacular way by using the Watertaxi. Mouse-over: picturesque facades in Delfshaven.
The above provided information is only a small overview of what one can experience in Rotterdam. For a complete overview consult www.rotterdam.info or visit the Tourist Information Desk at Coolsingel 195.
Photography: Rotterdam Partners.
Translation: Teun Botterweg.