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  • 1 Musée De Dubbelde Palmboom Interesting

    Museums and art

    Voorhaven 12 NL - 3024 RM Rotterdam

    This is an attractive location for this museum, occupying as it does two former warehouses dating from 1825. During restoration carried out in 1970 and 1975, the original corniced facade was replaced with the gabled double facade that is characterist..

  • 2 Botlek

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 3089 KB Rotterdam

    In 1954 a new port named the Botlek was built on the island of Rozenburg, where refineries and petro-chemical industries were then established. It soon became overstretched and Europoort was added in 1958. Nowadays the Botlek is a big petrol and cere..

  • 3 Maastunnel

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 3081 Rotterdam

    One of the most important examples of urban engineering in the city, this was opened in 1942. The tunnel is 1070 m long, 550 of them under water, and is made up of four galleries: a twinned pair for cars, each carrying one way traffic, and two others..

  • 4 Beneluxtunnel

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 3078 Rotterdam

    This tunnel was created in 1967 to relieve congestion in the Maastunnel, which was unable to cope with the spectacular increases in car traffic. It links the two banks of the river and avoids the centre of town, reducing traffic jams. 1300 m long, th..

  • 5 Van Brienenoordbrug

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 3063 Rotterdam

    This bridge, situated on the east side of town, dates back to 1965. Its single span is 297 m long and 25 m above water level at the highest point. At the northern end of Van Brienenoordbrug there is a bascule bridge. The Tweede Van Brienenoordbrug (s..

  • 6 City Centre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Stationsplein NL - 3013 Rotterdam

    The city centre is modern and full of tall buildings that are occupied by banks, offices and businesses. There are numerous statues dotted about. The two main thoroughfares are Lijnbaan, a shopping street with a number of pedestrian sectors, and Cool..

  • 7 Stationsplein

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Stationsplein NL - 3013 AK Rotterdam

    The central station (Centraal Station) dates from 1957. With one's back to it the Delftse Poort can be seen to the left. This building was designed by A. Bonnema and contains the offices of the Nationale Nederlanden insurance company. There are two g..

  • 8 Kruisplein

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kruisplein NL - 3012 Rotterdam

    The Bouwcentrum ("building centre") stands on the right of Kruisplein and houses exhibitions devoted to architecture. In front of the facade Picasso's Sylvette is reproduced on a huge panel. On the lateral facade, looking over the Weena, a ..

  • 9 Theatre Square (Schouwburgplein)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Schouwburgplein NL - 3012 Rotterdam

    This square was entirely remodelled by Adriaan Geuze. Built on top of an underground car-park, it is surfaced with metal plates, some of which can be raised to form a podium. The three vast desk-lamps that illuminate the square can be controlled by t..

  • 10 Cool Singel

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Cool Singel NL - 3011 Rotterdam

    Rotterdam's main thoroughfare, this avenue is flanked by the City Hall, the Post Office and the Stock Exchange. Many contemporary features adorn the pavements and facades of Coolsingel, statues in particular. Its shady lawns make it a pleasant place ..

  • 11 Hôtel de ville

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Cool Singel NL - 3011 Rotterdam

    Built between 1914 and 1920, the City Hall is typical of the style of the period. It is one of the few buildings in Rotterdam that escaped the bombing and has a fine peal of bells. Several statues stand in front of the facade, including one of the fa..

  • 12 Post Office

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 3011 Rotterdam

    The Post Office building dates from the 20s, the same period as the City Hall. Like the Stadhuis, it was one of the few buildings to escape the terrible bombing in 1940-1945. Its concrete structure is remarkable.

  • 13 Construction

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 3011 Rotterdam

    In front of the Stock Exchange, this enormous metal "Construction" was made by Naum Gabo in1957. It is a good illustration of the rebuilding of the city after the last war.

  • 14 Stock Exchange (Beurs)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 3001 DB Rotterdam

    Built in an interesting style between 1936 and 1940, the Stock Exchange and its bell-tower also escaped the ravages of the bombing in 1940-1945.

  • 15 St-Laurensplein

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grotekerkplein NL - Rotterdam

    The statue of Erasmus stands in the square. It was sculpted by Hendrick de Keyser in 1622, on the death of the philosopher. Erasmus was born in the very year that work began on the church that dominates the area.

  • 16 Beursplein

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Beursplein NL - 3011 Rotterdam

    This square was renovated in 1994 to designs by Pi de Bruyn. Surrounded by department stores, an apartment tower and a car-park, Beursplein also has an underground shopping arcade: Beurstraverse.

  • 17 Schielandtoren

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 3011 Rotterdam

    This fine tower stands in front of the historical museum. 104 m (31 storeys) high, it is one of the tallest apartment blocks in Europe. Generally buildings as tall as this are occupied by offices.

  • 18 Binnenwegplein

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Binnenwegplein NL - 3011 Rotterdam

    Het Ding stands in this square: it is big mobile sculpture and was created by American artist George Rickey in 1969. Also worth seeing, on Binnenweg, is an amusing statue representing Rotterdam's typical inhabitant: Mr Jacques, by Wenckebach (1959).

  • 19 Westersingel

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 3011 Rotterdam

    The Westersingel is home to various art galleries. To the south of Eendrachtsplein square, in the greenery alongside the canal, is a headless statue: The Walking Man by Rodin. Cross the bridge opposite number 22. On Mauritsweg the Café De Unie, creat..

  • 20 Palais du commerce de gros

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Stationsplein NL - 3013 AK Rotterdam

    The "Palace of Trade", built in the years 1949-1951 by Maaskant and Van Tijen, is often considered to be the symbol of post-war rebuilding. Its imposing structure extends over 2 hectares. Its activities employ 5000 people.

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