When thinking about the Netherlands, most people have Amsterdam in mind and its beautiful Grachten. But you shouldn’t forget Rotterdam which is the second biggest city in the Netherlands and has the biggest port in Europe. The city is known for their modern architecture, lively cultural atmosphere and maritime heritage. There is a lot to explore in the city that is also called the gateway to Europe.
Port of Rotterdam
Start your excursion at the port and marvel the huge container ships. Afterwards, walk to Delfshaven which is the opposite of the industrial port with its maritime atmosphere. Enjoy the fishing village character and the cozy atmosphere.
Het Park and Euromast
Don’t miss het park! A wonderful park located next to the port with some lakes and it is really quiet so you wouldn’t believe that you are in the middle of the city. Especially in autumn when the leaves turn red and yellow it looks amazing.At the end of the park, the Euro mast a 85m high tower is located. For 10 Euro, you can go upstairs and enjoy the wonderful view over the city and the Erasmus bridge.The Erasmus bridge is the landmark of the city. It is the 802m long and was built in 1996.
When doing an internship in Rotterdam or just sightseeing, you shouldn’t miss the museums and the gallerias. One of the most famous one is the museum Boijmans van Beuningen which shows paintings from Rembrandt, Van Gough, Bruderly and many other painters from the last centuries. The entrance fee is 15 euro but with a student card, you get a discount and only pay 7,50 ?
My favorite place in Rotterdam is definitely the market place which is a complex with 228 apartments and an underground 4-storey parking garage with a capacity of 1200+ cars. However, the best part are the food stores. There are so many little food stores and bistros that you feel like in heaven and can’t even decide where to start. I can only recommend planning more time for the Markethal and try as many different dishes as possible.