If you are looking at a city in Europe that has a few faces and facets to its life, there is no doubt that one should always have a closer look at Rotterdam. It has almost everything that tourists with different tastes and preferences would like to enjoy. Whether it is nightlife or having a look at one of the biggest ports in Europe, this city can indeed offer varieties which very few cities in Europe can match. It also is a city with a lot of history and culture and is often referred to as the ‘city of art’.
On one side, you could be totally blown away by the sheer size and scale of the big skyscrapers and shopping malls and on the other side of the spectrum, you could also have a look at a few museums that allow the tourists to immerse themselves in the history of the land. The two most famous museums that are a part of this city are called Kunsthal and Borjmans van Beuiningen. It is also one of the few cities in the world which has a wonderful and extremely fascinating shipping museum, which certainly traces its roots into history and explains how this city has grown into a major port, in Europe.
History of the City
Though the city must have had its origins as early as 1340, the actual port started taking shape sometime between 1866 and 1872, when digging the canal work was taken up. This helped in establishing a connection with the sea and the famous Mass River. However, the 2nd world war, in 1940, saw the entire city being reduced to rubble and it was not until 1954 that the city started booming again. Since then, there has been no looking back and today, Rotterdam is one of the most visited cities of Europe.
Things To See In Rotterdam
There are a number of places of attractions in Rotterdam and hence singling out a few could be difficult. However, there are a few places which are on the top of the list and should form a part of your list, when you are in this city. Discover Corner is considered one of the must see locations in Rotterdam. It is a place which is liked by children and adults alike. Amongst other things, it also has a science museum. ‘White House’ is another place that attracts a number of tourists to this city. It is a wonderful mix of both the old and the new and therefore, is a popular destination for tourists from outside the city.
If you are religious minded then you certainly should pay a visit to Grote Kerk which holds morning and evening prayers, for Christians. Rotterdam is certainly revered and respected for the ambience that is able to create. There are a number of other places too that are worth visiting such, as Gateway of Europe, Maasboulevard and Schielandshuis.
As is the case with other European cities, it is better to avoid Rotterdam, during the peak winter. Hence, you would be better off visiting it sometime during the months of May to September when summer is at its peak.
Outside the city
About 20 minutes from the city, lies Hague, which has the beautiful beach, Scheveningen. Holland’s oldest city, the Dordrecht has many historic monuments, which you can visit. The Delftware pottery is about ten minutes away from the city. The Duinrell amusement park is about a half-an-hour drive from the city and it attracts tourists of all ages. A little farther, you would find the continent’s best theme park, the Efteling theme park. The Windmills of Kinderdijk is one of the most popular sightseeing spot, outside the city.
‘Smart’ Mask Brainstormed by Dutch Physicians, Engineers
Physicians and engineers in the Netherlands said they are developing a “smart mask” that uses sensors and data to monitor a wearer's temperature and respiration and warns them when the mask needs replacing.
Though the mask is still in the development stage, researchers at the Holst Center, an independent research and development technology lab in the city of Eindhoven, said in addition to monitoring vital signs, a humidity sensor can indicate if the mask is functioning properly.
The core technology has already been largely developed in a joint research project with multiple partners to commercialize the smart mask. Holst Center researcher Ashok Sridhar said the mask was designed with practical applications to indicate if the wearer is basically healthy.
Sridhar said the mask will also tell wearers how the mask itself is doing. He said people tend to buy masks and wear them longer than they are intended.
“By measuring the humidity of the filter, you can also indicate that the mask cannot be used anymore. And the idea is to replace the mask, so that the effectiveness is retained."
The mask is going through a testing phase, and researchers hope to add further functionality, such as alerting users if they inhale toxic substances.
The mask uses flexible sensors that are printed into the fabric. The researchers said the Holst Center pioneered this printed electronics technology. They are using it to develop a T-shirt that can monitor the wearer’s vital signs during athletic training and report back to the user through a laptop or smartphone.
Coronavirus found in Minks in the Netherlands
The Netherlands also eases Corona Restrictions
The Netherlands has eased corona restrictions two months after the “lockdown”. As of the this week, hairdressers, beauty salons are allowed to reopen again., this is followed by restaurants, cafés and theaters on June 1st, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced in The Hague.
Rutte, however, called for continued caution – “We can only reopen the Netherlands if everyone behaves wisely.”
The government presented a gradual easing plan by September 1. From June 1, museums and all schools are to be opened thereafter, however, the relaxation is associated with a new obligation:
From June 1st, face masks must be worn in local public transport and the opening of primary schools from May 11th.
The Netherlands is now in a transition phase to the “one and a half meter society,” said Rutte but he warned that any loosening would be reversed if the virus spreads again as “The virus must remain manageable.”
From July 1st there are also plans to relax tourism with camping sites and holiday parks to open the gates again.
Restaurants, cafés and theaters can then receive up to 100 visitors. Sports with direct physical contact such as football should only be allowed from September 1st but playing golf, swimming or tennis will be allowed again next week.
The measures will be relaxed more quickly than planned. According to the government, this is possible because the number of new infections is declining faster than expected. So far, around 41,000 cases of corona infections have been registered in the Netherlands, 5204 people died and 628 patients are still in intensive care units and at the height of the crisis, there were twice as many in ICU’s reported.
Restrictions on freedom of movement have been in effect since March 13. Citizens should stay at home as much as possible and keep a safety distance of one and a half meters. Cafes, restaurants and schools had been closed. However, business was allowed to remain open. Prime Minister Rutte had called this an “intelligent lockdown”, appealing to the common sense of the citizens.
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