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.