Rotterdam: what to see, attractions and places to visit

erasmusbrug bridge rotterdam
erasmusbrug bridge rotterdam

What to see in Rotterdam, attractions and places to visit in the second city of the Netherlands paid to confuenza the Nieuwe Maas River with the river Rotte.

Attractions Rotterdam

The river divides the city in two, about 18 Km. From the North Sea. Rotterdam, almost completely destroyed by bombing during the Second World War, was later rebuilt with modern urban criteria.

Among the few buildings that survived are the Witte Huis, the first skyscraper Dutch Art Nouveau constructed between 1897 and 1898, whose name means white house, and the Church of San Lorenzo in the late Gothic period, which suffered much damage but not was completely destroyed. In the same neighborhood are the famous cube houses designed by architect Piet Blom in 1984, a very original project made ​​with buildings cube-shaped inclined, in this complex every house is a tree and all together depict a forest.

Places to visit Rotterdam

The city’s symbol is the Erasmus bridge, nicknamed the Swan for its shape and its color, which was opened in 1996 by Queen Beatrix and connects the south with the north of the city. Nearby is the old drawbridge rail De Hef, dating back to 1927 and protected as a national monument.

Among the city’s museums are the Boijmans van Beuningen distinguished primarily for its important collections of art ranging from medieval to modern European. Other museums include the Kunsthal and naval museums Maritiem Maritiem Museum and Museum Prins Hendrik. In the city there is the Erasmus University which takes its name from the famous humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam, who was born around 1466.