Oh Rotterdam. We LOVED Rotterdam. It’s modern, completely different to the rest of the Netherlands, full of skyscrapers and intriguing architecture.
We arrived at our AirBnB in Noordereiland and were blown away by the space and sheer beauty of the two floor apartment.
As well as the view from the bedroom balcony – stunning!
The neighbourhood was lovely – with mini libraries attached to trees, tables and chairs deliberately placed outside houses to facilitate chat between neighbours and friends.
Noordereiland is linked to Rotterdam by the Willems bridge, just a 25 minute walk away.
We had two full days in Rotterdam to explore, and we mostly did this on foot (though Mara, our AirBnB host, had kindly provided travel cards loaded with credit)
We visited the Kijk Kubus (cube houses). People do actually live in these houses, although there is one set up as a museum which can be visited.
After a brief visit, we had a further wander around the canal basin area. We loved the clash of old and new buildings. Rotterdam was severely bombed during WWII and so was rebuilt after the war.
We also took a subway trip to Delftshaven which is a suburb of Rotterdam. There’s really only a couple of streets that are picturesque, including one with this windmill that towers above the modern flats surrounding it.
There was also the Pelgrim brewery – the only brewery within Rotterdam.
Once we (Mr B) had sampled some of the goods on tap, we wandered the streets some more.
One place that we only saw from afar on a boat trip, was Hotel New York. Once the Head Office of the Holland America Line, this is where immigrants would leave for a new life in America. Now it’s a hotel, bar and restaurant. One to visit if we head back to Rotterdam.
The Erasmus (also known as the Swan) bridge was also pretty impressive, especially against the backdrop of blue sky!
We got a final use of our Museum Kaart at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen where there were some diverse exhibitions on.
We also loved the Markthal – a collection of nearly 100 food stalls all housed in an impressive building next to Blaak station.
These were just a few highlights of our time in Rotterdam – it would be somewhere that we would return if holidaying in the Netherlands again, for sure!