Let’s Explore…(Series) Places you must visit in Rotterdam
Must visits in Rotterdam
How long would you typically need to reside in a place to really know it and have no hesitation to say “…Yes! You must visit x,y,z!” For me, this period is usually 2 years. Below are a few places I would highly recommend you to visit should your adventurous selves end up in Rotterdam and have some time to spare.
De Markthal - A place to lovingly fill a food basket with
This said epicurean basket may include a mix of olives, humous, cured meat, spices, Olde Rotterdam cheese, stroopwafels and cupcakes. The building, designed by MVRDV is modern and shaped like a horse shoe. The facade is all grey and glass and once inside, you can cast your gaze above to admire the mural on the ceiling titled “Cornucopia”, created by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam. Not surprisingly, this venue is very popular with the tourists - evident from the observation that it does become significantly more crowded on the days a cruise ship is berthed in the harbour.
Kubuswoningen - A whimsical sight to behold
This residential blocks, also known as The Yellow Cubic Houses were completed in 1984. They are a mere walking distance from De Markthal. Built on top of a pedestrian bridge, they were designed by the late Dutch architect Piet Blom. The bright yellow houses are meant to represent trees forming an urban forest - the response to the then local government’s request to regenerate Rotterdam’s historic harbour area (Oude Haven) with non-utilitarian architecture (Piet Blom had previously planned a less extensive structure in Helmond in the South of Netherlands). Visitors who would like to take a peek inside one of these cubic homes can easily do so - one of the houses is a museum (Kijk Kubus) and is open daily.
And if you have younger children…
Plaswijck Park - A venue to let the children run loose
Plaswijck park, located only 10 km north of Rotterdam city centre is a marvel. It is nestled in a green area sprinkled with canals and encompasses multiple playgrounds which offer activities like pedal go karting, climbing and rafting - just to name a few. Parents and children can take shelter in the indoor area should it start to rain - there is a cafe and a recreation area. This park becomes even more exciting during the summer months when the paddling pools are activated. Kudos to the planners of this park!
For those unfamiliar with Rotterdam - this beloved modern city, unlike Amsterdam, was rebuilt after World War 2. This BBC travel article is an interesting read if you are curious about Rotterdam’s modern architecture. For those who already know this city - lucky you ! 😊 (says this bias Rotterdam fan and resident). Also, which other places would you recommend visiting?