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Sightseeing in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a harbor city and is located at the river Maas. This second largest city of the Netherlands was founded in 1270. Rotterdam is known for its Erasmus University, riverside setting and lively cultural life. The near complete destruction of the city centre during World War II has resulted in a varied architectural landscape.

At the Erasmus bridge you will have a nice view over the water and the skyline of the city. From the Erasmus bridge it is only a 10 minutes’ walk to the popular Witte de Withstreet. Where you can find many restaurants and bars. Behind easyHotel Rotterdam you will find all kinds of different shops, varying from well-known brands to local boutiques. And at Museumpark you will find six different art, cultural and historical museums together.

Rotterdam is definitely worth a visit!

Erasmus Bridge

The Erasmus bridge is the icon of Rotterdam. The 800 meter long bridge spans the Maas river and connect the northern and southern parts of Rotterdam. The bridge is 139 meter high. It also has a nickname called The Swan, because this is the shape of the pylon.

This is the third bridge over the Nieuwe Maas in Rotterdam. On 4 September 1996 the bridge was officially opened. The architect of the bridge is Ben van Berkel. Also the bridge is part of different events like: the Marathon, World Port days, New Year and the Red Bull Air Race.


It is the highest tower that you can visit in Rotterdam. It offers you a beautiful view of 360 degrees over the city and the harbour. You can go with the elevator to a height of 100 meters this will take 30 seconds. On the top is a viewing point and a brasserie. Euromast opened 25 March 1960 and the tower was then 100 meters high. In 1970 the Euromast was extended with a height of 185 meters.  It is also possible to visit this height.

And if you are not scared of height, you can even abseil from the Euromast!


This is a very popular tourist attraction for Rotterdam and is definitely worth a visit! Markthal is an inside market with a lot of restaurants, bars, shops, a supermarket and even houses. The construction of the Markthal has lasted 5 years and was opened 1 October 2014. It is 39 meters high and is located next to the metro station Blaak. The Markthal is open 7 days a week and every day they have fresh products.

If you are looking for something to eat? This is the right place!

Cube Houses

One owner decided to open a ‘show cube’, and is offering tours to visitors. This cube house is furnished as a normal house. Piet Blom is the architect of the cube houses and in total there are 38 small cubes.

The total area of the house is around 100 square meters. The walls and windows are angled at 54.7 degrees.

In 2009 the big cubes were converted into a hostel called Stayokay. There is also a museum underneath the cube houses. The houses are located nearby the metro station Blaak.