A lot of Dutchies have different opinions on this, but for me Rotterdam is one of the best cities in The Netherlands. I lived there for a while and I can’t wait to go back. If you want to check out what I did and saw in Rotterdam, keep on reading!
I was charging my OV-Chipkaart here. In The Netherlands we use an OV-Chipkaart to travel with public transportation. You don’t have one? Fear not! Because you can always buy a one day ticket. Although getting an OV-Chipkaart will definitely be cheaper in the long run. If you aren’t a Dutch resident then you can get an anonymous card that will work just as well! Once I was done charging we took the train to Rotterdam.
Rotterdam is pretty known for its architecture. They have the most intriguing looking buildings. One of the first buildings you will notice, when you arrive by train, is the station itself. I remember when it was still under construction. Many years of hard work led to a very fascinating and modern looking building. The station is so spacious and huge. You can check out some more pictures of the inside here.
We explored parts of the city by foot. Totally made possible by the beautiful weather. I made lots of pictures of tall colorful buildings and other types of structures. Right beneath a red one we found an interesting arrangement of rotating chairs.
The building in the pictures above is the one I was talking about, next to the rotating chairs. I have seen this building in Rotterdam several times now, but this day I took a look at it from different perspective. I was so amazed. The building is called CalypSO designed by a British architecture. He uses bright colors and unusual shapes in his designs. If you look closely you see that the pattern of the windows are indeed very unusual.
Our plan on this sunny day was just sight seeing and lunch. So we strolled from the station to the shopping area. The shopping area is close to the station, it takes about five minutes by foot. There are a lot of popular stores selling everything you can imagine. You can also find a lot of cafes to sit down for a drink or snack.
Tatsuya got a fresh stroopwafel for his parents to share as we continued walking to a nearby restaurant where we had lunch.
There was this guy playing several instruments at once. He might look silly, but he was very good! A lot of people stood still, watched and listen to him play several songs. The first three pictures of this bunch were made by Tatsuya’s dad. The last one is mine, haha.
You probably can’t tell from the pictures, but the market place was super busy! It was hard to walk through the crowd without getting stuck somewhere. We managed to come out unharmed though hehe.
We had lunch at my favorite restaurant in Rotterdam called Spirit. I already blogged about them once. They are a vegetarian/vegan restaurant that serve incredible dishes. I swear it is super tasty. My plate was on the left side. I didn’t have a tray underneath, because I was taking a picture of the food. The amount of food for lunch was huge, but I ate it all. Check out more details about Spirit in this blog post.
Next up were the cube houses. They are designed by a architecture named Piet Blom. The houses are tilted cubes on top of pillars. These houses are not only to be seen in Rotterdam, but also in another Dutch city Helmond. Next to the train and metro station of Blaak you will find the cube houses. It is almost impossible to miss them!
After observing the cube houses we headed for the Markthal. The Markthal Rotterdam is situated just across of the cube houses. Yeah, when you come to Blaak there is a lot to see. The library(blue and yellow building) and the station of Blaak are shown on pictures above this text. Those two pics are also made by Tatsuya’s dad.
How nice is the blue sky?! It makes everything so bright and colorful. I get tingly feelings from the liveliness it portrays. It reflects beautifully on the windows of the Rotterdam Markthal. Even though I have visited it several times, my level of excitement never ceases when exploring it.
Recalling from the pictures above, they are probably specialized in tomatoes!
I would really love to get a bunch of these cactuses and decorate my house with them. I enjoy a nature/earthy themed environment.
After a while of exploring the Markthal we sat down for some refreshments. I ordered some homemade melon smoothie which came in a cute mason jar with a straw. I think it was a smoothie because it was a little bit chunky. Tatsuya’s dad ordered a sangria. If I am not mistaken it was also made by the cafe itself.
We didn’t stay for too long as we still wanted to take a look at some other places around Rotterdam. Some moments later we hopped on the metro to our next destination. In two of the pictures above you can see the Euromast. It is a tower that is 185 meters tall and very significant for the Rotterdam skyline. The tower was finished in the year 1960, so it is actually more than 50 years old now.
Red colored trams of Rotterdam in the pictures above. These were taken nearby the central station.
This guy is called Santa Claus. He is holding a Christmas tree in his hand. Or.. well, it kind of looks like a tree. To a lot of people living in Rotterdam it does not. Seemingly the citizens of Rotterdam call this statue Kabouter Buttplug. Which means Gnome Buttplug. Uhu, you’ve read that right. Well I can’t blame them. What a ridiculous Christmas tree!
We headed into the shopping area of Rotterdam once more. Got some random people in my shot that look like they have never seen a camera before.
A short stop at the Media Markt was made and I don’t really remember what happened next haha. We might have gone home and cooked some dinner. Anyway, it was a nice day full of exploration and sunshine. Rotterdam is incredibly fun to visit so I recommend you to come over.
Thank you for checking out this blog post!