Rotterdam, the Resilient Dutch City
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of Rotterdam when I arrived there. During my time in Amsterdam, I had heard a few words thrown around in regards to this city such as “edgy”, “artsy”, “architectural marvel”, and “funky”. After doing a bit of research on the city, I found out that it was almost completely destroyed by the bombings of World War II. Rather than rebuilding it to mimic the old style, it became a blank canvas for Dutch architects to showcase their individuality and creativity in designing the commercial and residential buildings to replace the rubble. Rotterdam is also a very important port city for both the Netherlands and Europe as a whole. It is often referred to as the “Gateway of Europe”, as it houses the largest cargo port in all of Europe. Erasmus University is also located here, which runs an exchange program for European university students to take some classes at a university in Europe of their choosing.
I decided the best way to soak in all of the unique architecture would be to tour the city on foot. Here I had the opportunity to wander about at my leisure, stopping to see whatever caught my eye. Following the old adage that “A picture is worth a 1,000 words”, I decided to include some of them below.
A few of my favorites and must-sees:
- Markthal, an eclectic food court with a ton of different food stalls from seafood to donuts. Its’ ceiling is decorated with brightly colored flowers and plants
- The yellow Cube Houses
- The Bojimans Museum, a modern art museum. (I was able to use my Museumkaart for free entrance).
- The Maas River, and the various buildings that line its banks.