The Port of Rotterdam - the largest port of Europe - was once the busiest port in the world during the 20th century. It is a must-visit when you travel to Holland. Rotterdam is well-known for its futurist and modern architecture. It’s also one of the youngest student cities of the Netherlands. Here’s what you must not miss in the port city Rotterdam.
Visit the Cube House
Based on the concept of ‘living as an urban roof’, Cube house is designed as high-density housing in the forms of 38 small cubes and situated in the center of Rotterdam on Overblaak 70. It lies right on the Black Square next to Blaak Market Hall, that is within walking distance to the biggest and most modern shopping streets of Rotterdam. From the Cube house, you can also walk to the Old Harbour.
The Cube house is designed by a Dutch architect Piet Blom with the idea to create a village within a town: shops, schools, children’s playground and living space in the same place. It is now a fully furnished house that is custom-made to give visitors the image of how one can live in a Cube house. The house has been built during the 80s and this is a good place for artists and visitors to capture the classic side of Rotterdam. Admission fee is 2.50 EUR (about 3 USD) for adults and 2 EUR (about 2.50 USD) for students.
Take a Water Taxi
As the city of port, Rotterdam is also popular for great views of gigantic bridges such as Erasmus Bridge and Willemsbrug that are the most famous one. One of the best ways to enjoy this is to take a Water Taxi - massive boats taking you to different parts of the city. You can book a group tour of more than 8 people or purchase single ticket on the boat.
Passing through the city above the waves while enjoying fresh air is a great experience at an affordable price of only around 5 USD. Take a water taxi from the closest port with Erasmus Bridge and you will also get a chance to see De Rotterdam - a well-known architecture with modern design as well. The journey time depends on your destination, as water taxi is used as a means of regular transportation. Remember not to take the expensive 60 USD + water taxi tour because you would end up paying way much more for the same experience.
Get to the windmill town Kinderdijk
Kinderdijk is a small village in the South of Holland, about 15 kilometres from Rotterdam. This is where you can find the UNESCO World’s Heritage Windmills of Kinderdijk - the biggest collection of windmills in the Netherlands, as well as the Itinerary Museum Mill Nederwaard. At the ticket office in the entrance, you will find the map of all the mills and prices based on how many windmills you want to visit. There’s no limit for the number of museum you want to check and it’s even free just to walk around and see it from the outside. Inside, you will basically see how the mills are operated back then.
What's more of Rotterdam
There’s so much more of Rotterdam to offer: from the 100-meter Euromast Tower to Rotterdam Miniworld with day and night simulation. Traveling has made the world so much smaller and flatter. In Rotterdam, you can not only see the world in a small scale, but also get a panoramic view of the city from the Euroscope.