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Place Rotterdam

Rotterdam is the second largest city and municipality in the Netherlands. It is in the province of South Holland, at the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas channel leading into the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta at the North Sea. Its history goes back to 1270, when a dam was constructed in the Rotte. In 1340, Rotterdam was granted city rights by William IV, Count of Holland. The Rotterdam–The Hague metropolitan area, with a population of approximately 2.7 million, is the 10th-largest in the European Union and the most populous in the country.
A major logistic and economic centre, Rotterdam is Europe’s largest seaport. In 2020, it had a population of 651,446 and is home to over 180 nationalities. Rotterdam is known for its university, riverside setting, lively cultural life, maritime heritage and modern architecture. The near-complete destruction of the city centre in the World War II Rotterdam Blitz has resulted in a varied architectural landscape, including skyscrapers designed by architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Piet Blom and Ben van Berkel.The Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt give waterway access into the heart of Western Europe, including the highly industrialized Ruhr. The extensive distribution system including rail, roads, and waterways have earned Rotterdam the nicknames “Gateway to Europe” and “Gateway to the World”.

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Atlas Obscura 2022
4.36km
European Walk of Fame

Discover European Walk of Fame in Rotterdam, Netherlands: The European equivalent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame is slowly spreading over the entire city.

Audio Guide
1.63km
Audio Guide
Urbirun Rotterdam – Highlights
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Atlas Obscura 2022
1.89km
De Hef

Discover De Hef in Rotterdam, Netherlands: A bridge that has seen many reiterations over its lifetime.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.14km
The Delftse Poort

Discover The Delftse Poort in Rotterdam, Netherlands: A modern reimagining of a medieval city gate.

Atlas Obscura 2020
2.3km
Hotel New York

Discover Hotel New York in Rotterdam, Netherlands: This hotel was once home to a steamliner company and became the final rest stop for Europeans heading to the New World.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.09km
Sylvette

Discover Sylvette in Rotterdam, Netherlands: A nearly 25-foot concrete sculpture of Sylvette, Picasso's muse.

Brutalism 1951
0.6km
Groothandelsgebouw
Atlas Obscura 2019
0.16km
The BMW

Discover The BMW in Rotterdam, Netherlands: A dramatic art installation features a BMW flying out of a building in Rotterdam.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.85km
In Rotterdam, a Huge Teapot Lights Up a Nursing Home

The beautiful design covers the building's facade.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.73km
The Polaroid

Discover The Polaroid in Rotterdam, Netherlands: An enormous Polaroid picture adds an artistic flair to Rotterdam.

Atlas Obscura 2016
1.01km
Cube House

Discover Cube House in Rotterdam, Netherlands: These slanted cubic abodes are a creative if odd solution to a zoning pickle.

Audio Guide
0.85km
Audio Guide
Rotterdam Maritime Short Trip
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Atlas Obscura 2020
0.8km
Rotterdam Jazz Artists Memorial

Discover Rotterdam Jazz Artists Memorial in Rotterdam, Netherlands: Portraits of musicians line Oude Binnenweg, the jazziest street in the city.

Audio Guide
0.59km
Audio Guide
The stories of The West-Kruiskade
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Atlas Obscura 2018
0.85km
Blaak House

Discover Blaak House in Rotterdam, Netherlands: Elegant marble and old vaults fill this historic Dutch bank turned office space.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.84km
Schoonoord Historical Garden

Discover Schoonoord Historical Garden in Rotterdam, Netherlands: An early 19th-century English style garden hidden in the Rotterdam cityscape.

Audio Guide
0.62km
Audio Guide
Medieval Rotterdam Walk
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Atlas Obscura 2021
0.53km
De Brandgrens (The Blaze Boundary)

Discover De Brandgrens (The Blaze Boundary) in Rotterdam, Netherlands: These lights mark the area of Rotterdam that was bombed and burned in 1940.

Atlas Obscura 2022
2.44km
New Ocean Paradise

Discover New Ocean Paradise in Rotterdam, Netherlands: A condensed piece of China floating in a Dutch harbor.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.77km
The Hat of Lou Bandy

Discover The Hat of Lou Bandy in Rotterdam, Netherlands: From afar it looks like someone's hat blew into the water, but closer inspection reveals a giant floating sculpture.

Audio Guide
0.85km
Audio Guide
Rotterdam Round Trip
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Atlas Obscura 2020
1.07km
Kunsthalte (Witte de Withstraat Tram Stop)

Discover Kunsthalte (Witte de Withstraat Tram Stop) in Rotterdam, Netherlands: An art installation memorializing a tram stop, which became a tram stop.

Post 2019
0.24km
r/todayilearned – TIL Kids playground built from discarded wind turbine parts. The Rotterdam based playground is a maze-like structure made from five discarded wind turbine blades. The recycled blades make up a slide tower, a watch tower, tunnels, bridges, ramps, and slides.
Atlas Obscura 2019
0.88km
Rotterdam Historic Harbor

Discover Rotterdam Historic Harbor in Rotterdam, Netherlands: Old ships and machinery fill a historic harbor in the city that's home to Europe's largest port.

Atlas Obscura 2020
1km
Schaakstukkenmuseum

Discover Schaakstukkenmuseum (The Chessmen Museum) in Rotterdam, Netherlands: This small museum located under the famous cube houses, is home to some 30,000 chess pieces.

Atlas Obscura 2018
3.07km
Maastunnel

Discover Maastunnel in Rotterdam, Netherlands: The Netherlands' first car tunnel has an unusually rectangular shape.

Atlas Obscura 2020
0.99km
Rotterdam’s Old City Wall

Discover Rotterdam's Old City Wall in Rotterdam, Netherlands: Inside this metro station is a section of the city's former medieval fortification.

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.7km
A Statue of the Second-Tallest Dutchman, Ever

The "Giant of Rotterdam" was over 7.5 feet tall when he died.

Atlas Obscura 2015
0.95km
Paul McCarthy’s Santa Claus

Discover Paul McCarthy's Santa Claus in Rotterdam, Netherlands: Rotterdammers' dirty minds gave this santa a dirty nickname and cursed it to a life of wandering.

Audio Guide
0.89km
Audio Guide
The Bombardment of Rotterdam
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Atlas Obscura 2019
0.61km
Kraatpaal

Discover Kraatpaal in Rotterdam, Netherlands: A strangely curved lamppost stands tall over this avenue in Rotterdam.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.79km
Fikkie

Discover Fikkie in Rotterdam, Netherlands: This charming pup is meant to celebrate the youth and stubbornness of the city's students.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.74km
Het Badkonijn

Discover Het Badkonijn in Rotterdam, Netherlands: A giant floating rubber duck-bunny painted with a different design every year.

Audio Guide
1.14km
Audio Guide
Rotterdam, city of marines
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Atlas Obscura 2019
1.19km
Biopik

Discover Biopik in Rotterdam, Netherlands: A giant yellow phallus sculpture hidden in the gardens of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Atlas Obscura 2020
2.72km
Tovertunnel (Magic Tunnel)

Discover Tovertunnel (Magic Tunnel) in Rotterdam, Netherlands: This colorfully-painted tunnel links two distinct parts of a historic neighborhood.

Atlas Obscura 2017
2.84km
A Dutch Valhalla for Cactus and Succulent Lovers

Trompenburg Gardens and Arboretum is a well-hidden green secret.

Atlas Obscura 2014
0.15km
The Luchtsingel

Discover The Luchtsingel in Rotterdam, Netherlands: Built by crowdsourcing, this wooden foot bridge saved a part of Rotterdam that was languishing in wait of city funding.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.45km
Schouwburgplein Kinetic Lamp Posts

Discover Schouwburgplein Kinetic Lamp Posts in Rotterdam, Netherlands: Four giant movable street lights decorate this modern Rotterdam square.

Audio Guide
0.87km
Audio Guide
Life Rotterdam city tour
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