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Atlas Obscura De Brandgrens (The Blaze Boundary)

Rotterdam is known for its modern and daring architecture that draws many people to the city’s center. The center is also home to reminders of when the city was bombed by Nazi Germany in 1940. 

The local government has fought hard to make certain the city’s history and links to the past are not forgotten.

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Atlas Obscura 2019
0.45km
The BMW

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

Audio Guide
0.8km
Audio Guide
Rotterdam Maritime Short Trip
en
Audio Guide
1.45km
Audio Guide
Urbirun Rotterdam – Highlights
en fr
Audio Guide
0.94km
Audio Guide
Medieval Rotterdam Walk
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Place
0.53km
Rotterdam
Atlas Obscura 2019
1.46km
Schoonoord Historical Garden

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

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.46km
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
1.58km
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.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.8km
Biopik

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

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.85km
The Polaroid

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

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.85km
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 2014
0.61km
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
0.73km
Sylvette

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

Atlas Obscura 2017
3.19km
A Dutch Valhalla for Cactus and Succulent Lovers

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

Atlas Obscura 2020
0.73km
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.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.55km
Het Badkonijn

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

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.15km
Schouwburgplein Kinetic Lamp Posts

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

Post 2019
0.51km
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
0.33km
In Rotterdam, a Huge Teapot Lights Up a Nursing Home

The beautiful design covers the building's facade.

Audio Guide
0.86km
Audio Guide
The Bombardment of Rotterdam
en
Atlas Obscura 2020
2.19km
Tovertunnel (Magic Tunnel)

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

Atlas Obscura 2020
1.23km
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.

Brutalism 1951
0.32km
Groothandelsgebouw
Atlas Obscura 2019
0.31km
Kraatpaal

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

Atlas Obscura 2022
4.09km
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.

Atlas Obscura 2020
1.27km
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.

Audio Guide
0.07km
Audio Guide
The stories of The West-Kruiskade
en nl
Audio Guide
1.36km
Audio Guide
Rotterdam, city of marines
en
Atlas Obscura 2019
0.64km
The Delftse Poort

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

Atlas Obscura 2020
0.45km
Rotterdam Jazz Artists Memorial

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

Atlas Obscura 2018
2.65km
Maastunnel

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

Audio Guide
0.8km
Audio Guide
Rotterdam Round Trip
en nl
Atlas Obscura 2015
0.53km
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.

Atlas Obscura 2018
0.95km
Blaak House

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

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.17km
A Statue of the Second-Tallest Dutchman, Ever

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

Atlas Obscura 2020
2.08km
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 2022
1.99km
New Ocean Paradise

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

Atlas Obscura 2016
1.28km
Cube House

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