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Atlas Obscura De Hef

This historical railway bridge is dear to many Rotterdam residents, as it’s the first structure that was restored after a devastating bombing during World War II.

The bridge was built in 1927 to replace an old rotating bridge from 1878. This old bridge was a big issue at that time due to how slowly it operated, slowing down both the water and rail traffic. All of this frustration peaked when a German ship collided with the central part in 1918. 

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Atlas Obscura 2019
1.68km
Sylvette

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

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.88km
Schouwburgplein Kinetic Lamp Posts

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

Atlas Obscura 2019
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The BMW

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

Atlas Obscura 2021
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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
3.19km
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 2019
1.74km
Kraatpaal

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

Atlas Obscura 2017
2.14km
A Statue of the Second-Tallest Dutchman, Ever

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

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1.07km
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Rotterdam, city of marines
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Atlas Obscura 2019
3.61km
The Polaroid

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

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2.08km
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The stories of The West-Kruiskade
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Atlas Obscura 2020
1.63km
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Discover Kunsthalte (Witte de Withstraat Tram Stop) in Rotterdam, Netherlands: An art installation memorializing a tram stop, which became a tram stop.

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1.18km
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The Bombardment of Rotterdam
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Atlas Obscura 2020
3.55km
Tovertunnel (Magic Tunnel)

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

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1.24km
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Rotterdam Round Trip
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Atlas Obscura 2019
2.26km
In Rotterdam, a Huge Teapot Lights Up a Nursing Home

The beautiful design covers the building's facade.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.79km
The Delftse Poort

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

Atlas Obscura 2015
1.8km
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 2020
0.91km
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 2014
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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 2018
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Discover Maastunnel in Rotterdam, Netherlands: The Netherlands' first car tunnel has an unusually rectangular shape.

Atlas Obscura 2022
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New Ocean Paradise

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

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Groothandelsgebouw
Atlas Obscura 2018
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Blaak House

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

Atlas Obscura 2020
0.94km
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 2019
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Fikkie

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

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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.

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Atlas Obscura 2016
0.93km
Cube House

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

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.57km
Het Badkonijn

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

Atlas Obscura 2020
1.71km
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 2017
1.53km
A Dutch Valhalla for Cactus and Succulent Lovers

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

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.19km
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 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.

Post 2019
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1.11km
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Atlas Obscura 2020
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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
1.73km
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Discover Biopik in Rotterdam, Netherlands: A giant yellow phallus sculpture hidden in the gardens of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

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1.3km
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Medieval Rotterdam Walk
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