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Atlas Obscura Rotterdam Historic Harbor

Rotterdam has Europe’s largest port, and as such, its harbors are part of its identity. This is celebrated in the city’s art and architecture, as well as in its historic harbor.

The harbor is where old ships come, not to die, but to be admired by visitors. The small patch of water is right next to the Dutch Maritime Museum, which has been building a collection of ships and harbor equipment since the 1960s. The project is a collaboration between the museum and a foundation that conserves old inland ships.

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Atlas Obscura 2019
0.97km
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
2.4km
Het Badkonijn

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

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.17km
Schoonoord Historical Garden

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

Atlas Obscura 2022
1.19km
De Hef

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

Atlas Obscura 2020
0.53km
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 2016
0.67km
Cube House

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

Atlas Obscura 2020
2.57km
Tovertunnel (Magic Tunnel)

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

Atlas Obscura 2021
0.85km
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.

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0.59km
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Medieval Rotterdam Walk
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0.05km
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Rotterdam Maritime Short Trip
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Post 2019
0.65km
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
0.85km
The Delftse Poort

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

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.6km
Sylvette

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

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.43km
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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0.01km
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The Bombardment of Rotterdam
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Atlas Obscura 2020
0.58km
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
1.03km
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.

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0.05km
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Rotterdam Round Trip
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Brutalism 1951
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Groothandelsgebouw
Atlas Obscura 2022
1.85km
New Ocean Paradise

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

Atlas Obscura 2019
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Kraatpaal

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

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0.9km
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The stories of The West-Kruiskade
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Atlas Obscura 2018
0.22km
Blaak House

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

Atlas Obscura 2020
0.65km
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.

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0.65km
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Rotterdam, city of marines
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Atlas Obscura 2019
0.71km
Schouwburgplein Kinetic Lamp Posts

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

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.95km
A Statue of the Second-Tallest Dutchman, Ever

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

Atlas Obscura 2020
1.43km
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
0.7km
Biopik

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

Atlas Obscura 2015
0.65km
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
0.76km
Audio Guide
Urbirun Rotterdam – Highlights
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Atlas Obscura 2020
0.55km
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
1.07km
In Rotterdam, a Huge Teapot Lights Up a Nursing Home

The beautiful design covers the building's facade.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.5km
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
2.59km
The Polaroid

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

Atlas Obscura 2018
2.39km
Maastunnel

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

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0.88km
Rotterdam
Audio Guide
0.63km
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Life Rotterdam city tour
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Atlas Obscura 2022
3.51km
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 2017
2.49km
A Dutch Valhalla for Cactus and Succulent Lovers

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