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Atlas Obscura Rotterdam’s Old City Wall

Rotterdam is a very modern city with many contemporary trappings. However, this doesn’t mean the city isn’t an old one, as it has been around for nearly 700 years. 

The city of Rotterdam was founded around the 13th century when a dam was constructed on the Rotte river and people began populating the nearby landscape. Rotterdam began as a small town and was granted cityhood around 1340. This new designation allowed the city to construct various fortifications, one being a defensive wall that was completed around a century later. 

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Atlas Obscura 2019
2.71km
Het Badkonijn

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

Atlas Obscura 2022
0.91km
De Hef

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

Atlas Obscura 2017
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A Dutch Valhalla for Cactus and Succulent Lovers

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

Atlas Obscura 2020
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Tovertunnel (Magic Tunnel)

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

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

The beautiful design covers the building's facade.

Atlas Obscura 2020
1.73km
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 2015
1.2km
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 2019
1.08km
Schouwburgplein Kinetic Lamp Posts

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

Atlas Obscura 2021
1.23km
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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1.12km
Audio Guide
Urbirun Rotterdam – Highlights
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Atlas Obscura 2022
2.38km
New Ocean Paradise

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

Atlas Obscura 2018
0.36km
Blaak House

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

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Rotterdam, city of marines
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Atlas Obscura 2022
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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
0.88km
The Delftse Poort

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

Atlas Obscura 2020
1.13km
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
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Kraatpaal

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Atlas Obscura 2019
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Fikkie

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Atlas Obscura 2019
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Atlas Obscura 2020
0.09km
Schaakstukkenmuseum

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Atlas Obscura 2019
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Sylvette

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

Atlas Obscura 2019
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The Polaroid

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Medieval Rotterdam Walk
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Atlas Obscura 2019
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0.17km
Audio Guide
Life Rotterdam city tour
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Atlas Obscura 2017
1.38km
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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0.6km
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Rotterdam Round Trip
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Atlas Obscura 2018
2.87km
Maastunnel

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

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Rotterdam
Atlas Obscura 2019
1.7km
Schoonoord Historical Garden

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1.3km
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The stories of The West-Kruiskade
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Brutalism 1951
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Groothandelsgebouw
Atlas Obscura 2016
0.1km
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
1.06km
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 2014
1.11km
The Luchtsingel

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The Bombardment of Rotterdam
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Atlas Obscura 2019
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Post 2019
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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.