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Atlas Obscura Schouwburgplein Kinetic Lamp Posts

The Schouwburgplein (Theater Square) is in the very heart of Rotterdam, right next to the philharmonic orchestra, mega-cinema, museum quarter, and shopping streets. This makes it an important pedestrian hub for anyone visiting the city. Today, it is a big and open modern square, and it’s hard to imagine anything else. But it used to be a simple concrete block with no imagination whatsoever. 

This was changed in the late 1990s when landscape architect Adriaan Geuze designed what’s been called one of the most modern urban squares in the world. The square was raised about two feet above the ground to contrast it from the surrounding area, and a floor was made out of a mixture of materials including sheet metal, wood, and glass. A giant, 200-foot bench was installed on the east side to allow people to enjoy the sunshine, and four massive, red, bent streetlamps were installed to light the square at night.

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Audio Guide
0.79km
Audio Guide
Medieval Rotterdam Walk
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Atlas Obscura 2021
0.15km
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 2020
0.68km
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
1.72km
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
0.54km
The Delftse Poort

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

Atlas Obscura 2018
0.8km
Blaak House

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

Audio Guide
0.67km
Audio Guide
Rotterdam Round Trip
en nl
Atlas Obscura 2020
2km
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
0.69km
Sylvette

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

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.93km
The Polaroid

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

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.31km
A Statue of the Second-Tallest Dutchman, Ever

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

Atlas Obscura 2020
0.39km
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.

Atlas Obscura 2020
2.3km
Tovertunnel (Magic Tunnel)

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

Post 2019
0.37km
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
0.39km
Fikkie

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

Atlas Obscura 2022
2.01km
New Ocean Paradise

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

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.41km
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
0.71km
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
0.21km
Kraatpaal

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

Atlas Obscura 2022
4.04km
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 2014
0.56km
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 2015
0.52km
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
1.44km
Schoonoord Historical Garden

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

Brutalism 1951
0.44km
Groothandelsgebouw
Audio Guide
0.67km
Audio Guide
Rotterdam Maritime Short Trip
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Atlas Obscura 2020
1.12km
Schaakstukkenmuseum

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Atlas Obscura 2016
1.13km
Cube House

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

Audio Guide
1.35km
Audio Guide
Urbirun Rotterdam – Highlights
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Audio Guide
0.73km
Audio Guide
The Bombardment of Rotterdam
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Audio Guide
0.22km
Audio Guide
The stories of The West-Kruiskade
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Atlas Obscura 2020
1.08km
Rotterdam’s Old City Wall

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Atlas Obscura 2019
1.69km
Het Badkonijn

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Place
0.45km
Rotterdam
Atlas Obscura 2019
0.47km
In Rotterdam, a Huge Teapot Lights Up a Nursing Home

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Audio Guide
1.21km
Audio Guide
Rotterdam, city of marines
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Atlas Obscura 2019
0.78km
Biopik

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

Atlas Obscura 2017
3.04km
A Dutch Valhalla for Cactus and Succulent Lovers

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