to be a harsh industrial port city. But Rotterdam, in fact, turned out to be very cozy, beautifully modern and, most importantly, a quiet town.
Our acquaintance with the city started with a walk to the port. The port of Rotterdam was the largest port in the world until 2004, handing over the title to the Shanghai Port. Pleasure boats across were very comfortable.
The port is huge. During our 1.5-hour walk, we saw roughly 10 port areas, and more than 50 were left on the horizon.
(far to the left) is a symbol of Rotterdam.
Containers and bulk cargos, and everything that can be transported by vessel, are unloaded at the port.
There were several vessels in the port area.
Here are river locks and a windmill, the symbol of Holland.
Here are locks and one of the symbols of Rotterdam - the
Euromast is 606 foot (185 meters) tall tower, built between 1958 and the 1960s, for the flower exhibition Floriade, 1960. The tower is a concrete structure 29 feet (9 meters) wide, with walls 11 inches (30 cm) thick. An observation deck and restaurant 314 feet (96 meters) up. If that's not enough, you can climb the stairs or take the elevator to a height of 367 feet (112 meters) and . . .
...then you can ascend even higher, up to 606 feet (185 meters) by "EuroScope" - a special panoramic cab, that rotates around its axis. It rotates, by the way, quite rapidly, so it is not suitable for everyone. Rotterdam is famous for its architecture; unusual shapes and forms. For example, below you can see cubic houses.
Below is a photo from inside, in the bedroom.
This is the kitchen.
However, there are also regular looking buildings.
This is the subway in Rotterdam. One trip cost (as of 2010) about 3 euros. The ticket is valid for one hour.
The stations are shallow and quite beautiful.
We then spent half a day at the local zoo.
It is a kind of hybrid between a botanical garden and a zoo, with a huge and beautiful territory that is home to hundreds of different species of animals and reptiles.
The entrance fee was about (as of 2010) 10-14 euros per person.
In the evening, the city was unusually beautiful and full of lights.
Below is the Maritime Museum. The cranes are part of the exhibits.
The Erasmus Bridge is one of the symbols of Rotterdam, and it connects the southern and the northern parts of the city.