If I had to sum up Rotterdam in one phrase, it would be “City of Creative Architecture.” What Rotterdam lacks in classic European charm, it makes up for in innovative and creative structures that you won’t see anywhere else in the world. The city was almost completely destroyed in World War II and has since been rebuilt. If you take the metro to station Blaak, you will find the Cube Houses, or Kubuswoningen. For three euros, you can have a look inside one of them and bask in its original 1970s motif.
This is a library if you can believe it!
Just across the way from the Cube Houses, is this mammoth of an indoor market, Markthal. It was designed based on a rumor that the EU was going to ban outdoor markets. This never happened, but that didn’t stop the project from happening. After five years of construction, Markthal opened its doors in 2014. The outer horseshoe of Markthal is residential apartments and office spaces and has an amazing mural covering the entire inside walls and ceiling. The ground floor is filled with cafes and food stalls selling everything from sweets and donuts to cheese and vegetables. The lower level has a supermarket and under that is a three level parking garage!
Maastunnel, the oldest car tunnel in the Netherlands, runs under the Nieuwe Maas. There are also separate paths for bikes and pedestrians.
For more on my adventure in Rotterdam, as well as some helpful tips, check out the video below!