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The SS Rotterdam was the largest cruise liner ever built in The Netherlands (1958) and can be counted among the most succesful of its kind. Materials, furnishing and art are solely Dutch.
The SS Rotterdam is now permanently berthed in Rotterdam after having sailed the world seas for some 38 years as part of the Holland-America Line fleet.
You can visit the ship, book a table in the restaurant, enjoy theatre or organise any small or large event on the ship.
Click here for information on tours and visits.
Address: 3e Katendrechtse Hoofd 25, 3072 AM Rotterdam
Directions: Take metro D from Central Station to Slinge / De Akkers, descend at Rijnhaven. Downstairs you will find the stop of bus 77 to 'ss Rotterdam' or 'Katendrecht'.
The crow's nest (where you find restaurants) was built at the foot of the tower and the whole 240.000 tonnes was lifted up onto the tower. The Euromast is solely for tourism and on good days you can see 30 km's far.
Adults € 8.90
Children, aged 4 - 11 € 5.70
Children& Speuromaster € 8.90
Children& Expeditie Euromast € 12.80
If you like abseilen (photo 4), have a look here. It costs 45 euro per person.
Address: Parkhaven, Rotterdam
This is a really fun thing to do, to learn more about Rotterdam during a tram ride!
From October-April there's a special tram that takes you through Rotterdam in 90 minutes. During that time there is a real Rotterdam speaker who tells you all about the sights you see. And there's live music (accordeon) to accompany his talk. Last but not least: traditional Dutch peasoup (snert) and drinks are served during the ride.
Even though I know Rotterdam well, I learned a good few new things. And the trip really covers a large area of Rotterdam, going east to Delfshaven, south to Kop van Zuid and Feyenoord, and the modern center (Coolsingel), Kralingen (east).
The ride costs € 15 per person and you can make reservations with the details below.
A tour with an English speaking guide, or other languages, is possible. But only as a group. This costs € 150 per tour plus the individual fare of € 15 p.p. But it is exclusive!
3034 EM Rotterdam
Address: Boezemstraat 188, 3034 EM Rotterdam
Directions: From station Blaak, take bus 46 (2 strips, 10 min. ride) to Boezemstraat.
Other Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 010 4148079
Arboretum Trompenburg 2008
Arboretum Trompenburg has one of the most extensive tree collections in the world. The park is 7 hectares large and the first design was started in 1820. As far as I could tell, not one tree or shrub is the same. Just imagine it is really is a museum of trees.
The park is just beautiful in late spring. I am not knowledgeable about all this but I can appreciate that there are some very special species there.
There's a very nice book available, full colour, hard bound, in English (!) for only 15 euro that you can buy in the bookshop there.
Entrance is only € 4. The park is open 1 April - 31 October, Mon-Fri, 9-17 hrs and Sat/Sun 10-16 hrs. Outside these months only on Sunday. Free entry during the national museumweekend in April.
Simply go there and enjoy. Or if not, there are 5 photos in this tip :-)
Address: Honingerdijk 86, 3062 NX Rotterdam
Directions: Public transportation: From Central Station, tram 21 direction De Esch, stop Woudestein.
Or Bus 98, stop Woudestein. By car: From A16 take junction 25 direction Centrum. Follow signs Honingerdijk/Arboretum Trompenburg.
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Rotterdam, Cubic houses
Kijkkubus: Look inside one of the cubic houses.
You'll be amazed how logical it seems, once you're inside. Personally I'd find it a little small to live in but it is unusual.
Address: Overblaak 70, Rotterdam
Directions: Take a metro to Blaak.
Phone: +31 10 4142285
Donner is the largest bookstore in The Netherlands. Many floors with books, music, cd's, sheet music, luxury pens & paper. Every department in the bookstore has its own specialists.
Often, people just come to Rotterdam to spend a day here.
There are regular concerts, presentations, seminars and autographing by famous authors from all over the world. This bookstore is really on top of who's HOT in literary circles. From famous football hero's to former US presidents...
I worked here for 11 years until 2001.
Address: Lijnbaan 150, Rotterdam
Phone: + 31 10 4132070
ROTTERDAM BOYMANS VAN BEUNINGEN MUSEUM
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen - principal museum in Rotterdam
Old Art, Decorative Art, Print Room, Modern Art.
The museum was built by the famous Dutch architect Berlage.
In May 2003 a whole new wing was opened. The photo shows only part of the museum. In the back there is the new wing (glass wall).
Address: Museumpark, Rotterdam
Directions: From Central Station, walk straight on for about 15 minutes. Past Park hotel, then turn right at the next street.
The big cruise ships in Rotterdam
The Tourist Office website is a great resource for anything to do in Rotterdam during the year. I suggest you take a look. The website is also in English.
Anything to do with events, concerts, exhibitions, accommodation. Rotterdam has a full agenda, pulling away major events from Amsterdam lately. If you think that's a smirk, well a tiny one. Amsterdam is a great city but I am very pro-Rotterdam :-)
Address: Coolsingel 67, Rotterdam
Phone: 0900 4034065
Oceanium in Rotterdam Zoo
Rotterdam Zoo, also known as 'Blijdorp' is one of the major Dutch zoos. You'll enjoy the many animals and the great addition: Oceanium!
Newly opened (2001): Oceanium.
In Summer 2000, phase 1 of the Oceanium in Rotterdam Zoo is opened to the public. This new ‘water world' is the largest project in the Rotterdam Zoo Master Plan that has been developed until now. Here, you can make a voyage of discovery starting at the Scottish coast of the North Sea and going across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean. During the weeks to come, the voyage can be extended to include the coasts of South and North America. Oceanium will be officially opened in the couse of 2001.
The voyage through this ‘water world' begins off the coast of Scotland at Bass Rock, an island that harbours puffins, auks and guillemots. The next part of the trip means ducking under the surface. Strolling along the seabed, visitors can admire the many different underwater inhabitants of the North Sea such as bottom sharks, squid and schools of fish swimming in their large aquariums. Later this year, jellyfish will be pulsating beautifully through the water as well. After the North Sea comes a tunnel measuring 26 metres in length representing the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean where visitors can literally be surrounded by such inhabitants of the deep as Atlantic great white sharks, nurse sharks, hammerhead sharks and sea turtles. This gigantic basin is filled with three million litres of seawater. At the end of the tunnel (representing the deepest point of the seabed) is a whale and deep-sea exhibit displaying such things as a 17-metre-long model of a humpback whale. Next to this exhibit is a laboratory, open to the public, where visitors can see what it's like to be in a scientist's shoes. This laboratory gives an impression of what it's like to be behind the scenes in a professionally equipped marine biology laboratory.
The voyage of discovery is then routed through the sensationally coloured fish and corals of the Caribbean to a beach populated by turtles and fluttering multicoloured butterflies. At this point, the visitor might want to stop for something to drink at the typically Antillean outdoor café. Then, from the Caribbean, the voyage continues through the colourful reefs of the Sea of Cortez to the California coast where playful sea otters and the sea lions frolic in their spacious accommodations.
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Address: Blijdorplaan 8, Rotterdam
Directions: The Riviera Hall entrance is very close to the Rotterdam Central Station.
It's a 12 minutes' walk, or take busservice 44, 49 or 129. Take bus 33 to
Spido boatride through the harbours of Rotterdam takes you from the foot of the Erasmus bridge to the east towards Brienenoord bridge and back west, under the Erasmus bridge towards the imposing harbour area.
Address: Location: see website
Directions: Metro: stop Leuvehaven, then cross over to the foot of the Erasmusbridge.
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