What To Do In Rotterdam, The Netherlands | Eileen Aldis Travel Channel

What To Do In Rotterdam, The Netherlands | Eileen Aldis Travel Channel


Hi guys! Today’s video is a city tour or guide
of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. I feel like cities are a little bit like people. Sometimes they’re shy,
a bit reserved, it’s a little bit harder, takes more effort to get to know them. Sometimes people just stick their hand out
and give you a firm handshake and you get this immediate sense
of exactly who they are. I feel like Rotterdam is definitely in the latter category. The word that I think of when I picture
the city of Rotterdam is vision. Above all, the city has vision. It knows what it wants to be
and how it wants to be perceived. And when you look to its history
and the photos of the past you see that during the Second World War
Rotterdam was completely destroyed. And the city used that absolute devastation
as an opportunity to rebuild something new, something different. Really like a phoenix just rising from the ashes of war. It was a tabula rasa – a completely blank canvas –
for architects and artists and they took advantage of that opportunity. When you’re walking around the streets of Rotterdam, to me, there’s a very clear choice
that you see all around you. This was a city that was levelled by war –
absolute devastation – and there’s a choice to rebuild something new, something modern and that choice is all around you
and that’s why I find Rotterdam inspiring. Because you see the future,
and hope for the future, everywhere you look. For me, the perfect symbol for Rotterdam
is the Floating Forest. It’s the first of its kind anywhere in the world and it consists of 20 floating trees in the harbour. It calls attention to art, innovation, and sustainability which are all things that Rotterdam cultivates. And one of Rotterdam’s defining features is its harbour. It’s the largest harbour in Europe and you honestly can’t
talk about Rotterdam without mentioning the water. And these 20 live trees are bobbing around
on the water in old sea buoys. The trees themselves are also recycled in a way
because they come from the city’s tree bank. So there are 20 trees out on the water
and a 21st tree is located on the land so that you can look at it up close. And the artists, Jorge Bakker, hopes that
the forest will raise questions about the relationship
between the city dweller and nature. And I think, in this time of climate change,
this is not only relevant to Rotterdam but to the entire world. The water is such an important feature of Rotterdam and so is the Erasmus Bridge
or, in Dutch, the Erasmusbrug. It separates northern and southern Rotterdam. It’s a suspension bridge built from light blue steel
and it’s 800 metres long. It has 40 large steel cables and, at its highest point,
it reaches a height of 139 metres. It has this lovely nickname ‘the swan’
and people in Rotterdam love this bridge. Whenever I asked a local person
what I should not miss out on in the city, everyone said the Erasmusbrug. And I can see the swan but, to me,
it actually looks more like one of those Egyptian dogs with the pointy ears that kind of sit like this. I don’t know if it’s just me but from certain angles
you can see the posture and the silhouette so- I see the dog but I can also see the swan. And, if you can believe it, in 2005
as part of the Red Bull Air Race some planes actually flew underneath the bridge so- very talented pilots. Not far from the Erasmus Bridge is the
former head office of the Holland America Line and now it is Hotel New York. The Holland America Line was founded
as a shipping and passenger line and what’s interesting about this is it was actually the first connection between
the Netherlands and the United States and the first connection between the two continents. It stopped operating as a Dutch line in 1989 when it was purchased by Carnival Cruise Lines
for a cool 530 million Euro. The Market Hall or Markthal is another example
of totally unique architecture in the city of Rotterdam and it’s the first covered market
in all of the Netherlands. And why was it built? Why did they need a covered market? Because of stricter European regulations on selling
produce like fish and meat and cheese in the open air. And, as usual – I love this – the city of Rotterdam
saw this limitation as an opportunity. A challenge to innovate
and they set about to build a market that would not only adhere to the new regulations but would be a mind-blowing example
of architecture and multi-use space. So not only is this hall complete with
food vendors and shops and restaurants, it’s also a residential space. There are 230 apartments, many of which have windows that face into the hall. You can see people cooking or doing their laundry and it also includes underground parking
for 1200 cars in downtown Rotterdam. It opened in October 2014
after five years of construction and it’s built nearby
where Rotterdam was founded in 1270. So there were a lot of medieval objects
that were found during the construction like vases and tools and canon balls. The exterior is covered with grey natural stone and it’s the same as what you’ll find
on the Rotterdam pavement on the streets. So all of the focus is drawn to the interior. And, my god, what an interior it is. All of the attention is drawn to the roof of the Markthal. It’s a painting by an artist named Arno Coenen. It’s called the Horn of Plenty
and it’s been called the world’s largest painting. It covers 11,000 square metres. It’s huge. It’s bright and colourful and now
it’s called the Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam. Just across the square from the Market Hall
are the iconic cube houses. These were conceived and designed
by an architect named Piet Blom in the 1970s and he was given the task
by urban planners in Rotterdam to solve the dilemma of building housing
on top of a pedestrian bridge. Aside from the uniqueness of the asymmetrical design, the cube houses are meant
to represent an abstract forest. Floating forest, abstract forest, rebirth, growth – I hope you’re getting the theme of Rotterdam here. Structurally, the cubes sit tilted on a hexagonal pole and completing that tilted design
the walls and windows are all angled at 54.7 degrees. So it gives excellent views of all the surrounding area. But although the houses
optimize the space on the outside, unfortunately the same can’t be said for the inside. The drawback, which is kind of ironic,
is that, despite a total area of 100 square metres, the angled structure means that
only a quarter of that space inside is actually usable. I was extra excited to see these cube houses
because in Toronto, where I lived before becoming a nomad,
they also have cube houses. And I didn’t realize until visiting Rotterdam
that that’s what they were inspired by. And I guess in Toronto the plan was always
to build more but, in the end, Toronto only has three. I really enjoyed visiting Rotterdam and
I hope that you enjoyed seeing these highlights as well. Leave a comment down below. Tell me what your favourite part of Rotterdam is and if you enjoyed this video
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100 thoughts on “What To Do In Rotterdam, The Netherlands | Eileen Aldis Travel Channel

  1. I don’t like modern architecture out of my own personal taste, so this city looks like shit to me. Looks like a cool dystopian setting.

  2. Loved this video. I'm going to Rotterdam for my European honeymoon in September and can't wait to check out all these attractions! ??❤️

  3. Going to spend some time in Rotterdam this summer so I found this video very useful. But more than that, it seems like you put a lot of thought into the information and I really enjoyed hearing more about Rotterdam x thanks for a lovely video!

  4. Couldnt you've used that camera on a sunny day ? The city also has a lotta colored lamps also sometimes on the Erasmusbridge, they make them far more beautifull.

  5. Such a shame that it shows only rainy pictures here. Rotterdam is beautiful with a little sun a shame this video only shows heavy clouded skies.

  6. Improve my knowledge after I vaiiting all the palces I visit very detail , helpfull for people who want to visit Rotterdam ..lovely! I like it.

  7. I'm going to Amsterdam the end of August for a few days. I was thinking of going down to Rotterdam for a day trip. Would I get around it in a day(do you think). It looks lovely and inspiring from your great Video. Thanks

  8. GEEN BETON IN DE RIJNHAVEN
    LAAT DE HAVEN DE HAVEN
    DAT IS ROTTERDAM
    WATER
    HEBBEN WIJ NODIG
    HOORT BIJ ROTTERDAM
    WELKOM IN ROTTERDAM

  9. Couple of places I love…. Het Witte Huis, from where the Marines held back the Germans, Zuiderpark, next to my home. A large green and water-filled park to relax in, the Maasvlakte, where I work, which is typicall for Rotterdam: no nonsense, hardworking, and also typical Dutch: the only place to expand to, is into the Sea, so we create land from it 🙂 Because we can….

  10. Very nice but suggest you add the Central Station with photovoltaic roof, space underneath for 5800 bikes, bicycle tunnel under the river, the Kralingse Park and lake the abundance of several big bi-weekly fruit and vegetable , bike friendly city with protected bike lanes etc etc THANKS!!!!

  11. I was born in the middle of rotterdam the people you talk abouth are not real rotterdammers they are import and then say i am rotterdammer i hate wanna bee's and as a real Rotterdammer whe dont like jupies and dont care much for toerists this said toerists beter go to shithole amsterdam.
    And please dont speak for us you dont know us real Rotterdammers.

  12. Rotterdam…One of the worst city of the Netherlands….The cubehouses aren't unique. The first original cubehouses are located in Helmond, in the south of the Netherlands…
    relatively closer to for German and Flemish tourists..because Helmond is just over the border.
    For tourism you can go to ..Amsterdam (capital, red light district, canals) Den Bosch (most hospitable city, A fortified, art city with gorgeous canals), Den Haag (government courtyard, different palaces), Maastricht (Caves, Fashion and the Vrijthof) and Utrecht (canals, Domtower and his gardens) are interesting .

  13. I love my city and understand people want to visit, but some of the tourists are behaving like idiots. So some tips to blend in for the readers who may want to visit:
    – We understand the city is overwhelming but please look where you're going and walk on the pavement, not on bikelanes or in the middle of the road. And if you want to learn how to cycle, that's great! Rotterdam is not a place to discover by car, so please do rent a bike.However, the busy city centre is NOT the place to practise, so go to a quiet area to do so. And wile you're relaxing and having fun, others still have to go to work so give people room to pass.
    – If you want to drink coffee, don't ask for directions to a coffee shop because that's what we call shops selling marihuana. Marihuana is not legal in the Netherlands, you just don't get prosecuted for carrying small amounts. Don't expect everyone to be able to give you directions to a coffeeshop, because most people don't or hardly ever smoke marihuana. And many people don't like being approached for that reason, because as a country we're actually rather divided on the subject of drugs. If you must try it, please do it in a suitable location, not in a busy shopping street and certainly not in traffic because that's dangerous and illegal. And don't combine with alcohol or you'll most likely puke your guts out.
    – If you walk up to a zebra crossing, others have to stop for you, so don't walk up to one and then stop to check your phone or wait for others to catch up with you. Just cross without waiting for cars to stop completely.
    – Chances of getting robbed are very small, so just act like everyone else. Don't wear your backpack to the front or a fanny pack because it only screams 'tourist carrying valuables'. And if you want to look even less touristy leave your trail walking shoes at home and just wear sneakers. This is the Netherlands, so it's not like you're going to have to climb a mountain.
    – Don't let anyone tell you Rotterdam is dangerous or you have to avoid the south of the city, because those people probably haven't visited Rotterdam in 30 years. There are many nice places to visit in the south, like the Fenix Food Factory, the new Food Hall, or the Afrikaander Market.

  14. I hated living there. The people were provincial and rude, extremely parochial and unfriendly. I’ll take Amsterdam anytime

  15. great overview and information… Rotterdam is definitely on our list for our upcoming trip. we will try to do day trips to Delft and De Haag as well. too bad you had a rainy day for filming though. we had quite a few rainy days last October during our trip to northern Germany (Hamburg and Bremen)… still enjoyable but not the best for photos and videos.

  16. As a Dutch person living my whole life here… Rotterdam is one of the most important cities in our country, if not the most important. However, it is also the most modern, void of old culture and or feeling city I can possibly think of.
    Rotterdam in no sense of the word "emcompasses" the dutch heritage in any sense or form. However it does show the Dutch feeling towards the future. All of this is ofcourse due to our kind neighbours the Germans.
    If you want to visit the Dutch history… Weirdly enough Rotterdam is both the least historic and historically most influenced city in the Netherlands.

  17. Euromast tower and SS Rotterdam ship are other touristic attractions. Also, Rotterdam has some pretty good museums those shall be mentioned.

  18. How much does it cost to live in Rotterdam, from accommodation, transportation and food?? I would like to visit for 2months

  19. If you are planning to study or work in the Netherlands Rotterdam or Eindhoven are the way to go. If you want to settle with your kids Eindhoven is the way to go?. I do recommend Rotterdam as there are more international residents. Do not understimate the difficulty to make close friendship with the Dutch.

  20. Eileen Aldis enjoyed the video, I had a relative who worked in the Hague for a while he didn't like Rotterdam saying it was rough! I went to Rotterdam loved it and it's allot better than many cities in the UK.

  21. I missed going to Rotterdam but wish i went for the market! I've just posted a video about my first week in The Netherlands, i'd love your feedback Eileen!

  22. On Sunday I will be taking my first trip outside the UK since I was a child (over 23 years) I will be travelling to Brussels on Sunday and then onwards to Rotterdam on Monday for just under a week. I would say only 2 people inspired me to travel outside my home country and that is Anthony Bourdain and Eileen Aldis

  23. Interesting! Thank you Eileen ?.
    If haven't seen anything on the Milwaukee Art Museum, do check it out. Created by Spanish Architect , Santiago Calatrava. It's really cool and couldn't help but think of it when watching this clip.

  24. Rotterdam has many amazing perks. My favorite actually is just the centre; Lijnbaan, Beurs, Blaak etc. Very much exciting things to see, places to eat and it's not as busy as Amsterdam.

  25. Rotterdam has to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world! It is really a beacon of hope and prosperity for humankind 🙂

  26. If we're being honest most of these buildings look ugly. But because it's European we're supposed to pretend its innovative, cool and unique. The bridge is really nice tho.

  27. Cette vidéo donne vraiment envie de découvrir Rotterdam, peut-être une des rares villes entièrement détruites puis entièrement réinventées au niveau architectural. Merci beaucoup.

  28. Visited Rotterdam last November on a day trip from Amsterdam. I was intrigued by its architecture from seeing YouTube videos. Definitely have to get back as I only spent about 4 hours here.

  29. Hi! I wanna live in Holland but I don't speak the lenguage, I know that Amsterdam is "english friendly" but is possible find work in Rotterdam without speak dutch?
    Thanks

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