Did you know that the roof above the tracks of the Rotterdam Central Station is partly covered with solar panels? These flow over into the roof above the station’s hall, the tip of which points to the city centre. Need time to take in this architectural masterpiece? Relax with a cup of coffee next door at Engels, a restaurant in the Groothandelsgebouw, a building that symbolises the reconstruction of Rotterdam. Take the lift to the 7th floor for a beautiful view.
On your way to the Schouwburgplein, admire the striking residential building De Calypso next door to the copper-coloured Pauluskerk church. Relax on the green lounge elements at Schouwburgplein. This square is situated on the roof of a parking garage and is praised and maligned by architect critics across the world. Around the square you’ll find De Doelen concert hall, the Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg and cinema Pathé Schouwburgplein.
Walk through the Korte Lijnbaan to the City Hall, one of the few buildings that survived the 1940 bombing of Rotterdam. This monumental building in Beaux-Art style with Byzantine, Roman and Art-Deco influences is symmetrically designed and built around a beautiful garden which can be reached from the street that crosses through the City Hall. If you want to look around inside, book a tour in advance.
There’s no chance of catching your breath in the Markthal. Visit the shops and fresh food stalls and look up and admire the artwork ‘Horn of Plenty’ by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam. On the escalators you’ll find the free exhibition De Tijdtrap. Have lunch at Jamie’s Italian. If you didn’t manage dessert then stop for a stroopwafel (Dutch syrup waffle), a donut or something else sweet to take away.
Take the tram, metro or walk along the Boompjesboulevard, pass the Erasmusbrug to the Wilhelminaplein. Here you can admire the high towers at the Wilhelmina Pier, like De Rotterdam, a triple tower skyscraper designed by Rotterdam architect Rem Koolhaas. Book a tour through De Rotterdam with Rotterdam Tours or, for something different, catch a (jazz) concert or arthouse movie at the LantarenVenster in the New Orleans building.
Head in the direction of Aloha, a bar and restaurant in the wild-water slide of the former swimming paradise Tropicana.
Amble past the houseboats and historical ships in the Wijnhaven back to the Mainport Design Hotel.