Architecture

If you love architecture, Rotterdam is definitely worth a visit. In the city centre, historic buildings and characteristic post-war reconstruction architecture clash cheerfully with the hypermodern skyscrapers built in more recent decades. The Cube Houses, Erasmus bridge, Rotterdam Central Station and the Markthal: visit them by yourself or book one of the many (guided) city tours.

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Simultaan Modernisme – Simultanität der Moderne

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Public Art Depot (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen)

Cultural organisation

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De Markthal

You'll find an indoor market hall in various world-class cities, but the combination with luxury housing makes Rotterdam's Markthal the first of its kind. The apartments are draped over the food market in a horseshoe configuration. The Markthal has about 100 fresh food stands, nearly 15 food shops and various restaurants, with a supermarket and a four-level underground car park below. As you wander amongst the market stands, look up to enjoy the massive artwork sprawling across the ceiling: the 'Horn of Plenty' by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam.
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Centraal Station Rotterdam

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Architecture tours

UrbanGuides - Bikes

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Roaming Rotterdam

Pedestrians discover Rotterdam with ‘Roaming Rotterdam’

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City of Architecture

Architecture aficionados come from all across the globe to admire the city. The attraction is unsurprising: the city's story, the bombardment and reconstruction, plus the courage involved in commissioning big-name architects to contribute to the cityscape, past and present, makes a visit to Rotterdam fascinating and intriguing. 

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Download the Rotterdam Tourist app

Download the Rotterdam Tourist app

Receive a discount with the Rotterdam Welcome Card

Receive a discount with the Rotterdam Welcome Card