In 1898, Rotterdam’s ‘White House’ (the White House) was the tallest office building in the city and Europe’s first skyscraper at all of 43 metres. It has a beautiful façade of white glazed brick adorned with Art Nouveau mosaics and statues, and extremely modern at the time was its observation platform atop the building’s flat roof and its barred-door lifts.
The Witte Huis is one of the few buildings in the city centre that survived the German bombardments of 14 May 1940. It is a national monument, and is also on the UNESCO world heritage list. Since 2013, visitors have been able to enjoy the beautiful view of Rotterdam’s picturesque Oude Haven and a fine cup of coffee at the Grand Café Het Witte Huis on the ground floor.