Andrea wanted to see more of the Netherlands this time around, so we decided to go with my mother, Andrea and I to Rotterdam. Rotterdam is very important to the Netherlands, since most of the shipfreight comes through the Port of Rotterdam. From there on it goes on trucks and freight trains to the rest of Europe.
Rotterdam has an excellent public transport system (Train, Subway, Busses and even trams). The city is very easy to navigate and there are lots of things to do. I think you need 3 days to explore Rotterdam and the Hague at it’s fullest. 5 days would be even better.
Markthall and Cubic houses
Rotterdam was totally destroyed during the second world war, therefore most of the buildings are pretty new, for that reason you can find more high rise buildings than in the rest of country. Andrea and I visited the Markthall (Market hall), where we tasted a lot of different food. Andrea loves Poffertjes, so of course we had to try some here as well.
Later on we went to visit the Cubic houses, which are just behind the Markthall, the cubic houses were made in 1977, for that time it is really impressive that building something abstract like this was possible. There is a small house you can visit as well (for 3 euro per person). Honestly, I wouldn’t want to live in a house like this.
Spido Boat tour
After we walked around a bit close the river, we had a lunch close the Erasmusbridge. Underneath the Erasmusbridge the Spido Boat tours are docking and leaving. Before we left I booked 3 tickets for a tour of 2 hours so we could cruise a long the rivers and see Rotterdam from a different perspective. The information that the automatic voice is also very interesting. Even though it was quite cold that day Andrea liked Rotterdam very much.
After the tour it was getting late already, so we decided to walk back towards the Markthall and eat Sushi at Sumo. It was my first time trying sushi and too bad I didn’t like the raw fish with seaweed. However I like the meat and I even tried duck!
It was very nice to be able to Show Andrea a different part of the Netherlands. She never visited Rotterdam before. But I am sure she will remember it.