A 45-minute walk around the city from the hotel (about 70 if you stop a couple of times).
The first stop is Blue City, an incubator for entrepreneurs focusing on the values of the circular economy. The building used to be a tropical swimming pool, but today it’s home to several sustainable businesses. Grab a drink at Aloha restaurant and get a glimpse of how entrepreneurs are disrupting everything from plastic waste to your morning coffee! More info here.
On our way to the next stop we can see the river that made Rotterdam the city it is today. You could call it the ‘vein’ to the city’s heart, which allows for ships to bring their cargo to its world-famous harbor.
Looking for an amazing view of the city’s skyline? Walk past the Maas to the Willemsbrug and go halfway up. It’s recommended to keep your phone’s camera handy 😉
This old harbor is famous for its impressive ships and many haunts for locals to meet for a drink and some food.
It’s not just art, people actually live here! From Oudehaven you can get a nice view of Piet Blom’s iconic Cube Houses. Here’s a tip: look at the backside of the buildings — it gives a totally unique perspective. These quirky buildings are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond, based on the concept of “living as an urban roof”: high-density housing with sufficient space on the ground level, as its main purpose is to optimize the space inside. They also make a great picture for your Instagram feed 😉
Continue on your way back via Haringvliet and Boerengat. — two inner canals with several permanent houseboats. They’re a great way to see how the Dutch have been living on the water!