Raving Rotterdam: Scenes from the Dutch city of Cool

Rotterdam is coincidentally not mentioned in the top-lists of many trip-advisors. The spectacular industrial scenery is unique, and together with new icons of modern architecture such as the Central Station it makes for a must-see city.

After the  success of “the Amazing Netherlands in 10 pictures” we are more than happy to team up once again with Roy Poots and give you a glimpse of what to expect when you’re visiting the Netherlands’ most daring and cool city: Rotterdam!

So what’s on the menu?


After sailing the seas for 40 years this steamship is open for the public since 2010. The stationary role assumed by the ship after her sailing years is everything but passive though. The ship hosts a hotel, restaurant, and several conference rooms, and provides guided tours for the public, and she also makes for one helluva object for pretty pictures as you can see:



Being the largest of Europe the port of Rotterdam is one of the city’s biggest selling points. The hard-working mentality of it’s people originating from harbour labour is shown in the enormous industrial area the Maasvlakte. The 24-hour work economy offers some beautiful nightly pictures.



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This area in the North of the city shows an image of Rotterdam you don’t see very often. Due to bombings in the second world war there aren’t a lot of historical buildings left, but Delfshaven saves the day if you’re looking for a historical view of the city.

Rotterdam is known about the new sights, but don't forget to visit the historical sight if you have the chance!
Historical buildings in Rotterdam-Delfshaven.

History in Rotterdam

Erasmus area

In the heart of the city crossing the river the Maas is the Erasmus bridge. The bridge provides a beautiful skyline since it’s opening in 1999. The Katendrecht-area on the south side of the city is an upcoming neighbourhood with lots of bars, restaurants and the largest theatre of the city. (read more about the gentrification of Rotterdam)

Famous spot in Rotterdam.
Erasmusbrug by night
It was a terrific night and I was able to capture this moment. This one has been shot with a Samyang 14mm prime.
Erasmusbrug by night
One of the most beautiful skylines of the world
Rijnhaven – One of the most beautiful skylines of the world
We use this pic a lot with DutchReview (like on twitter). Awesome work by Roy!
We use this pic a lot with DutchReview (like on our twitter). Awesome work by Roy!
Can't leave out the gigantic 'De Rotterdam' building
Can’t leave out the gigantic ‘De Rotterdam’ building out this one

Central Station

After ten years of construction Rotterdam Central station was officially opened in 2014. The entrance of the city by train became a real eye-catcher and fits in the industrial architecture of the city beautifully. This highly modern design is a perfect reflection of the cities spirit that is fast, hard-working and a little against the grain.

“Almost ready” The construction of the Central Station was completed according to its time-schedule and for less than the original budget
Frontside Central Station Rotterdam
This is a panorama stitch of the wonderful city Rotterdam, at the central station.
Behind the Central Station of Rotterdam
Rotterdam Central Station from above

From above and beyond

What’s better to tie it all together then some aerial shots of Rotterdam?

This stadium deserves it’s own article
Right in the middle of the river lies the Noordereiland
For the first time ever i've played with the new Trey Ratcliff tool - Macphun Aurora HDR. I like this tool it has a lot of amazing controls in it. I'm curious in which way it can be useful for me in the future. 
 This photo goes back to 2012 when I was working at the Delftse Poort in Rotterdam, Nationale Nederlanden. Martin van Helden should also be mentioned, we took this shot together :).
It’s pics like these that single out Rotterdam as the true city of the Netherlands, without the village-like charm of the rest of the Netherlands
For more pics of that pretty Markthal building, go here and here
For more pics of that pretty Markthal building, go here and here

Want to see more of Rotterdam? We’ve got plenty of options for that. There’s Roy’s FB-page and of course our Instagram:

Crazy beautiful skies today. Rotterdam Central by @sophiaontwerpt #skyporn #centraalstation #rotterdamcentraal #purplesky

Een foto die is geplaatst door DutchReview (@dutchreview) op

Feel free to tag, share, shout out, cat-call and telegraph your best pictures of Rotterdam to us!

Still want to see more of Rotterdam? Here’s a nice entry on how Rotterdam is fast becoming a smart city or here’s one how Rotterdam can be very ugly at the same time as well.

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Abuzer van Leeuwen 🇳🇱http://www.abuzervanleeuwen.nl
Founded DutchReview. Rotterdammer living in Leiden. Politics, innovation and epic food-reviews are his thing. Interested in doing anything with DutchReview? Contact him at abuzer[at]dutchreview.com



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