Rotterdam is the coolest city — and these epic pics prove it!

It’s official: we’re mega-fans of Rotterdam! Shedding its crappy parts and putting up new amazing architectural highlights, Rotterdam is like a caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly over the past few years.

As a born Rotterdammer I already had the pleasure of writing at DutchReview about some great photographers in Rotterdam. Now, let’s look at some of the best and latest shots of Rotterdam!

Epic Rotterdam by Gestaltes

There is one account on Instagram called Gestaltes, that just kept posting pics and there was something special about them. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why they made Rotterdam look so special, but I did know that I wanted to keep seeing more and more! Before we get our minds blown by these pictures, be sure to visit their website, drop a like at their Facebook-page or follow their analog Gestaltes account!

Anyway, let’s look at some spectacular shots of a few iconic architectural Rotterdam buildings one at a time or as they say in Rotterdam: geen woorden maar daden — no words but deeds.

The Erasmus bridge

It’s a fairly young bridge, but now a symbol of the port city. Recently the bridge made it onto all kinds of “best bridges in the world” lists and you can see why:

Have you seen this bridge yet? Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
It’s something else! Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
Erasmus bridge at night! Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.

De Rotterdam

Right next to the Erasmus bridge you can find “De Rotterdam” building. It’s huge and was only completed a few years ago, but is already a crowd favourite.

Check out that architecture! Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
Rotterdam is known for its modern buildings. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
Look at this giant! Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
Not like Amsterdam at all! Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.

New Orleans

Right next to De Rotterdam (in the above pic), is the New Orleans building. New Orleans is a 46-storey, 158 m residential skyscraper and designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira. It is currently the tallest residential building in the Netherlands.

Echt Modern. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
Imagine living here. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
Heck. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
And at night! Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.

Kop van Zuid

All these buildings and the Cruise Terminal are located at the “Kop van Zuid” (or Llyod-quarter). It’s a Walhalla for architecture lovers and photographers.

A Dutch city like no other. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
You have to wonder where they took inspiration from. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
An interesting view. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
Old meets new. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
No windmills here. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.

The Central Station of Rotterdam

Amsterdam has been working for decades on theirs — but Rotterdam finished its awesome station under its budget and time schedule (and it’s lit af).

Check out this building! Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
Functionality meets fashion. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
The station boasts multiple platforms. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
An innovative building. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.

Tons of other architectural highlights

Rotterdam has tons of other plans for new and epic buildings and there’s still plenty in the city to discover.

And we didn’t even specifically talk about the Markthal and the Cube houses.Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
Check out that wall art. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
And this interesting design. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
An eclectic combination of designs. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
Is that the moon?? Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
That’s one strong bridge. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
The city is beautiful. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
Pointy. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.

Fun-fact: this is the Buttplug Gnome in Rotterdam

The bronze statue was intended to show Santa holding a festive bell and a Christmas tree, but the artist that made it; Paul McCarthy, did it a bit different.

After some moaning by Rotterdammers about the costs, the sexually active gnome was adopted and loved by the city.

Kabouter buttplug :D. Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.

That’s it for now! If you still want to see more epic Rotterdam pics by the guys from Gestaltes then be sure to check their website! (where you can buy their stuff too!)

Feature Image: Gestaltes/Supplied.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in January 2018, and was fully updated in December 2020 for your reading pleasure. 

Abuzer van Leeuwen 🇳🇱
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]


  1. Such a beautiful city! a total espectacular architectonic style, that seems to ve unique un the world!


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