When in Rotterdam you have to see the famous Cubic Houses, also known in Dutch as the Blaakse Bos (Blaak Forest) situated at Blaak. These unique houses were designed by architect Piet Blom in 1977, representing trees in the city center. The original plan of 55 houses resulted in 39 completed, all built at 45 degrees. Its unique that each house has 106 square metres (1,100 sq ft), but realistically there is 1/4 of the space unusable based on the shape! Continue reading “The Cubic Houses Of Rotterdam”
From February 9th to 13th 2018 you could visit the first ever metro carriage in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This Dutch metro first opened in 1968 by princess Beatrix en prince Claus. The length of the metro line in 1968 was only 5.9km long, making it the shortest in the world at the time. These days the Rotterdam metro lines are more than 100km long.
The RET had organised a special metro pop-up museum to visit at Blaak station, so we couldn’t resist to visit!
On 14th May 1940 German forces invaded Rotterdam in a bid to take the city over. Situated on each side of the river Maas, they fought the Dutch military defences under demands of Hitler during World War Two. The actual bombings started during the negotiation process between the Dutch and Germans, destorying the heart of the city with a massive air raid. These bombings could of been stopped if the message had been brought over on time. The entire historic city centre was destroyed with up to 900 persons killed and 85,000 people becoming homeless. Continue reading “Museum Rotterdam ’40-’45 NU”
When it snows, many cities come to a standstill and are not prepared no matter how much salt they spread on the roads. Rotterdam is usually prepared as much as they can, with trams and trains trying their best to keep on time. But thats okay if there are some delays as the city of Rotterdam become a beautiful snowy paradise! The climate turns to freezing point, needing to dig out your winter coat, gloves and scarf. I love these type of snow forecasts, specially if I’m free from work too! Continue reading “Snow In Rotterdam – December 2017”