Rotterdam by Instagram

Ah, Rotterdam. It’s been more than 20 years since I saw you for the first time and I must admit I wasn’t impressed. Back then, you had the world’s largest port. These days, it’s relegated to 4th place, surpassed by Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan and Singapore. That’s to be expected from Asian tigers. Europoort is still by all accounts a major gateway to Europe.

But you’re a completely different city these days, Rotterdam. With innovative, futuristic architecture, a fabulous outdoor maritime museum in the city centre and a veritable cornucopia of quaint and curious shops, restaurants and cafes – I’ve gotta say, I like you.

Here’s a little iPhone-only photo essay of the second largest city in the Netherlands. Say hello to Rotterdam:

Rotterdam by Instagram

Good morning, Rotterdam – from my cosy canal view corner – at the brand spanking new Mainport hotel

Good morning Rotterdam - from my current cosy canal view corner #tburtm

Rotterdam skyline… well, parts of it, seen from Groot Handelsgebouw

#rotterdam skyline... Well, parts of it #tburtm

Love the vintage bikes that seem to have eternal life in Holland

Love the vintage bikes in the Netherlands #tburtm

Quirky religious architecture

Quirky #rotterdam #tburtm

Shapes and shadows

Such fab, innovative architecture in Rotterdam #tburtm

This red boat on the canal is a restaurant

Canals of Rotterdam

Rent-a-cabin on the canal – in this logeerboot

Logeerboot - rent a cabin in Rotterdam

Shipping container graffiti

Sea container street art #tburtm

Have you been in Rotterdam lately?

11 Responses to “Rotterdam by Instagram”

  1. Vera Marie Badertscher 28 May 2013 0705 #

    Good grief! This is the 2nd Rotterdam post I’ve seen today. Did you see the one from Easy HIker?
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 28 May 2013 2215 #

      Haha. I fear you’ll see even more in the coming days and weeks, Vera Marie. Major blogging conference there last week.

  2. Laurel 28 May 2013 2151 #

    Fun post! I really enjoyed the architecture in Rotterdam.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 June 2013 1048 #

      I think the architecture is the most striking feature of the city.

  3. Leigh 29 May 2013 0532 #

    My first and only impression of Rotterdam wan’t very good either. But you’ve done a nice job showcasing the city and the view from your hotel looks lovely.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 June 2013 1049 #

      Loved that little canal view corner.

  4. Mette - Italian Notes 29 May 2013 2054 #

    I have avoided Rotterdam ever since I toured the world’s largest port as a child in the 1970s. Seems like it’s time to reconsider my prejudice.
    Mette – Italian Notes recently posted..Trento Italy and the counter-reformation

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 June 2013 1050 #

      Dramatic changes in 20 years, that’s for sure.

  5. Hi Sophie, I haven’t been to Rotterdam. Based on your photoessay, I like it, too! It looks like a fun, funky city. Love the modern architecture and design as well as the vintage features.
    Marisol@TravelingSolemates recently posted..Jordan: Petra by Night

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 4 June 2013 1050 #

      I think Rotterdam has come a long way – old and new; fun and funky :)

  6. Andrew Graeme Gould 16 June 2013 1914 #

    Love your glimpses of this city, Sophie! No, I haven’t been there, but would like to.
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