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Rotterdam on a VERY short shoestring

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A May 2002 trip to Rotterdam by milliebell

Rotterdam cityscape. Photo, Rotterdam, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: I enjoyed a 2 night stay in Rotterdam as part of my trip to the Netherlands, on a very low budget as it was just before returning home.

Rotterdam on a VERY short shoestring

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Overview

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Architecture spotting - even if your not interested in architecture normally (I am not) it will be hard not to get drawn into it. The Cube Houses are recommended viewing. Rotterdam has some excellent musuems. For one of the best free ones, try the Customs and Excise musuem. Het Park is huge, peaceful and very pretty, with lots of quiet places to relax. I enjoyed a wonderful cheap lunch of bread and cheese there, sititng in the sunshine. The bridges provide some good viewing. Between the Erasmus bridge and the Euromast,on the same side, there is a lovely pretty old neighbourhood that is unlike the rest of Rotterdam. Quick Tips: There is a market in the city centre o...Read More

City Hostel Rotterdam

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Hotel

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The hostel is well located close to the museum park. Just opposite, there is the Erasmus university building, a tall white high rise building that is quite distinctive and can be seen from many places. By looking at that, the hostel is easy to find. The hostel is right beside the Metro Station for the hospital. Look out for the marked exit. For Metros to Centraal Station, change at Beurs. The hostel is clean and has good facilities. I stayed in an 8 bedded female dorm. There are also smaller rooms. The shower room was next door and the toilet across the corridor. Bedding was provided, and breakfast. Out of all the hostels I stayed in, this one provided the best breakfast. The buffet was extensi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 2, 2002

City Hostel Rotterdam
Rochussenstraat 107
Rotterdam, Netherlands
(010) 436-5763

Tax and Customs Museum

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Attraction | "Tax and Customs Musuem"

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The name of the Musuem - tax and customs - does not intitially sound appealling to most people. If you think of complex forms and reduced wages when you think of tax, and complex duties when you think of customs, you are in for an interesting suprise. The best attraction is the smugglers experience. I was asked before I entered if I had any heart problems etc. It is in Dutch, but it is very easy to understand what is happening. You walk through a turnstile into darkness. A video comes on, showing scenes of the harbour. You then walk into another room. This is where the fun begins. The room seals behind you. You are sealed into a container. If you look through the holes, you can see daylight sce...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 2, 2002

Tax and Customs Museum
Parklaan 14-16
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Het Havenmuseum

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Attraction | "Maritime Buitenmuseum"

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The musuem is open air and alongside the approach to the Erasmus bridge. Leaflets etc. can be picked up in the base of an observation tower. You can walk upstairs and view the area, but it is very small and crowded easily. It is a pleasant enough place, especially when the weather is nice. As it is all open air, I am not sure if I would say the same if it was pouring with rain and freezing cold. You walk across the footbridge into some ships, and there are exhibits all along the waterside, including workshops etc. It is all labelled in Dutch, though you can buy a English language guide. As I was on a very low budget, this is fairly okay, but otherwise this would not be one of my top ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 2, 2002

Het Havenmuseum
Leuvehaven 50-72
Rotterdam, Netherlands 3011 EA
010-4048072

A walk around Town

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Rotterdam cityscape. Photo, Rotterdam, Netherlands
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I started off at Centraal Station. I spent some time wandering around the city centre, enjoying some magnificent buildings. It reminded me of Manhattan in minature. I headed towards the library next. This building is very easy to spot - it has big yellow pipes on its exterior wall. Close by is Blaak metro station, with another piece of very modern architecture. The cube houses are beside it. They are very odd at first. For a dizzing perspective, walk thorugh the complex. The cube houses are obve your head. If that is not unusual enough, the shape of them certainly provides something to look at. Return from there, head back towards the main street, and head towards the Erasmus bridge. This also is not ...Read More

Why Rotterdam?

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I have found when doing my research that Rotterdam often gets poor write ups in guidebooks. I feel this is unfair. Amsterdam it is not. It is a very modern city, due to being bombed to oblivion in May 1940. The result is a planned city centre, lots of very modern architecture, good nightlife and a fairly young population. However, it does not mean that Rotterdam lacks an identity of its own as it is so young. Its moderness and youthfulness is its identity. It is an attractive city, though not in the sense of medieval streets. It is open and spacious, easy to get around and it has excellent public transport. I would recommend it if you want to see more of the Netherlands th...Read More

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milliebell

milliebell
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom