The Nederland Fotomuseum is THE photography gallery in Rotterdam. The Chema Madoz exhibition was a very clever, sometimes humorous, collection of black and white images. It really captured my attention and impressed me with the creative and innovative ideas behind each photograph. It was refreshing to find an art exhibition that I could enjoy, understand and actually sink my teeth into.
Las Palmas Building, Wilhelminakade 332
NL-3072 AR Rotterdam
+31 (0)10-203 04 05
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(Las Palmas Building)
NL-3072 AR Rotterdam
Meeting point for artists and artlovers. Every friday night at 20.30 hrs a new work is installed and presented.
De Aanschouw Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
started July 6th 2001 and is the first of - hope-
fully a lot more to come - art show-windows.
It is located in a cultural area on a busy street
(Witte de WIthstraat; the art and design street
The show-window is attached to the exterior of
a bar called 'de Schouw’.
Since 2001, over 500 artists (national and
international- priming and established) have shown their works at 'De Aanschouw'.
Rotterdam, 8 Frebruar, 2011.
Cafe Jospehine is a very restful bar-cum-restaurant next to the water and only 15 mins by metro from the city centre. It is full of books and has one room that is decked out like a library. Very ornate and luxurious, yet less expensive than most bars in the city centre, good bar staff who serve coffee the traditional Dutch way with a glass of water with ice and a shot of rum with cream. My local in Rotterdam and former favourite student haunt
Oostplein, metro Oostplein.
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The Kralingse Bos is a 220 hectare (550 acre) park centred around Lake Kralingen (Kralingse Plas) with forest, cafes, adventure playgrounds, a beach with a nudist section, bars and restaurant,observation tower cyclists, walkers, joggers and toursits, open 24hours a day, 365 days a year.
North of Kralingseplaslaan, take Tram no 7 from Central Station and alight at Jerichiolaan and walks north for 300m. Alternatively take tram 21 to Avenue Concordia and walk north, take the metro to Gerdesiaweg or Voorschoterlaan and walk north for 1km.
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A busy restaurant (book in advance) underneath the Bazar hotel offering a reasonably priced North African, Turkish and Iranian menu.
Plenty of bars, cafes on Witte de Withstraat to let your grilled chicken kebab and couscous settle, afterwards.
A word of warning though, tried to add 'tourist tax' of a couple of drinks we did not have. Shame, as is put a dampner on an otherwise enjoyable Bazar experience.
A nice beer cafe tucked under Rotterdam's famous 'cubewonings' (cubic houses). One of the best selections of beer in the city in a comfortable, friendly bar. Food is also available. Although I didn't eat here myself, they were serving plenty of it.
The only down-side is that it's too dimly lit if you like to read a book while quaffing the Netherlands' finest ales.
Blaak 4, Rotterdam, directly opposite Blaak railway and metro station.
The best thing to do in Rotterdam is leave the railway station, get the no.5 tram down to the river where the SPIDO harbour cruises start from, well worth the hour and a half that it'll take. When you come back, go back east a bit along the riverfront and get one of the classic polished wooden watertaxis to the old Holland America Line HQ on the south bank, now the Hotel New York with a busy bar/restaurant. The 30s style boat costs nearly nothing and was the highlight of my trip.
This festival in Rotterdam brings together garage rock bands from all over the world (the Spanish are the wildest). It is held on the third weekend in June at the Waterfront Club. No half hearted bandwagon jumpers, no lame nostalgia geeks, just full on garage rock. Loud, fast, very dumb, but great fun. Tickets cost 70 Euros for the full four nights.
The Waterfront also hosts The Rotterdam Rumble on the first weekend of September, the musical policy is more sleazy rawk'n'roll than garage, 30 Euros for three nights.
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