Exploring Rotterdam’s remarkable architecture – that’s what Architecture Day on 16 and 17 June 2018 is all about. The weekend is filled to the brim with guided tours of buildings that are not usually open to the general public. The weekend is also packed with guided walks through neighbourhoods with expert guides. Here are 4 highlights:
Tip 1: Guided walks on Saturday 16 June and Sunday 17 June
Explore Land van Hoboken and Museumpark. You will hear all about the unique history of this area during the guided walk. Fancy doing some more walking after this? No problem! There is a guided walk on Wilhelminapier on Sunday. An expert architecture guide will take you to, for example, the Seattle Skyscraper and you will find out more about this area, which has undergone major changes in recent years. Discover what the past was like here; find out what’s happening right now and what Wilhelminapier may look like in the future.
Tip 2: Bicycle tour – Rotterdam from the perspective of MVRDV
This cycling tour will allow you to explore Rotterdam from the perspective of world-renowned architecture firm MVRDV! This company has designed dozens of buildings, urban plans and installations around the globe. Their architecture projects in Rotterdam are included in this bicycle tour. For example, visit the construction site of De Depot of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. And find out more about Rotterdam’s icon De Markthal. The tour also includes a look behind the scenes at MVRDV headquarters in the magnificent Industriegebouw.
Tip 3: City Cruise Special
Take a cruise on the river Maas and experience the city of Rotterdam in a completely different way. This is one of the best ways to see the city’s impressive skyline. Thanks to the professional guide on board you will gain many new insights. If you get on at Leuvehaven, it will take about 60 minutes to get to Rijnhaven and from there you can walk to Wilhelminapier to continue enjoying Architecture Day. If you board the cruise on the south bank, it will take about an hour to get to Wijnhaven and Maritime District.
Tip 4: The secret of the Erasmus Bridge
Thinking of Rotterdam, the Erasmus Bridge will soon come to mind. This exceptional bridge, nicknamed ‘the Swan’, is one of Rotterdam’s main icons. Driving or walking across it is fantastic, but have you ever wondered what’s underneath this bridge? A guide will take you to the basement to see the counterweight and explain how Western Europe’s largest and heaviest bascule bridge mechanism works. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the design and engineering of Rotterdam’s iconic bridge.
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Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode