What to see in Rotterdam, one-day itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest in the city of Erasmus, located in southern Holland at the confluence of the New Meuse river with the Rotte river.
The river course divides the city in two, about 18 km from the North Sea.
Rotterdam, almost completely destroyed by bombing during the Second World War, was subsequently rebuilt with modern urban planning criteria.
Among the few surviving buildings are the Witte Huis, the first Dutch Art Nouveau skyscraper, built between 1897 and 1898, whose name means white house, and the Church of San Lorenzo dating back to the late Gothic period which, despite having undergone extensive damage, was not completely destroyed.
In the same neighborhood there are the famous cubic houses designed by the architect Piet Blom in 1984, a very original building complex made with inclined cube-shaped buildings, where each house represents a tree, with the intention of depicting a forest together with the others .
The symbol of the city is the Erasmusbrug bridge, nicknamed the Swan for its shape and color, inaugurated in 1996 by Queen Beatrix with the aim of connecting the south with the north.
Not far away is the old De Hef railway drawbridge, dating back to 1927 and protected as a national monument.
Among the museums of the city, the Boijmans van Beuningen stands out, for its important art collections ranging from medieval European art to modern art.
Other museums are the Kunsthal and the naval museums Maritiem Museum and Maritiem Museum Prins Hendrik.
In the city there is the Erasmus University, which takes its name from the famous humanist Erasmus, born in Rotterdam around 1466.