By Sana Sardar
Every student comes to Erasmus University with a curious mind to explore as much as possible within the city and beyond! Rotterdam has a lot to offer, in terms of beauty, architecture, food and culture. Here are a few of the places everyone must put on their bucket list when coming to Rotterdam.
- Euromast: If you want to see the beautiful view of the whole city of Rotterdam this is the place to go. I personally prefer the view at night when all the city lights are on and reflecting on the water around the city, but the day view is spectacular as well.
Cubic Houses: Anyone who’s into architecture or aesthetic buildings should definitely visit the cubic houses. They also act as a perfect background for a nice Insta post!
Markthal: FOODIES, this one’s for you! Apart from the building being adorned by beautiful artwork it consists of a massive food hall where you can enjoy a variety of delicious snacks and meals!
- Museums: Although I don’t enjoy going and staring at paintings for hours, Rotterdam’s museums surprised me since they included lots of creativity and made the museum experience a whole lot of fun. Rotterdam has many museums but a few of my favourites are: Kunsthal Museum, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Maritime Museum. These are just a few but of course, there are many more museums you can visit and enjoy!
Rotterdam Zoo/Blijdorp: This can make for a lovely day out with your friends. Its been built beautifully and there are a variety of animals that you can see along with an oceanium.
Kralingse Plas: I’m sure most of you have already been here, but this is the perfect place to go for a walk, run, picnic or have a nice BBQ. Its beautiful in all 4 seasons and is the perfect chilling spot for all university students.
Arboretum Trompenburg: If you’re into nature this garden is beautiful! My favourite time to visit is in the autumn but it honestly looks amazing throughout the year.
The Erasmus Bridge: This is the second largest bridge in the Netherlands. Due to the way it’s built its nicknamed “The Swan”. You’ll have to visit it to understand why!
Luchtsingel Bridge: This 400 metre bridge is the world’s first crowdfunded infrastructure project. The bright yellow colour adds some colour to the city and once again acts as a perfect background for some nice pictures!
Feyenoord Stadium: If you’re a football fan and want to see what a football stadium looks like you can visit this stadium. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to get tickets for a match and enjoy your experience even more!
Oh and just a tip: If you buy a Rotterdampas, more than half of these sites can be visited for free #studenthacks. Rotterdam has way more to explore than the places mentioned above, but these some of the favourites on many people’s lists!