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The tallest building in the Netherlands is the Maastoren, which stands at almost 165 meters in height. Where is it situated? Well, in the so-called “Manhattan at the Meuse”, of course – Rotterdam! The nickname stems from the fact that this city is home to the highest number of skyscrapers in the Netherlands, including the tallest one. Given that the country is largely low-rise, this makes Rotterdam rather un-Dutch. However, history played a decisive role here. On May 14th in 1941, the German Luftwaffe conducted an aerial bombardment of the city and port to start the Nazi invasion. This had devastating effects, particularly on Rotterdam’s infrastructure. As a result, a complete rebuilding of the city was necessary, and out of the ashes came the modern towers we see today.
What better way to capture this contemporary cityscape than from skyscrapers themselves? If you’re looking to plan golden hour drinks or a get-together with friends, check out our spacious rooftop along the Maas river. It overlooks Rotterdam’s harbor, the iconic Erasmus bridge, and city center. On a clear day, you can even see the neighboring cities of Delft and The Hague. Sunsets and the nighttime-skyline are stunning from this location, which makes it perfect for an artistic photoshoot. To top it off, bring along a bottle of your favorite wine and immerse yourself in the skyline.
Want a closer look at the funky Erasmus bridge? Reserve your spot at this high-rise apartment with unobstructed, amazing views of the bridge and central skyline. Its location is a delight for Instagrammable shots. Our tip: the cityscape comes alive at night when the skyline (and bridge) lights up – don’t miss that moment!
There are plenty of other things to see and do in Rotterdam. Perhaps the first thing that locals will tell you to visit is the Markthal, a one-of-a-kind hybrid building combining residential and office spaces with a market hall underneath. Opposite the Markthal are the renowned Cube Houses, designed by architect Piet Blom. If you feel like getting out of the city for a while, try exploring Rotterdam Zoo (Blijdorp) - one of the biggest in the Netherlands and Europe. Another perk Rotterdam has is its central location within the country; the royal capital, The Hague, is only a 20-minute train ride away, and you can be at Amsterdam Central Station in just 40 minutes.