Rotterdam – The bird’s view

It has been a while since my last post on the city of Rotterdam. It is not that I haven’t been there for a while, but I didn’t spent the night there. As it was my last visit at a client I work for, it seemed to be appropriate to say a last farewell to this city. I am sure I’ll visit this place many times in the future,  but I am not sure if I will sleep there anymore. So here is one last post on Rotterdam!

Fish Eye view of Rotterdam

A fish eye panoramic view of the west side of Rotterdam. In the far distance the harbour and North Sea.

The second largest city of The Netherlands is known for her tall and modern buildings. For my last stay I wanted to reach to the top of the city and share it from the birds perspective.

Rotterdam Skyline

The skyline of Rotterdam by night.

Since I don’t have a set of wings (I am not that much of an angel),  and am to poor to own a plane or helicopter (feel free to donate 🙂 ) I had to visit one of Rotterdam’s landmark to get to the roof of the city.

And that landmark is called the Euromast. An observation tower with a crows nest at 104 meters high. Including antenna this tower,  which is part of the World Federation of Great Towers, is 185 meters high. It is the place to be if you would like to photograph the city’s skyline from up high.

This year, Rotterdam was internationally recognized for here architecture, as it won the 2015 European City of the Year award by the Academy of Urbanism. A great reward for this modern place.

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam as seen from the Euromast. This landmark is great for a stunning view of the city!

The Dutch country is too small and too humble to create cities of the magnitude like Chicago, Berlin, or Tokyo. And if you have seen those places, the size of Rotterdam will not impress you. This is visible on the photos in this blog. Of course, some buildings aren’t visible and it is not a 360 view, but the city is not as out stretched as for example Berlin.

City lights of Rotterdam

The blue hour is brilliant for photographing the yellow lights of the city.

What might impress you more, is the design of some of the buildings, and the number of people living in a by square meters limited place. Something what you might have noticed in my previous posts on Rotterdam. Despite this city being modern, it isn’t a cold city. As I mentioned in another blog, there are plenty restaurants and many bars to keep you warm and make you feel welcome.

Sunset in Rotterdam

A sunset in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The famous landmark called “Market Hall” isn’t visible on these photos, but the street called “Witte de With” is. This street can be found somewhere behind the tall white building on the left side in the photo below. This street isn’t particularly modern, but a great street if you like to visit bars and share a drink with some students.

Panoramic view of Rotterdam

Rotterdam is not all modern buildings. As you can see there are some parks!

It is no surprise that Rotterdam is one of Europe’s leading architectural city, something which I absolutely agree with. But what city do you associate with architecture? And as usual, please do share your architectural photos!

Thank you for reading and kind regards,



  1. Love your pics, Tieme! I remember travelling to Rotterdam and staying at a B&B with my family when I was 5 years old – I can’t remember much, and I’m sure way back then the city’s architecture looked very different. I think I should travel NL on of these days… 🙂

    • Hi Kiki! Rotterdam has changed a lot in the past years. I never liked the city. A lot of less socially adjusted people walk the streets, and the buildings are grey and boring. But the latter one certainly changed! The last 5 years this city really worked on their image, and with great success! Today, it is a fun modern city (but still not as fun as Amsterdam).

      Thank you for your kind words and your time! I don’t know how it’s like to travel The Netherlands as a tourist, but I know that I am curious to the way you would capture The Netherlands 🙂

      Warm regards,

  2. Those are some of the great lights. They don’t surprise me. Yes they look beautiful but the stars above amuse me a lot. They are so mysteriously designed that it will take several life times to figure them out. Nonetheless your pictures are awesome Tieme 🙂

    • Oh yeah, city lights can’t beat the stars 🙂 Nothing like nature!

      Thank you that you stopped by and left your thoughts! I appreciate that!

      Warm regards,

    • Hi Sartenada!

      Thank you so much for your comment! Rotterdam is a beautiful city that, in my opinion, transformed from a cold modern city, to a hip place to be!

      I appreciate your words!

      Enjoy your Sunday and warm regards,

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