This year, Mendix World 2016 will take place at the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam on June 7-8. Besides attending our premier global event for innovation and digital transformation, this article will guide you on how to take advantage of the second largest metropolis in the Netherlands.
Named one of the ten best cities in the world to visit by Lonely Planet, Rotterdam is making a splash as a uniquely modern destination. Futuristic architecture, inspired initiatives such as inner-city canal surfing, a proliferation of art, and a surge of dining and nightlife venues make Rotterdam one of Europe’s most exhilarating cities.
Here are some of Rotterdam’s most enticing attractions:
The Markthal, which was the first covered market in the Netherlands, is a place where good food and unique housing are harmoniously combined in a spectacular arch. This iconic fresh market opened for business in October of 2014 after 5 years of construction.
In the Markthal you can buy very unusual products, as well as basic daily products. Experience the 96 unique stalls and 20 shops and restaurants. Together, they supply the widest range of food in the Netherlands. Enjoy the flavors of 176 different nationalities that have made Rotterdam their home.
Opening hours for Market Stands
Monday-Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
De Rotterdam is conceived as a vertical city: three interconnected mixed-use towers accommodating offices, apartments, a hotel, conference facilities, shops, restaurants and cafes. The towers are part of the ongoing redevelopment of the old harbour district of Wilhelminapier, next to the Erasmus Bridge, and aim to reinstate the vibrant urban activity once familiar to the neighborhood.
- Museums & Street Art
Explore the architectural wonderland of Rotterdam by roaming the art-filled streets. Well over 60 sculptures are scattered all over town (with more appearing every year), including many by major artists. See Paul McCarthy’s Santa Claus and Picasso’s concrete sculpture, Sylvette, which he designed with Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar.
For a full list of sculptures and an interactive map of their locations, visit Sculpture International Rotterdam.
Among Rotterdam’s innovative redevelopments is Station Hofplein – the former station of the abandoned Hofpleinlijn railway, whose viaduct arches are being transformed into cultural and creative spaces. So far these spaces have included cutting-edge restaurants, boutiques and a jazz club. Visitors will find a variety of design and music shops to help get a taste of the city’s diverse take on arts and culture.
Station Hofplein is connected to the city center by the wooden Luchtsingel foot bridge over the train tracks.
This new eye-catcher consists of 180 steps from Stationsplein, right infront of Groot Handelsgebouw. The stairs fit nicely in the Rotterdam tradition of celebrating reconstruction milestones and celebrates 75 years of rebuilding the city. It is a lookout where people can enjoy the unique view of this newly buildt city. The steps are therefore not just a way to get upstairs, but more importantly to enjoy the view on the rooftop of Groot Handelsgebouw. A temporary observation post gives you the opportunity to overlook the entire city. On the roof you will also find the former cinema Kriterion that will open temporarily to offer a wide variety of films, debates and performances. Furthermore, there are catering facilities as well as an information point for the cultural event Rotterdam celebrates the city!
The Van Nelle Factory attracted international attention as soon as it was completed. Acclaimed architect and photographer duo Robertson and Yerbury called it ‘a poem in steel and glass’, and world-famous architect Le Corbusier even praised its ‘purity and uncompromising clarity’. That public appreciation has never gone away. Quite the opposite, in fact – in 2014, the Van Nelle Factory was the 10th Dutch site to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is an extraordinary recognition of the value of the historic coffee, tea and tobacco factory. It also represents a crowning achievement for the people who took the initiative to save the factory from certain destruction in the late 1990s. The Van Nelle Factory will be host to this year’s Mendix World.
The Euromast was built in honor of the first World Flower exhibition, the Floriade, by architect H.A. Maaskant and contractor J.P. van Eesteren. The 185-meter-high mast (imitating the mast of a ship) was the first Dutch attraction at great height. In clear weather, you can see up to 30 kilometers in distance.
Take the elevators up 100 meters to the restaurant to enjoy the international ambiance and the breathtaking views.
The Euromast is open every day starting at 9:30 AM
The platforms close at 10:00 PM and the Brasserie closes at 11:00 PM
To make a reservation visit their website here.
Best Places to Eat & Drink:
Eating and drinking at Hotel New York is always a special experience. The ground floor features a large café-restaurant where 400 guests can enjoy an extensive or simple a-la-carte meal in any price category, from early in the morning until late at night.
Hotel New York’s terrace is an amazing spot when the weather is nice. Enjoy this unique view of Rotterdam’s skyline. See the full menu here.
The best way to get to Hotel New York is the water taxi.
This fabulous bar has live music on Wednesdays and DJs on Saturdays and is always crowded with locals. The front opens right up and a huge awning keeps inclement weather at bay.
SS Rotterdam invites you to marvel at the grand view of the city of Rotterdam or the Nieuwe Maas. Enjoy culinary delights at the Lido Restaurant or the stylish and authentic Club Room. And to unwind, may we suggest the Ocean Bar or perhaps you would like to experience the great atmosphere at the Captains Lounge. If the weather is on your side, spend some time in a deckchair at the Lido Terrace (afterdeck). The choice is yours.
Located in a city park in one of the oldest quarters in the city, The Harbour Club is an old villa reminiscent of the Boathouse Café in New York’s Central Park. View the menu here.
Ter Marsh & Co was recently awarded the coveted honor of “Best Burgers in the Netherlands.” Enjoy their monumental burgers, such as the Scottish black angus with pancetta and truffle mayo. See the full menu here.
This restaurant is located in Rotterdam’s nicest city park overlooking a beautiful lake. Enjoy a nice lunch or come for coffee or tea. View the menu here.
Beneath the exotic Hotel Bazar, this dazzling, lantern-lit restaurant with colorful tables and music is reminiscent of a busy market in a distant destination. Most of the dishes on the menu are from the Middle East or North Africa, such as dolmades, couscous, hummus, falafel, kebabs, Turkish pizza, baked feta with mint and parsley, Persian lamb and more. View the full menu here.
On the ground floor of De Rotterdam, with views of the Maas and Erasmus Bridge, HMB serves artistically presented contemporary cuisine (veal meatballs with truffled potatoes, foi gras with eel and apple) at impressively reasonable prices. After dining, head to the cocktail bar on the terrace of the building’s 7th floor. See the full menu here.
This restaurant name translates to The Sailor and the Maiden, and if you are looking for typical Dutch cuisine, this is the place to eat. The chefs are inspired by local products of the seasons and change their menus weekly. View the menu here.