Hotel New York in Rotterdam

May 3rd, 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels

© Kromme Zand/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Kromme Zand/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hotel New York is a hotel in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, based in the former office building of the Holland America Lines (Nederlandsch Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij). It was used as temporary accommodation for European emigres in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. “Often, package deals were available which would combine a train ticket, hotel accommodation and passage over the oceans.”   read more…

Market Hall Rotterdam

December 1st, 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, House of the Month

© Steven Lek/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Steven Lek/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Market Hall (Dutch: Markthal or Koopboog) is a residential and office building with a market hall underneath, located in Rotterdam. The building was opened on October 1, 2014, by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Besides the large market hall, the complex houses 228 apartments, 4600 m2 retail space, 1600 m2 horeca and an underground 4-storey parking garage with a capacity of 1200+ cars. The Market Hall was designed by architectural firm MVRDV. The grey nature stone building has an archwise structure like a horseshoe. The building has a glass facade on both sides, these are made up of smaller glass windows. The smaller windows are mostly squared and around 1485 millimeters wide. All of these are hung around a structure of steel cables, 34 metres high and 42 metres wide, which makes it the largest glass-window cable structure in Europe. Each facade has 26 vertical and 22 horizontal cables.   read more…

The Rotterdam

September 1st, 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Hotels, Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month

© F. Eveleens/cc-by-sa-3.0

© F. Eveleens/cc-by-sa-3.0

The fifth SS Rotterdam, also known as “The Grande Dame”, is a former ocean liner and cruise ship, and has been a hotel ship in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, since 2010. She was launched by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands in a gala ceremony on 13 September 1958, and was completed the following summer. The Rotterdam was the last great Dutch “ship of state”, employing the finest artisans from the Netherlands in her construction and fitting out process. Her career spanned forty-one years. She sailed from 1959 until her final retirement in September 2000.   read more…

The Rhine

October 7th, 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Distance marks along the Rhine indicate distances from this bridge in the City of Constance © Achim Lehle

Distance marks along the Rhine indicate distances from this bridge in the City of Constance © Achim Lehle

The Rhine flows from Grisons in the eastern Swiss Alps to the North Sea coast in the Netherlands and is one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe, at about 1,233 km (766 mi), with an average discharge of more than 2,000 m3/s (71,000 cu ft/s).   read more…

Theme Week Netherlands – Rotterdam, Manhattan on the Maas

January 16th, 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, European Union, General, European Capital of Culture

Museumschip Zr Ms Buffel © Quistnix

Museumschip Zr Ms Buffel © Quistnix

Rotterdam is a city and municipality in the Dutch province of South Holland, situated in the west of the Netherlands. The municipality is the second largest in the country, with a population of 600,000. The greater Rotterdam area is often known as “Rotterdam-Rijnmond”/”Rijnmond region” (Rijnmond literally translates into “Rhine’s mouth”, referring to Rotterdam’s location at the end of the Rhine-delta and its economic position as Europe’s main port), yet other versions can be suggested for greater Rotterdam. Depending on what version is chosen, the area contains between 1.2 and 1.4 million people. When including The Hague, with whom Rotterdam now shares the Rotterdam The Hague Airport and city-lightrail RandstadRail, the enlarged region approaches 2.5 million inhabitants. It forms the southern part of the Randstad, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Europe, with a population of 6.7 million.   read more…

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