Teddy bear experiment: Rotterdam's response

Teddy bear experiment: Rotterdam's response

Rotterdam, 8 November 2023 – A social experiment conducted across various Dutch cities, including Rotterdam, reveals intriguing insights into the behaviour of citizens when encountering lost teddy bears.

Rotterdam's response to lost teddy bears

A recent study, focused on the reactions of Dutch citizens to finding lost teddy bears, found that 40% of Rotterdam's residents took the initiative to reunite these lost items with their child owners. This figure slightly surpasses the national average of 38%. The experiment involved strategically placing 140 teddy bears in 14 major Dutch cities, each bear labeled with a child's name and a contact number.

Teddy bear experiment: Rotterdam's responseTeddy bear experiment: Rotterdam's response

National comparison and gender differences

Rotterdam shares the fourth position in this national study with Eindhoven, Maastricht, and Zwolle, where 40% of the bears were returned. In comparison, Alkmaar leads with 70% of bears returned, followed by Lelystad and Middelburg. Notably, Amsterdam and Assen had the lowest return rates at only 10%.

The study, commissioned by My Nametags, also revealed that women were more likely to return a lost teddy bear, with 64% of the initiatives taken by them. Age-wise, individuals between 31 and 40 years were most active in returning the bears.

Teddy bear experiment: Rotterdam's responseTeddy bear experiment: Rotterdam's response

Quick returns and location insights

It was noted that 56% of the found teddy bears were returned within 24 hours of being lost. However, items lost for more than four days had less than a 9% chance of being found. Interestingly, teddy bears lost in clothing stores had the highest probability of being returned, followed by train stations and playgrounds.

Lars Andersen, General Director of My Nametags, commented on the high return rate of teddy bears, attributing it to the kindness and child-friendly nature of the Dutch people. He highlighted the effectiveness of name labels in aiding the return of lost items.

How many millionaires live in Rotterdam?

How many millionaires live in Rotterdam?

Unveil the opulence of Rotterdam! Dive into the city's most affluent neighbourhoods, discover where the top-tier reside, and see how Rotterdam's luxury compares to other Dutch cities.

The rise of millionaire homes

The trend of homes valued over a million euros isn't just a Rotterdam phenomenon; it's a national trend. The Netherlands, by the end of 2022, boasted approximately 195,000 homes with a value exceeding one million euros. This marked a 13% increase from the previous year. While the growth rate has slowed down compared to the whopping 80% surge in 2021, the absolute numbers are still impressive. In 2022 alone, the country saw an addition of over 23,000 millionaire homes.

Rotterdam's share

Rotterdam, renowned for its innovative architecture, vibrant port, and rich cultural tapestry, has also become a hub for the affluent. Over the years, the city has experienced a notable increase in properties valued at over a million euros, underscoring its escalating economic prosperity and allure as a prime residential location.

Rotterdam, as of 2022, is home to a substantial number of millionaire households. The city has 5,250 homes valued at one million euros or more, marking a significant increase of 15.6% compared to the previous year. This growth rate positions Rotterdam as one of the cities with the largest growth in million-euro homes. The city's most affluent areas include Kralingen, Hillegersberg, and along the Piet Smitkade. Vijverlaan remains the priciest street in Rotterdam, where the average home value stands at 1.74 million euros.

Moreover, by 2023, the Netherlands' priciest apartment was sold in Rotterdam. Dubbed 'The Box', this sprawling thousand-square-meter apartment, situated in Katendrecht, is set to redefine luxury. With a price bracket of €15 to €20 million, the prospective owners can enjoy three expansive floors, panoramic views of the Rijnhaven, and a staggering ceiling height of 12 meters.

National Perspective

On a national scale, the average millionaire in the Netherlands has a net worth of three million euros, which is 55 times the average non-millionaire. Most millionaires reside in Amsterdam, followed by The Hague, Rotterdam, and Utrecht. However, in terms of percentages, the wealthiest in the Netherlands don't predominantly live in major cities. For instance, in 2017, 11% of households in Laren were millionaires. Similar numbers were observed in smaller cities like Blaricum and Bloemendaal, with 10% of households falling into the millionaire category.
The bridges of Rotterdam - interesting facts and details

The bridges of Rotterdam - interesting facts and details

Rotterdam is home to four beautiful and famous bridges; Erasmusbrug, Willemsbrug, De Hef and Van Brienenoordbrug. You might have heard of, or even driven across them before. But, how much do you actually know about them? 


Erasmusbrug - “The Swan”

The Erasmusbrug connects the northern and southern halves of the city by bridging the Nieuwe Maas river. What's cool about the bridge is that it's both a cable-stayed bridge and a drawbridge (bascule) in one. The bascule section allows safe passage for ships which are too large to pass under it. The Erasmusbrug is the biggest and heaviest of its kind in all of Western Europe. It also has the largest panel (of its kind) on earth. The bridge is 802 meters long and carries multiple vehicle lanes, tram tracks, bicycle lanes and sidewalks. 


Erasmusbrug - Erasmus Bridge 📷 Josef SejrekErasmusbrug - Erasmus Bridge 📷 Josef Sejrek


The Erasmusbrug is named after humanist and theologian 'Desiderius Erasmus Roterdamus' (1466 - 1536).  However, it is often referred to as “The Swan” due to its graceful, swan-like design.

The bridge was designed by Dutch architect Ben van Berkel (UNStudio). The construction of the Erasmus bridge cost in excess of 165 million euros. It was officially opened by Queen Beatrix on September 6th, 1996. The bridge is a well known national landmark and has been featured in Red Bull Air Race as well as the 2010 Tour de France. It's also the home of the annual National Firework show. The construction of the bridge brought about much needed economic development for the Kop van Zuid area. 



The Willemsbrug connects the Rotterdam city centre to Noordereiland. From Noordereiland, you can cross the Koninginnebrug (Queen's bridge) into the Feijenoord area. The Willemsbrug is also a cable-stayed bridge, as is the Erasmusbrug. However, the Willemsbrug doesn't have a drawbridge to allow larger vessels to pass through. It's 318 meters long and 33 meters wide. 


Willemsbrug - Willems bridgeWillemsbrug - Willems bridge

The Willemsbrug is named after King Willem III. The architect responsible for the Willemsbrug was Cor Veerling (Gemeentewerken). Construction of the bridge began in 1975. The bridge was opened to the public in 1981. Even though the Willemsbrug is not as pretty or as famous as the nearby Erasmusbrug, it is highly recommended to walk across the Willemsbrug at night for a stunning view of the Rotterdam skyline, with the Erasmusbrug included. 

Fun fact: The current Willemsbrug is actually the second bridge with this name. The original Willemsbrug, built in 1878, was a swing bridge that had to be replaced because it couldn't handle the increasing traffic.


De Hef

Few people know this, but the Hef is actually called Koningshavenbrug. It's a decommissioned vertical-lift bridge which used to be part of a railway line connecting the city of Breda to Rotterdam. The Hef has a length of 79 meters and carries 2 railway tracks. This bridge is a significant example of industrial heritage in the Netherlands. It was also the first of its kind in Europe.


De Hef - KoningshavenbrugDe Hef - Koningshavenbrug

The Hef was designed by Dutch engineer Pieter Joosting and was officially opened on the 31st of October, 1927. It was the first of its kind in all of Western Europe. The bridge was severely damaged by the Nazi bombardment in 1940, However, due to its significance to the railway system, it was quickly rebuilt. The Hef hasn't been used since 1993 and is listed as a national monument.


Van Brienenoordbrug

The Van Brienenoordbrug connects the Eastern part of Rotterdam with the south side of the city. It's a twin tied-arch motorway bridge. But would you guess that one of the arches is actually 25 years older than the other? The original single arch bridge built in 1965 was so heavily used city officials eventually decided to double its width by adding a second, almost identical arch, in 1990. The Van Brienenoordbrug is 1320 metres long and carries 12 lanes of traffic. On any given day, over 250,000 vehicles will cross the bridge. The Van Brienenoordbrug is part of the busiest highway in the Netherlands, the A16. The bridge itself is the longest of its kind in the Netherlands.


Van Brienenoordbrug 📷 Johan KlosVan Brienenoordbrug 📷 Johan Klos

The Van Brienenoordbrug wasn't named after an individual. The name actually refers to the island upon which it's partially built: Eiland van Brienenoord. The island, in turn, was named after baron Arnoud Willem van Brienen van de Groote Lindt, who used to own the island. The bridge also has a bascule (drawbridge) section which takes approximately 18 minutes to open and close. Luckily, this rarely is the case. Of the 140,000 ships that pass through the bridge, only 500 require the bridge to open and close. The Van Brienenoordbrug was designed by W.J. van der Eb and W.P. Goedhart.

The 10 tallest buildings in Rotterdam

The 10 tallest buildings in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is known for its modern architecture. Some even refer to it as 'Manhattan on the river Maas.' Of all the buildings, have you ever wondered how tall they were? We've made a list of Rotterdam's tallest current and future skyscrapers. 

12. Erasmus MC – 120 metres – 2012

Erasmus MC Rotterdam 120 meters completed in 2012Erasmus MC Rotterdam 120 meters completed in 2012

Erasmus Medical Centre is large medical facility and teaching hospital in Rotterdam's city centre. It was originally opened in 1961 but renovated and expanded with an additional 185.000 m2 in 2017. The new buildings and tower were designed by EGM Architecten. The address is 's-Gravendijkwal 230, 3015 CE Rotterdam.

11. World Port Center – 123.10 metres – 2001

World Port Centre Rotterdam 123 meters completed in 2001World Port Centre Rotterdam 123 meters completed in 2001

The World Port Center is a 32-storey office building, mostly in use by Port of Rotterdam. It was one of the very first skyscrapers built in the Kop van Zuid area, now known for its many tall buildings. World Port Centre was designed by Sir Norman Foster and completed in 2001. The address is Wilhelminakade 901, 3072 AR Rotterdam. 

10. The Red Apple – 127.10 metres – 2009

The Red Apple Rotterdam 127 meters completed in 2009The Red Apple Rotterdam 127 meters completed in 2009

The Red Apple is a multifunctional building with a tall residential tower located on Wijnhaveneiland, in Maritiem District (maritime district). The residential tower has 40 floors and houses 152 apartments. It was designed by KCAP together with Jan des Bouvrie, a Dutch interior designer who focused on the lifestyle aspects of the building. The address is Wijnbrugstraat 140, 3011 XW Rotterdam.

9. FIRST Rotterdam – 128 metres – 2015

FIRST Rotterdam 128 meters completed in 2015FIRST Rotterdam 128 meters completed in 2015

The First Rotterdam office building, located across the street from Rotterdam's central station, is part of the Weenapoint complex. It has 31 above-ground floors and two floors below-ground. The building was designed by de Architekten Cie. and opened to the public in 2015. 

8. Millennium Tower – 131 metres (149 including mast) – 2000

Millennium Tower Rotterdam 131 meters completed in 2000Millennium Tower Rotterdam 131 meters completed in 2000

The Millenium Tower, across the street from Centraal Station, is perhaps better known as the Marriott hotel. The building was designed by WZMH Architects alongside AGS Architecten and was completed in 2000. The address is Weena 686, 3012 CN Rotterdam. 

7. Montevideo – 139.5 metres – 2005

Montevideo 140 meters completed in 2005Montevideo 140 meters completed in 2005

Montevideo is a 43-storey residential tower designed by Mecanoo. The name 'Montevideo' was chosen because it was in line with the names of old warehouses which once stood in this area. These warehouses had names such as New Orleans, Baltimore, Santos and Havana. There's a large letter M on top of the building (invisible in the above photo) which is 8 meters tall and serves as a weather vane. The address for Montevideo is Landverhuizersplein 2-52, 3072 MH Rotterdam. 

6. De Rotterdam – 149 metres – 2013

De Rotterdam 149 meters completed in 2013De Rotterdam 149 meters completed in 2013

De Rotterdam is a colossal building designed by Rem Koolkaas' Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 1998. It features 72.000 m2 of office space, a hotel with 285 rooms, 2.500 m2 of fitness facilities and 240 residential apartments. Construction started in 2009 and the building was opened to the public in November of 2013. The address is Wilhelminakade 139, 3072 AP Rotterdam. 

5. Delftse Poort – 151 metres – 1992

Gebouw Delftse Poort 151 meters tall completed in 1993Gebouw Delftse Poort 151 meters tall completed in 1993

Delftse Poort is a skyscraper complex consisting of two towers reaching the heights of 151.35 meters (Tower I) and 93 meters (Tower II) respectively. It's usually referred to as the 'Nationale Nederlanden' building. Moreover, its reflective surface often makes for stunning photography. The complex was designed by Dutch architect Abe Bonnema. The address is Weena 505, 3013AL, Rotterdam. 

4. Cooltower – 154 metres – 2022

Cooltower Rotterdam. Photo credit: Ossip van DuivenbodeCooltower Rotterdam. Photo credit: Ossip van Duivenbode

The Cooltower is a prominent residential skyscraper situated in the Cool district of Rotterdam, Netherlands. Standing at a height of 150 meters, it ranks among the city's tallest residential buildings. The tower was designed by V8 Architects and developed by UVastgoed, with construction commencing in 2017 and reaching completion in 2021. Spread across its 50 floors are 284 apartments, offering residents a high-rise living experience. The Cooltower is not just about its impressive height; it also provides a range of amenities for its residents.

3. New Orleans – 158.35 metres – 2010

New Orleans 158 meters completed in 2010New Orleans 158 meters completed in 2010

This modernist residential skyscraper was designed by award-winning Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. The 46-storey building is currently the tallest residential building in the Netherlands. The address is Otto Reuchlinweg 996, 3011 BN Rotterdam. 

2. Maastoren – 164.75 metres – 2009

Maastoren 165 meters completed in 2009Maastoren 165 meters completed in 2009

Standing tall at 165 metres, the Maastoren is the tallest building in the Netherlands. This office building, which is home to the Dutch headquarters of Deloitte, was designed by Dam & Partners Architecten with support from French firm Odile Decq Benoit Cornette. An interesting fact is that the interior of the building is both heated and cooled with water from the river. Even the sprinklers are powered by river water. The address is Maastoren, Wilhelminakade 1, 3072 AP Rotterdam. 

1. Zalmhaventoren – 190 metres (215 metres including mast) – 2021

Zalmhaventoren Zalmhaventoren

The Zalmhaven Tower, also known as Zalmhaventoren, is a residential skyscraper in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It holds the distinction of being the tallest residential building in the country, reaching a height of 215 meters or 705 feet. The tower is part of a larger project known as Zalmhaven, which also includes two smaller residential buildings, Zalmhaven I and Zalmhaven II, each standing 70 meters tall.

The project was a collaborative effort, designed by Dam & Partners Architecten and KCAP Architects&Planners, and developed by AM and Amvest. Construction began in 2019 and reached completion in 2022. The Zalmhaven Tower is home to a variety of residences, including apartments, penthouses, and townhouses, totaling 475 residences.
The weird Dutch nicknames for iconic Rotterdam architecture

The weird Dutch nicknames for iconic Rotterdam architecture

Rotterdammers love their city, in all its architectural drama. So, when things get named top-down, Rotterdammers tend to name them back: bottom-up. What do those names mean? We will tell you!
The city of Rotterdam is renowned for its architecture. Mainly because after the Second World War, Rotterdam decided to change its perception, its look so to say. Modernity was the direction of choice. As most buildings begin their existence on the drawing board, having people in offices think about all the necessary things, they also have the tendency to get named by those same people. A project name, often with affection, with meaning. But often, in Rotterdam, the people who must live with the architecture think differently of it and just as affectionately give them another name.
Oh, and to be fair: it is a Dutch thing to rename their buildings. Rotterdammers are not the only Dutch people who do it, but they do have most modern buildings and thus a much better starting point for coming up with new and inventive names.
Gain your insights here (in alphabetical order):
Het Blaakse Bos (The Blaak Forest) – Kubuswoningen (Cube houses)Het Blaakse Bos (The Blaak Forest) – Kubuswoningen (Cube houses)

Het Blaakse Bos (The Blaak Forest) – Kubuswoningen (Cube houses)

Designed by architect Piet Blom and finished in 1984, these peculiar cube houses were planned as a village in the city. The cubes are turned to stand on an edge and rest on a pole, making them look like a tree or treehouse. And, of course, several trees become a forest, hence the name “Blaak forest”. All houses stand on a space which spans the busy Blaak street so that there are no cars driving on the ground floor from which to enter the houses. This place is often used for communal and outside activities, seeing that the houses have no outside spaces themselves.
De Blokkendoos (Block Box) – The RotterdamDe Blokkendoos (Block Box) – The Rotterdam

De Blokkendoos (Block Box) – The Rotterdam

The “Office for Metropolitan Architecture” of Remko Koolhaas created the Rotterdam. The building was finished in 2013 and is located on the Wilheminapier. It is overlooking the Maas with a great view of Rotterdam’s inner city and skyline. Inside its 44 floors, there is space for the municipality of Rotterdam, a hotel, offices, parking spaces and many, many apartments. There is space for cafés, restaurants, fitness, and shops. It is one of the biggest buildings in the Netherlands. Its various uses are structured into “blocks” within the building.
The Buttplug Gnome – Santa Claus StatueThe Buttplug Gnome – Santa Claus Statue

The Buttplug Gnome – Santa Claus Statue

A large statue by artist Paul McCarthy, depicting a Santa Claus with a tree, is living on Eendrachtsplein – a square at the beginning of the inner city. The statue had been placed in several more central spots, but shopkeepers and inhabitants protested as it was implied by the artists to have a sexual connotation and meant as a commentary of consumerism in the Western world. Now, who would want that in front of their family-run business?
Fluitketel (Kettle) – Station BlaakFluitketel (Kettle) – Station Blaak

Fluitketel (Kettle) – Station Blaak

Station Beurs was one of the four original stations that were dotted around Rotterdam, all specified in their different directions the trains would take from them. However, the Beurs building itself and the station Beurs building were demolished in the Second World War. As the viaduct covering the river Blaak was still intact, the station was rebuilt. Because the Beurs (Stockmarket) building was relocated further towards the city centre, the station was named after the closer Blaak street (covering the former Blaak river).  In 1982, an underground metro station was added and after that, the train station moved also underground – opened in autumn 1993. Because most of the station was thus underground, an entrance building was placed on top of it, making it easier to find the metro and train. This distinct building soon got several nicknames from the people, such as “whistling kettle”, “pedal bin” and “manhole cover”.

Fluitketel (Kettle) – Station BlaakFluitketel (Kettle) – Station Blaak

De Gasfabriek (the Gas Factory) a.k.a. De Stofzuiger (Vacuum cleaner)  a.k.a de IJstaart (Ice cream cake) – The central library

The main library is one of the biggest ones in the Netherlands and the most visited cultural institution of Rotterdam. It has more than 400,000 books, one of the biggest record libraries in Europe and the biggest collection of Erasmus’ works. The library building itself sparks much controversy and nicknames. Built-in 1977 and designed by Rotterdam architect and professor at Delft University, Jaap Bakema. The design was said to be “open, inviting, centrally located and accessible to everyone” and therefore ticking all the boxes as to how a library should be.
The building is an industrial-looking cube, with what looks like a snipped-off corner. A glass “waterfall” contains the network of escalators connecting its six floors. The descending levels have an open setting. The most remarkable element – the one that invokes all the nicknames – is the air-conditioning system. Its angular tubes are on the outside of the building and are painted yellow. Some people say it reminds them of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, others accuse it of imitating said building.

De Glasbak (Het Timmerhuis)De Glasbak (Het Timmerhuis)

De Glasbak (Het Timmerhuis)

Rem Koolhaas and his architecture agency OMA are the creators of this interesting building too. The outside of the Timmerhuis is mainly a glass complex at the Meent, in the city centre. Part of it contains an old building from the fifties in which the Rotterdam Museum, a dynamic and modern city museum, is housed.
De Hef – Koningshavenbrug (The old train bridge)De Hef – Koningshavenbrug (The old train bridge)

De Hef – Koningshavenbrug (The old train bridge)

Permanently raised since 1993, this old train bridge is now one of the landmarks of Rotterdam. It is spanning the Koningshaven next to the Maas and used to be part of the train connection between Rotterdam and Breda. Opened in 1927 and famous for being the first of its kind in Western Europe, and one year later through the Avantgarde film “The Bridge” by Joris Ivens.
Hoerenloper (John) - Rijnhavenbrug– Bridge to KatendrechtHoerenloper (John) - Rijnhavenbrug– Bridge to Katendrecht

Hoerenloper (John) - Rijnhavenbrug– Bridge to Katendrecht

The bridge for pedestrians and cyclists crosses the waters of the Rijnhaven between Hotel New York on Willeminapier and Katendrecht. It was opened in 2012, has an elegant look and can be partly opened for ships. The name stems from the time when Katendrecht used to be the place the sailors left the ships and went to visit the “whores” living in the area for that purpose.
The Kapsalonbak – the central stationThe Kapsalonbak – the central station

The Kapsalonbak – the central station

‘Station Kapsalon', is named after the notorious Rotterdam snack with kebab, chips, and melted cheese in a tin foil box. Rotterdam used to have four train stations, depending on where you wanted to go, instead of “the central station”. In 1957, Rotterdam CS (Central Station) designed by Sybold van Ravenstyn, was opened and one after another the other stations were closed (there are still three train stations left within the city). But as it happens when cities grow and its people travel more, the first Central Station was not modern and not big enough anymore and has recently been replaced by Station Rotterdam Centraal, ceremoniously opened in spring 2014 by King Willem Alexander. The letters and clock of the old main stations are still decorating the face of this new building.
De Koelkast (the fridge) - Erasmus MCDe Koelkast (the fridge) - Erasmus MC

De Koelkast (the fridge) – Erasmus MC

A big, white, and rectangle building that looks like it could well emit coolness. That is why the building of Rotterdam’s biggest hospital, as a matter of fact, the biggest one in the Netherlands (after expansion in 2018), has the nickname: the fridge.
De Koopboog (Shopping Arch) aka De groente grot (Vegetable Cave)  - The MarkthalDe Koopboog (Shopping Arch) aka De groente grot (Vegetable Cave) - The Markthal

De Koopboog (Shopping Arch) aka De groente grot (Vegetable Cave)  - The Markthal

The Markthal is a residential and office building spanning across a central indoor market. The market stalls of the indoor market are framed by restaurants. Opened in 2014, the grey stone arc is closed off at both ends with glass windows, giving it an impressive and quite literally “see-through” effect. Its ceiling is colourfully decorated with an 11,000 m² enlarged artwork by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam called “Horn of plenty”. 
The hall is built exactly on the spot, where part of the old village Rotta (for more info read: A history of Rotterdam) used to be. A tenth-century farm was found seven metres under the ground. That and several other sides are exhibited in the staircase under the Markthal.
De Koopgoot (the shopping gutter) / Beurstraverse – Town centre shopping streetDe Koopgoot (the shopping gutter) / Beurstraverse – Town centre shopping street

De Koopgoot (the shopping gutter) / Beurstraverse – Town centre shopping street

The shopping gutter, the name even being officially adapted by their own marketing, is the shopping street of Rotterdam. Located as the heard of the city centre, home to about 40 shops, it was opened in 2000. Build to dive below sea level an under the Coolsingel, it is certainly a fascinating bit of shopping architecture.
De Kuip (the Tub) – The Stadium FeyenoordDe Kuip (the Tub) – The Stadium Feyenoord

De Kuip (the Tub) – The Stadium Feyenoord

The actual name, Stadium Feyenoord, derives from the Football club Feyenoord, which in turn has been named after the district Feyenoord in Rotterdam. Its nickname is due to its clean, oval look seen from above – looking like a bathtub. Opened in 1937, the stadium was built of glass, concrete and steel and two free-hanging tiers with no obstacles blocking the view. Johannes Brinkman and Leendert van der Vlugt designed the building, which later even acted as an example to many other famous stadiums.
Het Potlood (the Pencil) – De Blaaktoren – Building next to KubuswoningenHet Potlood (the Pencil) – De Blaaktoren – Building next to Kubuswoningen

Het Potlood (the Pencil) – De Blaaktoren – Building next to Kubuswoningen

The Blaaktower was designed by the same architect as its neighbour the Kubus houses, Piet Blom. Overlooking the city centre, the residential tower is a little more than 60 m high. It has thirteen floors that are used for living, a general service area on the ground floor and a pointy, decorative roof that has no further use, apart from evoking the nickname “the pencil”. The levels are dived into six flats by concrete walls, just like a trivial pursuit piece and its wedges. The apartment block was opened in 1984.
Pluk-me-kaal-straat (Puntegaalstraat, used to be the tax office)Pluk-me-kaal-straat (Puntegaalstraat, used to be the tax office)

Pluk-me-kaal-straat (Puntegaalstraat, used to be the tax office)

Puntegaalstraat 23, a very impressive building that stands out overlooking the big and small sluices, two bridges, a massive roundabout, and a bit of the Euromastpark, used to be the tax office. Today an apartment block, but the name “pluk-me-kaal” stems from these buildings use as the central tax office. Back then, the name of the street was changed by Rotterdammers to and is still known as, “rob-me-blind” street.
De Zwaan (The Swan), also known as The Harp – Erasmus bridgeDe Zwaan (The Swan), also known as The Harp – Erasmus bridge

De Zwaan (The Swan), also known as The Harp – Erasmus bridge

The Erasmus bridge, completed in 1996 and part of Rotterdam’s official logo, connects the north and south part of Rotterdam spans the river “Nieuwe Maas”. Designed by Ben van Berkel the bridge is 802 meters long and 139 meters high. It can partially open for very high ships and includes tram rails as well as car traffic, bike lanes and pedestrian lanes. Its most striking feature is its pale blue, but white looking colour. It has a single pylon, bent backwards, secured with 16 frontstay and two backstay cables giving it its striking, elegant look and nicknames.

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