Hofbogenpark: Rotterdam's newest green landmark

Hofbogenpark: Rotterdam's newest green landmark

ROTTERDAM, 10 November 2023 – The final design of the Hofbogenpark, an innovative urban green space set to be the Netherlands' longest rooftop park, has been confirmed, marking a significant step towards its realization in Rotterdam.

Final design of Hofbogenpark confirmed

The Hofbogenpark, poised to become the longest rooftop park in the Netherlands, is nearing its construction phase. The final design for this unique, 2-kilometer long urban green space, located atop the historic Hofbogen, has been approved by the municipal council, and the tendering process is set to begin. The project, slated to commence in 2025, will transform the path of the Netherlands' first electric train into a tranquil walking area from Gordelweg in the north to Luchtpark in the city centre.

Hofbogenpark: Rotterdam's newest green landmarkHofbogenpark: Rotterdam's newest green landmark

Historical significance and transformation

The Hofplein line, a railway connecting Rotterdam and The Hague-Scheveningen, operated for nearly a century, with trains traversing the city via the Hofbogen. This viaduct has not only served as a railway but also played a vital social role through its hosting of shops and businesses.

Emphasizing inclusivity, the Hofbogenpark aims to welcome both residents and visitors, alongside fostering biodiversity. The design focuses on plant diversity and creating habitats for various species, including bees, butterflies, toads, bats, birds, and hedgehogs. Special access points will be installed for smaller animals.

Hofbogenpark: Rotterdam's newest green landmarkHofbogenpark: Rotterdam's newest green landmark

Evolving landscapes and sustainable features

The park's design mirrors the evolving scenery of a train journey, offering diverse experiences along its length. From the lively urban vibe near Station Hofplein to the tranquility towards Noorderkanaal, activity spots or 'platforms' along the walkway will offer different experiences, such as a children's play area at Ammersooiseplein and a contemplative water platform at Bergselaan.

The park will feature a circular water system for rainwater collection and purification, aiding the city's resilience against heavy rainfall and droughts. This system will eliminate the need for tap water for irrigation and water play areas.

Traversing four densely populated city districts in northern Rotterdam, the Hofbogenpark promises a serene green retreat amidst the urban landscape. Future plans include gradually greening the surrounding streets and potentially constructing a bridge over the A20 to ecologically connect the park with Schiebroek.

Hofbogenpark: Rotterdam's newest green landmarkHofbogenpark: Rotterdam's newest green landmark

 

Directions to Hofbogenpark

When completed, Hofbogenpark will be located in the heart of Rotterdam. The area surrounding the park features a mix of historic and modern urban elements, offering a unique walking experience.

Rotterdam Zoo focuses on species preservation

Rotterdam Zoo focuses on species preservation

ROTTERDAM, 1 November 2023 – Diergaarde Blijdorp, a key fixture in Rotterdam's cultural and natural landscape, embarks on a transformative journey towards ecosystem restoration and species conservation.

Diergaarde Blijdorp's new direction

In a significant shift, Diergaarde Blijdorp, a prominent zoo in Rotterdam, has announced a refined mission and vision for its future, extending to 2050. The zoo's updated strategy places a strong emphasis on species conservation and ecosystem restoration. Erik Zevenbergen, the director of Diergaarde Blijdorp, expressed the organization's deep sense of responsibility towards these goals. The comprehensive Masterplan is available for public access at diergaardeblijdorp.nl/masterplan2050.

Restoration of nature

With a history spanning 166 years, Diergaarde Blijdorp is not only celebrated for its aesthetic appeal but also for its significant role in nature conservation. Zevenbergen highlights the zoo's commitment to reversing ecological challenges and preserving biodiversity as central to its mission. The new motto, "Together we bring nature back to life," encapsulates this commitment.

Focus on the TEN species

The zoo's immediate focus is on ten specific animal and plant species, collectively referred to as the TEN. These species are targeted for significant conservation efforts, with the aim to remove them from the 'Endangered' category of the IUCN Red List by 2050. Diergaarde Blijdorp plays a crucial role in international population management and species preservation, as detailed in the Masterplan. The species include the red panda, Rüppell's vulture, pygmy hippopotamus, Lesser Antillean iguana, common stingray, Asian elephant, Dalmatian pelican, surgeonfish, Annam leaf turtle, and Rwanda water lily.

Commitment to future generations

Zevenbergen stresses the importance of acting now to preserve nature for future generations, emphasizing the responsibility to leave a sustainable legacy. The zoo's efforts are geared towards ensuring a balanced and healthy planet for the children of tomorrow.

About Diergaarde Blijdorp

The Royal Rotterdam Zoo, known as Diergaarde Blijdorp, has been a prominent feature in the European zoo landscape for 166 years. As the most visited zoo in the Netherlands and a repeatedly chosen favourite destination, it offers a close experience with global nature and wildlife.

 

How to get there

Diergaarde Blijdorp is located in a vibrant area of Rotterdam, easily accessible by public transport and car. For visitors using public transportation, the zoo is a short walk from the Rotterdam Centraal station. For those driving, ample parking is available near the entrance. The zoo's picturesque setting makes it an ideal destination for both locals and tourists.

 

2024 Tour de France Femmes: Dutch Routes

2024 Tour de France Femmes: Dutch Routes

ROTTERDAM, 25 October 2023 – The route for the 2024 Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, commencing outside France for the first time, has been announced in Paris. The race will start in Rotterdam and includes stages in The Hague and Dordrecht.

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2024: Dutch stages revealed

The event, spanning from 12 to 18 August, will feature three stages in the Netherlands. This marks the first time the prestigious women's cycling event starts outside France. The collaboration involves Rotterdam, The Hague, and Dordrecht, aiming to create an accessible event that encourages cycling and physical activity.

First stage: Rotterdam to The Hague

Revealed in Paris, the first stage on 12 August starts next to the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam's Museumpark, covering 138 kilometers to The Hague. The route passes through Voorne-Putten and Westland, concluding in Kijkduin.

Second and third stages in Rotterdam

On 13 August, two stages are scheduled. The morning stage, a 73-kilometer ride from Dordrecht to Rotterdam, passes through Kinderdijk and Alblasserwaard. The afternoon features a 6-kilometer individual time trial in Rotterdam, starting at Erasmusbrug, passing landmarks like the Willemsbrug, and finishing on the Boompjes.



From Rotterdam to Valkenburg and beyond

Post the Rotterdam stages, the tour proceeds to a stage from Valkenburg to Liège, concluding at l’Alpe d’Huez on 18 August.

Rotterdam's pre-Tour festivities

A city program on 11 August in Rotterdam precedes the Grand Départ, featuring cycling tours and opportunities for visitors to experience the Tour route.

Official comments

Rotterdam's Alderman for Sports, Faouzi Achbar, expressed pride in hosting the event, emphasizing its potential to inspire and engage in cycling. Similarly, The Hague's Alderman for Sports, Hilbert Bredemeijer, and Dordrecht's Alderman Marc Merx highlighted the event's significance for city engagement and cycling promotion.

Directions and event information

For detailed event directions and information, visit the official website letourfemmes-rotterdam.nl.

How to reach the event

The event starts at Museumpark, located near the heart of Rotterdam. Easily accessible by public transportation, Museumpark is a vibrant area known for its cultural institutions.

Euromast Rotterdam: spectacular views and unique experiences

Euromast Rotterdam: spectacular views and unique experiences

Discover the Euromast in Rotterdam, a popular landmark offering stunning views, fine dining, and thrilling activities like abseiling. Learn all you need to know.

Photo: Iris van den Broek
 

Euromast: a landmark and a destination

The Euromast has been an internationally renowned icon in Rotterdam since 1960. With a height of 185 metres, it is one of the highest buildings in the city and offers a unique 360-degree perspective. This special Rotterdam icon is a popular (tourist) attraction that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Moreover, the Euromast also has a brasserie where you can have lunch, (literally) high tea or dinner while you watch the city below. And, if you're up for a total experience, you could even spend the night at the Euromast in one of their suites.
 

Excitement and thrills at high altitude

Looking for a unique outing to test your courage? Then the Euromast in Rotterdam is the place to be. For the real daredevils, there is a special activity to do from May till September: the highest rappelling point in all of Europe! From the viewing platform at 100 metres height, you step over the balustrade and let yourself sink down while looking out over the city. 

You don't need any experience to rappel from the Euromast, but you do need some guts, of course. The adrenaline rush you get from it is more than worth it, and you will be rewarded with the most beautiful view of Rotterdam. The experienced and certified instructors guarantee safety, because participants are always secured with climbing belts and wear protective gloves. After an instruction, you can start stepping over the balustrade, which for many is the most exciting part.

The descent takes about 15 minutes, during which you hang free from the building for the most part and determine yourself how fast you go. Rappelling is an ideal activity for an exciting company outing, bachelor day or even for an original romantic date.

Abseiling from the Euromast in RotterdamAbseiling from the Euromast in Rotterdam

Dining at the Euromast restaurant

The Euromast restaurant, also known as the Brasserie, is a modern and stylish dining venue in the iconic Euromast tower in Rotterdam. Offering stunning panoramic views of the city skyline, the restaurant serves a diverse menu with a focus on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. The culinary offerings range from creative international dishes to classic Dutch favourites, catering to various tastes and preferences. The restaurant is known for its ambiance, exceptional service, and unique location, making it an ideal choice for a memorable dining experience in Rotterdam.

Every season, the Euromast restaurant introduces a new spring menu, offering a range of creative dishes inspired by international cuisines. With recent options including recipes such as pulled chicken sandwiches with ras el hanout spices and grilled bavette with asparagus, the Euromast restaurant caters to a variety of tastes.

High altitude dining at Euromast restaurant in RotterdamHigh altitude dining at Euromast restaurant in Rotterdam

Coffee bar and concept store

The Euromast is often seen as a tall tower with a viewing platform, but there's actually plenty to do at the Euromast, before or after rappelling. For example, there's a coffee bar and concept store on the ground floor, which are free to visit. At the coffee bar, you can go for a coffee break and grab a snack or get something to go and enjoy in the park where the Euromast is located. At the concept store, a mix of products by Rotterdam icons is available.

Euromast viewing platform and Euroscoop

You can also go higher up by taking the elevator to the viewing platform at 100 metres. Or step into the Euroscoop (pronounced as Euro scope). At 185 metres, you can admire the 360-degree view while rotating, which even allows you to see as far as the port of Rotterdam, The Hague, and Delft.

Euroscoop experience at Euromast RotterdamEuroscoop experience at Euromast Rotterdam

The Euromast not only offers astonishing views over Rotterdam, but the attraction has added a real 'thrill experience' to the Euroscoop. During a ride with the Euroscoop, you see the city and its surroundings from all angles, while the glass floor beneath you becomes transparent. As a result, it feels as if you are floating above Rotterdam! It's an exciting experience, supported by a light show, sound effects, and music until you reach the top at a height of 185 metres.

Euromast' Euroscope now has a glass floorEuromast' Euroscope now has a glass floor

The ride, which lasts about 7 minutes, offers a 360-degree perspective of Rotterdam. A voice-over simultaneously informs you about the vibrant city, its inhabitants, the diversity, and the impact of the enormous harbour area. The brand new and intelligent glass floor, which transitions from opaque to transparent, makes a ride with the Euroscoop even more enjoyable. Do you dare?

About the Euromast

Since 1960, the Euromast has been a fixture in Rotterdam's skyline, providing visitors with a unique 360-degree perspective of the city. In addition to its stunning views, the tower offers fine dining and even overnight stays in its high-altitude suites. The Euromast is part of the Magnicity group, which highlights iconic towers worldwide, including the Berliner Fernsehturm, Paris Montparnasse, and 360 Chicago.
 
Celebrate NYE with the National Fireworks show in Rotterdam

Celebrate NYE with the National Fireworks show in Rotterdam

If there is a fireworks show you must have been to, it's Het Nationale Vuurwerk in Rotterdam! On December 31st, the largest, most impressive and spectacular fireworks show in The Netherlands take place on the Erasmus Bridge.
 
In 2019, for the first time, there will also be sensational fireworks shows on the beaches of Nesselande and Hoek van Holland.
 
The programme is pretty much the same at every location. From 22:30 onwards, DJ's will play the biggest hits of the as the year. You can enjoy traditional Dutch oliebollen (Dutch doughnuts) with family or friends and count down together with all the other visitors during a spectacular countdown! At exactly 00:00 hours the most beautiful fireworks burst out everywhere.
 
Can't make it? And own a TV? Every year, the fireworks spectacle on the Erasmus Bridge is broadcasted live on all RTL channels.
 

Aftermovie National Fireworks at Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam

 
 

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