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Creativity in Every Corner: Rotterdam Netherlands

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Creativity in Every Corner Rotterdam Netherlands

Reborn from its ruins; Rotterdam, one of Europe’s most popular destinations for design, architecture and art, knows no bounds in creativity.

Where is Rotterdam?

Rotterdam is a city that dates back to the 1260s, suffered a lot from wars throughout its history, was destroyed and recreated. Located in the south of the Netherlands, Rotterdam is the country’s second largest city after Amsterdam with a population of over 600 thousand.

Rotterdam City canal

Having one of the largest ports in the world, Rotterdam is an important transit point for world maritime trade. The ethnic diversity of the population is also quite high in the city, which is divided into two regions, north and west by the Nieuwe Maas River. Naturally, this diversity has also been influential in the city’s creation of a multicultural tradition.

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But Rotterdam’s real turning point in the architecture of a city and rising from its ashes coincides with the post-Second World War. In the city, which was bombarded by Germany, many of the places that reflect the historical city area, the old fishing town, are being destroyed. The next process is shaped by the determination to get the city back on its feet from the ruins. Widened roads, modern structures as well as extraordinary techniques are used in urban planning, which is very open to innovation. You can find the traces of creativity in the details of the city, in the buildings rising by the river, and in the traffic lights. Because creativity is the character of this city, a city that has been recreated on its ashes.

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Rotterdam contains an aesthetic touch in every detail with its modern and futuristic architecture, museums, sculptures and installations that you will often encounter on its streets. Erasmusbrug on the Nieuwe Maas River flowing through the middle of the city is one of the first to attract attention. The bridge, known as the “Swan” rather than the Erasmus Bridge, is one of the iconic symbols of the city. After that first look, the riverside offers even more. The “De Rotterdam” building, designed by the famous architect Rem Koolhaas, where 3 skyscrapers come together in an unaligned and intertwined manner; Markthal, which wraps around like a tent and makes it feel like a gigantic corridor made of glass and metal with the visual reflections on its windows, includes offices and workspaces; Central station, Centraal Station, which amazes with its gigantic and modern form, is just a few of the things you can see when you come to the city.

Cube Houses

There is a high probability that you have come across photos of these houses somehow. The purpose of Blaakse Bos, designed by Piet Blom in 1970, is that these houses evoke the look and feel of a tree and a forest altogether. This design, which is a large complex with its own school, shops and walking areas, is not made from a single piece and to be watched. For those who want to visit, one of the houses is open to visitors, but in the others, life continues within the form that plays with this perception of reality. The view created by the houses inclined 45 degrees to the ground, the angles that show the sky in the form of a star from their common courtyards will make you feel that you are in an extraordinary design world.

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Luchtsingel Bridge
The construction costs of the Luchtsingel Bridge, which was built with crowdfunding, were covered by the contribution of 8 thousand people. The railings on both sides of the 400-meter-long bridge and the floor are made of yellow wooden boards. On these yellow plates are written the names of 8 thousand people who contributed to its construction. 

Van Nelle Factory Inscribed
on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014, the Van Nelle Factory is another architectural treasure of Rotterdam. The building, which was a tobacco factory until the 1990s, today provides office services to professionals in the field of design and art. The factory, which was built between 1927 and 1930 and is one of the best examples of Dutch modern architecture, is a building designed by Brinkman & Van der Vlugt.

Rotterdam Museums
Boijmans, one of the most important museums in Rotterdam and even in Europe, hosts a large collection ranging from the Middle Ages to today’s contemporary art. The museum, which houses the works of masters such as Van Gogh, Dali, Bosch and Rembrandt, is located on MüzePark Street. Around it, there is the Chabot Museum and at the end of the street, near the MuseumPark train station, Picasso’s sculpture Sylvette is located. 

Some of the must-see museums are: The Maritime Museum, which is the oldest maritime museum in the Netherlands and contains the history of the city, which has a great importance in terms of maritime history and maritime trade, Nederlands Fotomuseum, which has an archive of over 5.5 million photographs, and the Rotterdam-based agency OMA / Rem Koolhas opened in 1992. created Kunsthal Rotterdam.

Homage
to Architecture Rotterdam Architecture Month, which will be celebrated with many events in the city on 24 May – 16 June 2019, is an event not to be missed by those who are interested in architecture and design. In addition, events such as Rooftop Days and the 100th Anniversary of the Bauhaus create unique opportunities for all visitors to experience the city’s creative breath in architecture.   

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These spaces full of design and creativity in Rotterdam are sure to stir your aesthetic senses. While you are wandering around these museums and stops by making your own daily plans, do not forget to watch the city panorama from Rotterdam’s highest tower Euromast, taste delicious food at Blaak Mark or Feniz Food Factory, and spend a pleasant evening on Cool Street. On one street you can see a statue of Santa Claus, on another a life-size statue of the tallest person in the Netherlands, Rigardus Rijnhout, a traffic light curled up like a hair, a red old BMW installation that looks like it’s about to fall on you from the top of a glass structure. keep it in mind.

Remember the past in the region of Delfshaven, which survived the war, and do not leave without seeing Kinderdijk, where there are 19 windmills from the 1740s, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This innovative and dynamic city, which was built with creativity and continues to be built, has many stories to offer you in every street and in every building.

Kenta started his early career as a game developer, after working four years for an Dutch company, he stepped into web research and news technologies and became a web enthusiast, which made him start Amsterdamfox.com. Kenta loves animals and usually takes part in activities related to animal rights and welfare.

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A new night train from Amsterdam to Barcelona!

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A new night train from Amsterdam to Barcelona!

Railways organization European Sleeper submitted its night train offer between Amsterdam and Barcelona to Dutch Consumers and Markets Authority ACM. If permission is granted, the Barcelona night train will start its services on 10 December 2023.

The new night train will also stop at many of the Netherlands’ train stations. These stations are expected to be Amsterdam Centraal, The Hague HS, Rotterdam Centraal and Roosendaal. Train services are estimated to be three times a week. In addition, it is stated that the possibility of daily voyages may occur in the future. The number of expeditions will be determined by capacity and equipment adequacy.
European Sleeper, as a Dutch-Belgian company, was established last year to close the night train gap to Europe and to be an alternative to air travel. The organization recently announced that it would open night train services to France in cooperation with Sunweb.
Night train services have developed in recent years, but have come to a standstill with the pandemic. Currently Nightjet offers night trains from Amsterdam, Utrecht, Arnhem to Frankfurt. On this route, passengers can transfer to Basel, Zurich, Munich, Innsbruck or Vienna.
Another company, GreenCityTrip, operates night trains from the Netherlands to Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy and Sweden with tour operator TUI.
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Minimum civil servant salaries in the Netherlands will be 2 thousand euros

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Minimum civil servant salaries in the Netherlands will be 2 thousand euros

In the Netherlands, the Ministry of the Interior announced that the minimum civil servant salaries will increase by 2.5 percent as of July 1 to 2,016 euros.

In the next two years, civil servant salaries in the Netherlands will increase in three stages. In a structural sense, the salary increase will be 75 euros per month, while a one-time gross will be 900 euros.
The 2.5 percent increase will be experienced on 1 July. Officers will receive a one-time fee of 450 euros on 1 December. In April 2023, civil servants’ salaries will increase by 3 percent, while civil servants will receive a one-time fee of 450 euros. At the beginning of 2024, the increase will be 1.5 percent.
The new salary arrangement will affect 130 thousand civil servants.
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Enjoy the canals of Amsterdam with paddle boarding!

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Today we will examine the Paddle Surfing (Canal Sup) event for you. SUP stands for Stand Up Paddle. In this activity, you will stand on a large surfboard and sail along the canal with paddles in hand!

Paddle surfing is one of the most developed water sports in recent years. Judging by the recommendations, those who try it will immediately understand why this sport is flourishing!
So, will those who want to paddle surf need any training? This is among the first questions that come to mind, but no, you don’t need training to paddle board.
It is enough to know how to swim and to balance on the surfboard. If you want, you can do paddle surfing by standing on your knees rather than standing up. Don’t forget to post a photo on Instagram while standing up!
Prices for paddle boarding usually start from 10 euros. You can enjoy surfing for one, three hours or half a day if you want!
Surfboards also vary according to the number of people. One can ride the surfboard for two, alone or with a friend or lover. But remember, it’s important to stay in sync and balance!
There is also the opportunity to canoe for those who are worried about falling. This way you can both enjoy the channels and feel much safer!
Well, have you ever tried paddle surfing in Amsterdam? Share with us in the comments!
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