Do as the locals do, just follow the river Maas that flows through Rotterdam and connects the North and South bank with two bridges, the red Willems bridge and the white Erasmus bridge as seen on the photo.
It gives the city its space and energy, like a pulsing artery. Because I live at the Kop van Zuid I like to walk across the bridges whilst enjoying a breeze from the river and seeing the ever changing skyline. I just love this river, with its high and low tides and big cargo and cruise-ships passing by.
Cross the river via the Willems bridge. There used to be an Iron train bridge here. A tunnel for the train replaced this bridge in the mid ’80s and the only remaining part is the Hef bridge which was saved from demolition to become a monument. Turn right after the Koninginne bridge, onto the Stieltjesstraat. Keep following the river, pass Villa Zebra and the trendy Suite hotel Pincoff where they serve good coffee.
Pass under the Poortgebouw. You’ll reach Laan op Zuid, with the tallest office building of NL, the Maas Tower. For a good view climb the stairs of the white platform. Cross the river via the Erasmus bridge and turn right to the Boompjes.