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.
The Maas 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.
Just cross the river via the Willems bridge (now wrapped in white plastic due to maintenance, as if Christo is in town;). There used to be an Iron train bridge here. A tunnel for the train replaced this trainbridge in the mid ’80s and the only remaining part is the recently painted 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 the Netherlands, the Maas Tower. For a good view and photo opp, climb the stairs of the white platform. Cross the river via the Erasmus bridge, half way is a text GREETING TO YOU. Urban Art installed here recently by Rotterdam-based-cool-artist Niels Post. Than turn right to the Boompjes and do-an-other-round 😉