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Westersingel – The axis of culture

Once you’ve exited the Central Station the Westersingel is like a green carpet rolled out for you and welcoming you to enter the city. It stretches almost 2 kms to its final destination: the Scheepvaart Quarter around the Veerhaven and it’s my favorite stroll through, or rather along the centre.

This network of canals, gently winding watercourses accompanied by a tree-lined avenue was designed in the mid 1850s by the Zochers (yup, the same ones who designed The Park). Once, together with a few other canals, part of the city Water project, a hygienic solution for flushing the town waters as a framework for urban expansion in the future, it now is mostly a very pleasant lush walkway.

Halfway the Westersingel is ‘t Oude Tramhuis, a century-old steel mobile hut, which served as a waiting room and later turned into a 24/7 bar in which I’ve spent some nights of the kind not to be mentioned here. The pavilion now hosts a Turkish snackbar.

What really does it for me is the presence of a large number of statues and artworks along the canal. Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Paul McCarthy’s Santa Claus and Giuseppe Penone’s elevated tree are just a few of them.

Enjoy your stroll!

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Westersingel, Rotterdam, Rotterdam

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24 hours daily

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Free

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)