When people visit Rotterdam, they will automatically visit an area known as the Oude Haven (Old Harbour) due to the Cube houses now accompanied by the (iconic) Market Hall. The Old Harbour is an area between Haringvliet and the Wijnhaven.
It’s a shame that a big part of old Rotterdam was wiped away during WWII but otherwise we wouldn’t have contrast-rich areas like these harbours.
The Old Harbour is a peek into the past as it’s the oldest harbour in Rotterdam with historic boats. I like the houseboats and the small wharf Koningspoort where people repair their (historic) boats. While the Oude Haven is lined with lots of cafés and terraces, the Haringvliet which dates from 1590 is a more tranquil area.
Construction work never ceases so there are now new buildings like a hotel with a nice bar, CitizenM, and more café/restaurants in this area.
The Wijnhaven is divided into the past and present: Het Witte Huis (White House), once the highest (art nouveau) brick building in Europe, still stands firmly accompanied with a row of nice semi old houses.
A lot of slim tall buildings like the Red Apple building dominate this small piece of land on the other side of the André van der Louwbrug. The name has a connection with the past; apples were also transported by boat here.
There’s still an apple tree near that building. Try and find it for yourself in this mix of old and new architecture. Hint: It’s across a hotel 🙂