Rotte-Dam Rotterdam

Image by Anne-Marie Ros

Rotte-Dam – Where art meets history

If you like history and meeting art on your wanderings in the city, I can recommend you take a stroll at the Wijnhaven.

This quay connects the Old Harbour (Oude Haven) with the Leuven Harbour (Leuvehaven). When you’re in the Wijnhaven Tunnel look for Rotte-Dam.

The beauty of this 26-meters-long and 2,5-meters-high corten steel wall is easy to miss during the day, so try to see it at night, when the cut out in root-shaped letters word ROTTE-DAM is illuminated by LED lighting. It just gives this ordinary place a magical atmosphere.

In 2010 graphic designers Cees Boot & Robbert de Groot (Willem de Kooning academy art students at the time) won a prize with their proposal for the Wijnhaven Tunnel.

I find Rotte-Dam such a witty idea for this spot, as this is where the dam on the river Rotte was built 700 years ago and Rotterdam first arose. In 1870 the Rotte was filled to make space for the Overhead Railway that was replaced in 1993 by a train tunnel.

If you continue your walk you’ll pass the Willem de Kooning Art Academy and the De Willem canteen on your right hand.

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Wijnhaven tunnel, Rotterdam

Opening Times

24 hours daily


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