Rotterdam has an enormous amount of impressive street art dotted around the city centre through its beautiful harbour city. We are extremely excited to get to visit Rotterdam as not only it offers a great street art scene but there is much more reasons for anyone to go and visit the city.
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Urban Art Scene
Rotterdam offer several areas in the city center where you can discover the many faces that Rotterdam has to offer. Murals have been created by both local and international artists.
The city offers many different spots to explore including Crooswijk, Rotterdam’s oldest neighbourhood.
The Schuttersveld square in Crooswijk also hosts the first legal graffiti wall in Rotterdam. This ‘Hall Of Fame’ was also the first Wallspot Wallspot.org location in The Netherlands. With the app or the website, everyone in the world can make a reservation for a registered wall.
The Hall of Fame at Schuttersveld is an accessible platform for young and local talent to develop both their skills and style. It became a dynamic location with new paintings appearing all the time.
Last year POW! WOW! Street Art Festival came to Rotterdam! The Festival is the best known street art festival in the world. It started in the outskirts of Hawaii, transforming a grey suburb into a beloved open air gallery. After several successful editions on the island, the festival spread to locations in Los Angeles, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. Through this expansion, the festival quickly became a household name that all street artists wish to be a part of.
In 2018, its very first European edition was held to much acclaim, with Rotterdam as its proud host!
Art and design
From cutting edge contemporary galleries to one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands, Rotterdam has a diverse collection of art where you´ll find outdoor sculptures, installations and street art spread throughout the city.
The Museum van Boijmans Beuningen is one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands, and one of Europe’s finest art galleries with an impressive permanent collection that spans Dutch and European painting from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, including works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Monet, Mondrian, Magritte as well as a dedicated Dalí exhibition room in the fantastic Surrealism wing – one of the largest collections of his works outside France and Spain.
This city offers a unique contrast to old-world Europe with its angular glass-clad buildings and ever-changing skyline. Having been bombed during WWII, Rotterdam quickly transformed itself where many modern buildings emerged. It is easy to find examples of architectural styles spanning post-WWII to the present day.
The Overblaak Development, designed by architect Piet Blom and built between the late 1970s is an innovative series of toppled and tilted yellow-and-grey cubes paved the way for modern architecture in Rotterdam. It id located in the city centre very close to the walls of POW!WOW! Festival. Each house in the Overblaak Development was built to resemble a tree and together they represent a forest. One of the apartment owners has turned his into a museum for public viewing.
The Market Hall is the first indoor market in the Netherlands, with over 100 stalls selling fresh products, as well as restaurants and cooking classes. The building is designed by MVRDV and is full of residential apartments covering the market square.
Bazar is a Rotterdam institution, it buzzes any time of the day and night with hip locals and has the authenticity of a bustling souk with its colourful hanging lanterns and vibrant atmosphere. The vast menu spans North African and Middle Eastern fare, from falafel pita sandwiches to Royal Persian lamb accompanied by sweet mint tea.
The De Witte Aap is a corner bar, De Witte Aap (The White Monkey) located on Witte de Withstraat, appeals to the cool creative locals from the morning crowd to late-night revellers.
The unique King Kong Hostel is a chic location. Every little details have been carefully thought through from the roof garden, a vintage gym and a basement completed with cinema.