River dating rotterdam
Halfway along the canal you’ll see the Functionalist façade of De Unie (14), at Mauritsweg 34-35 (00 31 6 4839 4017; unie010.nl), which originally opened as a café and restaurant in 1925, and reopened in 1986.It was one of the many city centre buildings to fall victim to the bombs dropped by the Luftwaffe on May 14, 1940 – a trail of lights set into pavements marks the boundary of that wartime destruction.Sweaters or jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings. It helped that we had the perfect weather for the river cruise and the walking trail along all the windmills.Good quality sunglasses are advised, and photo-chromatic lenses are suggested for those who wear spectacles. It was an easy tour to locate the boat, relax and enjoy the scenery and the walk amongst the windmills.View paintings by the likes of Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh and Piet Mondriaan, along with furniture designed by the De Stijl movement’s Gerrit Rietveld.From February 11 until May 28 the Mad About Surrealism exhibition will show works by the likes of Salvador Dali, Max Ernst and René Magritte. The icing on the cake Schiedam, a mere five-minute rail journey from central Rotterdam, is home to the world’s tallest traditional windmill and renowned as the centre of Dutch gin production.Rides by water taxi (watertaxirotterdam.nl), costing from €4.50, are a thrilling way of seeing the skyline from the river.
These windmills played a vital role in preventing flooding in this area.
Grab your grub and take a seat among the eclectic array of furniture at the building’s centre.
The Kaapse Brouwers brewpub (00 31 10 2180 853; kaapsebrouwers.nl) hosts live jazz sessions on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Window shopping Browse vintage furniture in Posse (16) at Verlaan 13 (00 31 10 7371 815; posse.nl).
Lunch on the run For informal dining, cross the river and take your pick from stalls in the Fenix Food Factory (15) at Veerlaan 19D (fenixfoodfactory.nl).
The emphasis is on local, artisanal produce – a bakery, coffee roastery and Moroccan deli number among businesses operating in the former warehouse.