One Belt One Road: Rotterdam

Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a city of many faces: a port city, a trendy nightlife city, a sophisticated shopping city and a hip artistic city. Above all, Rotterdam is the architectural city of Holland that stimulates innovation. Its skyline is always changing and there are many things to do amid Rotterdam’s skyscrapers. You can go on a shopping spree, enjoy excellent food, and visit a range of museums and attractions in and around the city centre.  
 
The best-known museums in town and two of Holland’s most sophisticated museums, Boijmans van Beuningen and Kunsthal, are located on the Museumpark in Rotterdam. Elsewhere in the city you will find even more museums and exciting attractions, such as the Scheepvaartmuseum shipping museum, Euromast, Hotel New York, Spido and Steamship Rotterdam. If the cultural attractions don't convince you, the huge and varied shopping faciities will.

 

Port of Rotterdam

Port-of-RotterdamPlacing an industrial site at the top of an eco destinations list might not seem like an obvious choice. Nonetheless, a tour through the 40 kilometers of busy shedding, trading, and transit offers a glimpse on how modern industry is adapting its ways in order to reach sustainability goals. Rotterdam’s Port Authority works for the port to become the most sustainable in the world, while cutting the carbon emissions by half until 2025.
 
As a result, biobased companies are located around the port. Also, amongst the chemical companies and power plants, the port also houses production companies using renewable energy. Moreover, Dutch scientists are looking into developing new ship coating, or using collapsible containers, ways to make a difference when it comes to the environment. Currently, the port is extending with the construction of container terminal Maasvlakte 2, and environmental aspects, such as the level or air pollution, are taken into account by the developers, who wish to have sustainable businesses as clients.

Rotterdam Museum

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Museum Boijmans van Beuningen has a collection over 140.000 pieces of art. The exposition contains old and modern art, artifacts and design. Most of the collection is on display in the museum, while some sculptures can be found in the adjacent sculpture park.

 

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Markthal

markthal

Rotterdam is notable for its modern, at times quirky architectural design. One example is the recently opened and immediately coined as the “food walhalla” of the Netherlands, the Markthal. This is an indoor market offering fresh food from local producers, while the arch above the market displays a huge vivid artwork and houses apartments.
 
Ten stories high and the size of a football pitch, the building has been designed with an eye on sustainability: the interior climate is comfortable with low energy use, the hall is ventilated naturally, and a sanitation system is aimed at saving water. Also, the tenants of the apartments are asked to sign a lease agreement regarding the sustainable use of water and energy, as well as the managing of waste and the use of healthy construction materials. In addition, following an ecologist’s advice, the facade of the building offers bat stays and nests for swifts.

Kinderdijk

rotterdam-windmill

Any eco traveler visiting the Netherlands should definitely take some time for a journey toKinderdijk,  just 15 kilometers east of Rotterdam.
Kinderdijk is a village featured as an UNESCO  World Heritage site that showcases the largest array of old windmills in the world. Once might view renewable energy as a modern concern, however, these mills dating from the 1500s were draining polders in order to keep water from flooding a country mostly located below sea level. Also, the village is a serene, beautiful place to learn about and enjoy the characteristic lifestyle and landscape of the Dutch.
It seems Rotterdam does have a green future ahead. As initiatives continue to develop, and the architecture continues to surprise visitors, tourists are of course invited to contribute to the sustainable approach during their trip.

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