We also had a coupon in the NS (Netherlands train) mailing from last fall, with a discount on the Rotterdam Welcome Card -- 2 for the price of 1. This "welcome card" is normally €10, including a day pass on all Rotterdam public transport (normally costing €7, plus discounts of at least 25% on so many Rotterdam attractions and museums. AND we discovered that the vouchers are good until the end of this year, and do not need to be used in one day. (Amsterdam's equivalent is over €40, and is for a 24-hour period only - how in the world do you do that much in one day???) So, with the coupon, we each got a Welcome Card for €5, less than the transport pass would've cost. Already saving.
Before leaving the house, we planned out where we wanted to go -- I had some places I thought he should see, and then he looked at the list and on TripAdvisor. The following details our day by metro station (though we certainly did not follow this exact order), showing how much we saved by using the Welcome Card and Museumkaart.
Het Schielandshuis -
Adam discovered via TripAdvisor that Napoleon Bonaparte stayed here long ago. Wikipedia tells me that he stayed from October 25-27, 1811. This is one of the few older historic buildings that survived the German bombing of Rotterdam in 1940.
This red outline shows the destroyed city center of Rotterdam.
|I took Adam to the VVV (tourist info) office by Beurs metro to show this image of what the city looked like in 1946, before rebuilding began. The church in the center is Sint Laurenskerk.|
This was a small but interesting museum about the Dutch history with the sea. Outside we also walked around the Havensmuseum, with various boats docked along a pier -- we couldn't board them, though. Most of the signage was in both Dutch and English, making it easier for both of us.
|Painting in the museum|
|Checking out the various boats|
Price with Welcome Card:€5,60
Price with Museumkaart: FREE!
Poffertjes SethSince we were getting a bit hungry, we headed to the Blaak area to get some poffertjes for lunch. Poffertjes are small puffy pancakes, usually doused with powdered sugar and a chunk of butter. You can also get the topping of your choice. Adam got strawberries, and I got bananas. We also got hot chocolate....talk about a sugar overload!
|Mural -- for some reason I think the poffertjessalon redecorated since September...|
I had no idea this place was so popular when I took my dad and stepmom in September, but it's an easily accessible place with yummy food.
Sint Laurenskerk -
Back in August, I stopped by the Sint Laurenskerk to check it out. Given that it had a €5 or so admission fee to further explore inside, I looked around then left. In just a week or so, I reasoned, I could bring my dad and stepmom and pay the admission fee then.
Nope. Didn't happen. We were in Rotterdam on the same day as the opening of the Erasmus University school year, with a ceremony held in Sint Laurenskerk.
|Erasmus (also possibly the oldest statue in the city/country?)|
Also, nope. During the winter months, the church is only open on Tuesdays and Saturdays. We were there on Friday.
At this rate, I'll never go inside when I want to.
War and Resistance Museum (OorlogsVerzetsmuseum):This museum was rather small, but provided a specific view of the resistance efforts and war effects on Rotterdam specifically.
|Postcard: "We sat so pleasantly/cozy with each other"|
Welcome Card: €3
Euromast -Despite the cold and somewhat cloudy day, we could still see pretty far. I spotted the Dordrecht railway bridge as well as the Rotterdam/Den Haag airport. I forgot to look for the North Sea, as some people say it's visible from the Euromast.
|Rotterdam center - with the sun reflecting from the buildings|
Regular price: €9,25
Welcome Card: €6.75 (I think this was the most I spent on one admission ticket the whole day)
Historic Delfshaven:Here is where the Pilgrims set sail for (England first, followed by) America after their decade in Leiden. It remains a historic location, and I took quite some nice photos with our new camera. :)
|Photo taken by my brother :)|
The windmill was in action that day, blades spinning in the wind, with a truck delivering grain to be milled!
Echte Rotterdammers exhibit at the Museum Rotterdam:We weren't too impressed with this exhibit -- seemed like everything was thrown together in one room.
|What Rotterdammers look like|
|Enjoying the view from this angle of the Erasmusbrug|
Cube Houses (Kijk-Kubus) --
Fun to explore, but I wouldn't want to live in one of those houses and climb all those steps!
Regular admission: €3
Welcome Card: €2
|Sint Laurenskerk by twilight|
|Instead of mints, Vapiano has a bowl full of gummy bears! Awesome!|
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