[Trip]Covering Rotterdam, Kinderdijk in a day

Still thinking of where to go in South Holland but only have limited time. This post will be covering 3 places which we felt that is a must to visit, one of it would be Kinderdijk and 2 places in Rotterdam.  A little background of the places before we move on, Kinderdijk is one of the famous UNESCO world heritage in Netherlands, and Rotterdam the second largest city after Amsterdam, a young and vibrant city with bold and modern architectures.


Kinderdijk

A world heritage site, where it sits 19 authentic windmills that dated from the 18th century.

Where?

How to get there?

Visit my previous post.

Operating Hours:

11 February  – 28 February
Monday – Sunday
11:00 – 16:00
Please note: Visitor Centre Wisboomgemaal will be closed for maintenance.
March  – October
Monday – Sunday
09:00 – 17:30
November – December
Monday – Sunday
11:00 – 16:00

Cost?

Free

For public foot and cycle path is open all year.

Entrance ticket to Kinderdijk, which includes:

– Museum mill Nederwaard and Blokweer
– Multiscreen film of 12 minutes about Kinderdijk in visitors centre Wisboom Pumping Station

Adult 

8 EUR

Child (Age 4-12)

5.5 EUR

Infant (Age 0-3)

Free

**Photo took in Nov 2016, the price have increased to 8EUR

Duration?

1.5-2 Hours

What to see?

The introduction of the windmill:

The walking path or the cycle path:

A beautiful and peaceful place, where we could slow down our pace and have a stroll along the walking path.

The water management center, where it helps to pump the water into the Lek river and prevent flood: 


Rotterdam

Situated 10km away from Kinderdijk, the city of South Holland.

How to get there?

From Kinderdijk, we took  bus 18 back to Dordrecht station and took 1 stop down to Rotterdam Blaak

Duration:

13-16 mins

Our day return ticket, allows us to hop on and off any stations along the way.

The double deck train:


Cube house

The interesting and quirky architect in Rotterdam, that was designed by Dutch architect Piet Blom.

 

Where?

Cost?

3EUR

Operating hour?

11:00-17:00 (Daily)

Duration:

30mins- 1 Hour

What to see?

The tilted 45-degree cube that rested upon a hexagon-shaped pillar.

As we were quite curious as to how it looks like, inside the cube house, we paid the entrance fee to go in:

The kitchen:

Bedroom:

To the rooftop:

Study room:

Little thoughts:

Is not necessary to pay for the entrance fee to go in if you are not interested. As it is not that fascinating that will make you wow~! is just a house that looks interesting. And the larger cube is converted into a hostel name Stayokay for travelers to stay and experience living in a cube.

Extra add-on:

This pencil building at the side of the cube house is an apartment building that was also designed by Dutch architect Piet Blom.


Markthal 

Another highlight of the day beside Kinderdijk would be Markthal. Markthal was known as the Market Hall of Rotterdam, is a residential and office building with a market hall underneath. What is so special about it? It is the glass panel that let you see through the marketplace, which makes it look like an open space and the outer structure that looks like a horseshoe.

Where?

Operating hour?

Market stands

Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 20.00

Sunday 12.00 – 18.00

Albert Heijn (Supermarket)

Monday – Saturday 08.00 – 21.00

Sunday 10.00 – 20.00

Bars and restaurants

The different bars and restaurants have their own opening hours.

Check https://www.markthal.nl/plattegrond

Duration:

2 Hours

The beautiful art piece”the Horn of Plenty” by artist Arno Coenen, the biggest work of art in the world.

What to eat?

There are lots of restaurants here, they even had Japanese, Italian, Chinese etc.

Obviously, we are not going to have the above, but maybe some seafood would be nice to fill our stomach and yes, we found this restaurant where we have our lunch+dinner:

Menu:

Cost:

13EUR-25 EUR (Per pax)

(Vary from stall to stall)

What we had?

Calamari

Fried prawns:

Mussels for 1 pax but is quite a lot:

Stroopwafel

The normal stroopwafel cost 0.50EUR. We order both the normal stroopwafels (small) and one super stroopwafel with Nutella (Large), both of it taste so good~!

After the dessert, we went to the market place to buy some souvenirs back, and Alert!! there is a supermarket at the basement floor, my favourite place to get the local titbits and drinks.

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