A cleverly repurposed old railway viaduct, the 1.9km-long Hofbogen houses boutiques, cafes, ateliers and other creative spaces that have been built under the viaduct's concrete arches.

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1. Luchtsingel

0.12 MILES

Linking the Schieblock with the Hofplein and Coolsingel, this elevated wooden pedestrian bridge was designed by local studio Zones Urbaines Sensibels (ZUS…

2. Schieblock

0.18 MILES

A late-1950s office building now housing design studios, the Schieblock is topped by the pioneering DakAkker harvestable roof with its Op Het Dak cafe and…

3. Stadhuis

0.35 MILES

One of the few city-centre buildings to emerge unscathed after the WWII bombardments, this grandiose building designed by HJ Evers was constructed between…

4. Museum Rotterdam


The attractive Timmerhuis building designed by Rotterdam-based Rem Koolhaas is a classy location for this museum profiling the city's past, present and…

5. Timmerhuis


Designed by OMA, the 'Carpenter's House' (2009–15) incorporates apartments, shops, restaurants and Museum Rotterdam. Often described as a 'floating cloud'…

6. Centraal Station

0.43 MILES

The most used – and quite possibly best loved – building in Rotterdam, Centraal Station was designed by Benthem Crouwel, MVSA and West 8. Built between…

7. McDonald's

0.44 MILES

Anyone who isn't convinced by Rotterdam's claim to the status of one of the world's most interesting cities of architecture need only check out the brach…

8. Bijenkorf Department Store

0.51 MILES

Legendary Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer worked with Amsterdam-based architect Abraham Elzas on the design of this department store, which opened in 1957…