The City Hall of Rotterdam is one of the few buildings that have been spared by surprise during the bombing in the May days of 1940. The building has been serving as a town hall since 1920.
The sandstone building in Beaux-Arts style was built after it was decided at the beginning of the twentieth century that Rotterdam needed a new and larger town hall. In 1915, Queen Wilhelmina laid the first stone of the magnificent building by architect Henri Evers. The impressive facade is decorated with sculptures and is crowned with a 71 meter high bell tower. The carillon with 63 clocks you can hear on the Coolsingel ringing on Tuesday afternoon and Friday evening.
Next to the city hall is the old main post office of Rotterdam? The building was built in the same period as the town hall, when the Coolsingel was completely on the shovel. Funny fact: because the post office had to stand out less than the city hall, the 10 meter was placed backwards. In practice it works a bit counterproductive: the post office now has a nice forecourt. Stamps you can indeed already not buy a long time: it was used for some time as an exhibition space and even clothing outlet, and will soon serve as a five-star hotel.
Behind the imposing façade of the town hall are several courtyards and a beautiful courtyard. This is free to visit during the week. You can also visit special rooms such as the council chamber, the citizens' hall and the wedding rooms with a guide. Make an appointment in advance. Call for that Must See - 084 867 5112
I like coming here! Some nice piece of history of Rotterdam in the center of the city.
I did not know at all that that garden is there, but he is really beautiful. Thought the surveillance would send me away, but I asked it nicely, so it was not a problem.