Beautiful must see in Rotterdam: the Markethall

Every city has something special, but Rotterdam has a lot of this kind of places. If you are visiting Rotterdam for a weekend or a week the Markethall isn’t a hotspot that you should skip.


The markethall was designed in the shape of a horseshoe. The innerside of the building has lots of shops and restaurants, where you can buy healthy products and eat local and international dishes. On the roof you can find a beautiful artpiece made by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam. The artpiece has a special name: Cornucopia. A name from the Greek mythology. Cornucopia means that there are so many foods that there is enough for a lifetime, people experience saturation with food, this artpiece wants to identify the wealth and the superabundance of food.  The artists like to show this meaning by illustratingenormous fruits, seeds animals and flowers. This beautiful artpiece was very popular back in the days when the building was openend by our Queen Maxima. Our Queen called the building the Rotterdamse Sistene chapel because the artwork was immense. The artwork was printed 3D in the same studio as Pixar. The artwork was designed and printed on 4000 blocks of steel. 


If you are not interested in the building or art at all, you can also visit the markethall for food. There are more than 200 shops and restaurants with Dutch foodies. You can try the salty Dutch Herrings or the sweet Stroopwafels who are also typical Dutch. But if you are not in the mood for Dutch flavours, you can also eat international dishes such as: Japanese, Portugese, Spanish and many more!

Handy to know:

– You can park underneath the markethall, there is a huge parkingspot

– The markethall isn’t opened 24/7: Monday till Thursday the markethall is opened between 10:00 and 20:00. On Friday from 10:00 til 21:00 and in the weekend from 12:00 till 18:00.

– You can visit the markethall with public transport! If you are taking the metro hop off on the spot: Blaak. If you walk outside the metro stop you can see the beautiful building in front of you.

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