FROM ROTTERDAM TO MILAN: TRAVELING BY EUROPE BY TRAIN
Traveling by train in European cities has long been popular with the locals, but Russians are still little known. Meanwhile, this is a budget option to explore the region for those who can not rent a car, but want to visit a number of countries in a few days. For such travelers, the Interrail Pass program is provided. Interrail subscriptions are for EU citizens, and Eurail for everyone else.
The pass gives you the opportunity to choose one or more countries and the number of days that the ticket will be valid. 5 days within two weeks or 7.10 or 15 – within a month for trips across Europe and 3, 4, 6 or 8 days within a month for trips in one country. The main thing is to always book a place on the next train in advance and enter the date, starting and ending point for the day in your Interrail Pass before the trip. GEO has built its route across Europe, but you can easily redo it for yourself – the program includes 30 countries.
Rotterdam was almost completely destroyed during World War II. Today, the surviving and restored buildings are side by side with glass skyscrapers. Architectural “dressing” became the hallmark of Rotterdam. In 2013, a utopian island of skyscrapers was constructed according to the Rem Koolhaas project next to the Erasmus cable-stayed bridge, and in 2014 the central Markthal indoor market, designed by the architectural bureau MVRDV, opened. During the first year of its existence, the market was visited by more tourists than the Eiffel Tower in Paris. On the way, MVRDV has a new project – a 39-meter high Art Depot building: thanks to the mirror panels, it will merge with the landscape. The project is scheduled to open in 2019.
Residents of Rotterdam are involved in the development of the city. The Luchtsingel footbridge between the northern regions and the center was built with funds raised by crowdfunding. The names of the patrons of art are immortalized on wooden planks, and on some panels declarations of love are collected.
The most fashionable street of Rotterdam – Witte de Withstraat – was once a dangerous area, but gradually it appeared the works of street artists, including Timon Ferenc de Laat. “Twice a year I go on great journeys and take lots of pictures. Those moments that I want to remember the most, I paint on the walls of buildings in Rotterdam. So I perpetuate travel. ” Local street art artists have merged and created the ReWriters app with secret routes to urban graffiti sites.
Barbecue and cocktails or beer can be enjoyed at the Biergarten bar. Locals love this place very much, but tourists rarely find it. You can dance in the club Toffler, built right in the underground tunnel.
Aloha Bar has a special story. In the 80s it was the most popular pool. If you ask adult residents, each of them at least once celebrated his birthday in him in his childhood. By the early 2000s, the pool was empty. The building remained abandoned until 2014, until it was turned into a bar. The designer left in the interior of the details, reminiscent of the past institutions: part of the pool, bridges and slide.
Dertien is a place for gourmets. The menu is seasonal, all products are ordered from local producers or are made by themselves. Owner Pepin Schmeynk often carries dishes along with the waiters. If you find him, feel free to ask for advice from the menu. He talks about all the dishes as enthusiastically as the artist about his paintings. However, his creations are works of art.
Posse resembles an old furniture camber: the interior combines the incongruous and creates complete insanity from objects of art, furniture and photographs. “I always strive for perfection and order, but I understand that in my case they are unattainable,” said the owner of the bar Paul Posse, a photographer of glossy publications in the past. All objects and things in Posse can be bought.
Dusseldorf is one of the greenest cities in Europe. The capital of North Rhine-Westphalia has such a good ecology that ducks are walking along the tram rails, and sheep graze on the banks of the Rhine.
The authorities have turned the abandoned port in the area of Media Harbor into a space for creative people. In the former barns lofts for start-ups and large media were located. For travelers, the doors of the bars are open here, for example, The View on the 16th floor of the Innside hotel, which offers views of the city.
Walking through this area, stop by the complex of buildings by architect Frank O’Gheri and by the brick building, along which colorful amphibian men crawl – an art project by German artist Rosalie.