Postcards of the Past


Rotterdam, Netherlands



Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands, and Europe's largest port. It is located in the province of South Holland, at the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas channel leading into the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta and the North Sea. Rotterdam is divided into a northern and a southern part by the river Nieuwe Maas, connected by (from west to east): the Beneluxtunnel; the Maastunnel; the Erasmusbrug; a subway tunnel; the Willemsspoortunnel; the Willemsbrug; the Koninginnebrug; and the Van Brienenoordbrug. The former railway lift bridge De Hef is preserved as a monument in lifted position between the Noordereiland and the south of Rotterdam. The city centre is located on the northern bank of the Nieuwe Maas.

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