Designed by Dutch architect Hugh Maaskant for the 1960 Floriade flower festival, Euromast dominates the Rotterdam skyline with its futuristic shape, serving as a much-loved city landmark. Now standing 606 feet (185 meters) tall, Euromast was originally only 328 feet tall before its extra height was added in the 1970s to counter its lost title as Holland’s tallest structure. Originally built as an observation tower, Euromast is better known today as a center for fine dining and adrenaline-pumping extreme sports.
From the bottom to the top, a visit to Euromast tests bravery. Speedboats depart from the foot of the tower for high-speed tours of the port of Rotterdam, getting up close to Erasmus Bridge, as well as the wharves and ships of one of the world’s largest commercial ports. Up at Euromast’s viewing platforms, which are accessible by elevator, visitors can rappel down the tower (summer only, check dates) or zip-line to the ground on the last Sunday of every month.
The revolving Euroscoop elevator corkscrews its way up from the viewing platform and takes those unafraid of heights to the very top, while a brasserie serving snacks such as bitterballen (spicy Dutch meat balls) can be found perched up at 314 feet (96 meters). If you can’t bear to leave, the tower houses two hotels rooms with stupendous views from their private balconies.
Euromast is at Parkhaven, and entrance costs €9.25. It is open daily in April through September from 9:30 a.m. until 11 p.m., and in October through March from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Rappelling is bookable in advance and costs €52.50, while speedboat rides cost €47.50. There is plenty of paid parking in the vicinity (with no option to pay with cash) and Tram 8 can be taken from downtown Rotterdam. Combination tickets for Euromast and Kunsthal Rotterdam are available for adults at €16.20 each, €9.95 for youth ages 12 to 18 and at €7.70 for children ages 6 to 11.