Rotterdam is the main port of the Netherlands and is the country’s second largest city after Amsterdam. It’s also one of the world’s largest ports. Located at the mouth of the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta, Rotterdam (map) is often called the “Gateway to Europe” as it handles a large percentage of cargo to and from Europe. The city was heavily bombed during the Second World War but today boasts world-class museums, a vibrant cultural scene and excellent examples of contemporary architecture. On a recent flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, the plane flew right across Rotterdam. The weather was clear, making it possible to take some great shots of the city and its port. The aerial views of Rotterdam from the plane window were just stunning!

An aerial view of Rotterdam

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A plane window view of Rotterdam.

I managed to zoom into the Rotterdam city centre. The city’s iconic Erasmus bridge, with its shiny double-footed steel mast, can clearly be seen.

The Erasmus bridge and the Rotterdam city centre.

Read about things to do in Rotterdam.

Rotterdam port

On another flight, this time on the approach to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, I got a great view of the Rotterdam Port, one of the largest ports in the world.

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An aerial view of the Port of Rotterdam.
A panoramic view of Rotterdam and its port. In the bottom of the photo, you can see the circular zig-zag fortifications of the historic town of Brielle.

See other Plane Views on Velvet Escape.

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