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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 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 aerial shots of the city and its port. The first two photos are views of Rotterdam and the port from my plane window.

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.

See other Plane Views on Velvet Escape.

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