The Euromast is the only place in Europe where you can enjoy a delicious meal, the view of a beautiful city and then abseil down when you’re done. Rosie Khdir reports on the heights of Rotterdam.
Rotterdam’s skyline is an architectural feast for the eyes and the most prominent feature by far is the Euromast, built in 1960 by architect H.A. Maaskant and contractor J.P. van Eesteren.
Standing 186 metres high, the tower provides excellent views of the metropolis below and, on a clear day, it is said that visitors can see Antwerp, Moerdijk and The Hague, as far as 30 kilometres away.
The Euromast has a delightful brasserie situated 100 metres up where you can enjoy breakfast lunch or dinner with a view that will make your jaw drop. The tower also serves as a perfect venue for business meetings and you can even hire out its restaurant for weddings and parties.
Have you’ve always dreamt of sleeping in the clouds? Well the Euromast can help you there. The two Heaven and Stars suites, located just above the brasserie, are the perfect place to experience a night in a glamorous sixties style apartment, with the highest balcony in Rotterdam all to yourself.
If you can brave the 185 metre height then a trip to the Euroscoop at the top of the tower is a must. This rotating platform provides observers with views of Madurodam and the cooling towers of Antwerp, and can even be visited between courses at the brasserie.
For a more adventurous way of viewing the city below, why not try abseiling down a building with no walls? The Euromast is the only building in Europe that offers abseiling in this way and no experience is required. There is also the option of rope sliding, a speedy 100 kilometre per hour descent from 100 metres up, delivering you safely on the ground within 15 seconds. Both activities are available from May to September.
Since its initial creation the tower has been extended to its current height of 186 metres, had an interior modernization and has even been included in the World Federation of Great Towers.
For prices and more information visit the Euromast website.
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