If you are looking for a special way to discover Rotterdam's architecture, AroundTown offers the unique Dudok tour. Known as the city of architecture, Rotterdam has an impressive skyline with iconic buildings such as the Erasmus Bridge, The Vertical City at Kop van Zuid, the Market Hall and the recently opened Stadstimmerhuis. Moreover, many internationally renowned architects live and work in the city. But not only contemporary architects have contributed to Rotterdam's urban splendour. Dutch architect and urban planner Willem Marinus Dudok, for instance, also left his signature in the city.
One of the highlights of Dudok's work was the design of De Bijenkorf department store in Rotterdam. At its opening in 1930, it attracted as many as 70,000 spectators. Unfortunately, the building was badly damaged during the bombing of 14 May 1940. Fortunately, there is another special Dudok building to admire in Rotterdam.
In 1991, the first Dudok branch in Rotterdam opened its doors in a building also designed by Willem Marinus Dudok. The building's characteristic design led to the Grandcafe being named after the architect. Dudok Rotterdam is not only famous for its architecture, but also for its delicious apple pie according to a secret recipe. It is a true city brasserie that embraces the city's art, culture and residents. So, if you want to experience Rotterdam both architecturally and culinarily, Dudok is definitely worth a visit!