On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September over 50 monuments open their doors during the annual Open Monumentendag. The public can choose from a packed free program of tours, lectures, and concerts. This year’s theme is: ‘Transitions – sustainable lasts the longest’
Of course, classics such as The Schielandshuis, De Hef and the Koopmanshuis on the Rechter Rottekade are open to visit. But also lesser known gems open their doors. Such as the Rotterdamsche Manège, Fenixloods II, an atomic bunker from the Cold War, and the Justus van Effen Complex. The complex in Spangen turns exactly one century old this year.
Besides the monuments that can be visited for free, there is an extensive free program where a reservation is required. You can take a guided look into the past and future of the Hofbogen and De Wasserij or discover the exciting forest park at Buitenplaats De Tempel.
In Het Industriegebouw there is a creative tour especially for children, while the adults can follow their own journey. The newly renovated Heineken Gebouw and Studio De Bakkerij will host a theatrical family tour.
The Elevatorhuis is also open to the public. It has the chance of winning the national OMD Sustainability Award. Blijdorp Zoo offers guided tours about the architect Sybold van Ravesteyn. The zoo is celebrating its 165th anniversary this year and on September 9 a special heritage edition of Rotterdam Late Night will take place in the Rivièrahal.