On Sunday a massive front swept through Rotterdam and instead of being sunny and warm as forecast, it was dark, gloomy and very, very wet.
Our plan had been to rent bikes and ride around some of the greenways of the city. Instead we found ourselves asking our airbnb hosts about a World War II exhibit they had mentioned, one that told the story of the destruction of Rotterdam from both the German and Dutch point of views.
It seemed appropriate that it was dark and gloomy as we entered the exhibition De Aanval (The Attack).
Through a range of multimedia screens and photos, the exhibit tells the story of the events leading up to the devastating aerial attack where the entire Rotterdam city centre was destroyed. The Germans then threatened to do the same thing to Utrecht resulting in the capitulation of the Netherlands.
The exhibit was primarily multi-media, and too dark to get any decent photos except of the former Luftwaffe plane flying low over the exhibit.
Layout of the exhibit. It is on until October 25, 2015 and costs €10. To get there we took the ‘Aqualiner’ over to the Heijplaat stop.
Because it was public transit the fare was only €2,50. More details at: Museum Rotterdam: De Aanval.