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The port, the Erasmus Bridge, the summer carnival? No, it’s the Euromast that has been the icon of Rotterdam for more than half a century. Originally built for the 1960 Floriade flower festival, and later almost doubled in height, the Euromast has been a popular attraction for decades and is still the highest lookout tower in the Netherlands.
The name Euromast has been carefully chosen. ‘Euro’ because Rotterdam is one of the most important ports in Europe and 'mast' because this word has the same meaning in English, Dutch and various other languages. To stabilise this giant, the tower’s foundation consists of a huge block of concrete with its centre of gravity buried underground. The 100-metre-high viewing platform offers a 360-degree panorama of the Rotterdam skyline. And if that’s not high enough, take the glass elevator to the 185-metre-high top of the Space Tower.
“Standing 100 metres high, the Euromast was Rotterdam’s tallest building in 1960. Now at 185 metres, the tower still holds that record.”