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8 Feet of kindness; Rigardus Rijnhout (1922-1959)

 

8 Feet of kindness; Rigardus Rijnhout (1922-1959)

 

The only giant to ever come from the Netherlands was from Rotterdam. Born in 1922, even as a young boy he was much taller than his friends. His name: Rigardus Rijnhout , or in short ‘Rijn’. Rijn grew to be 2 metres and 37 centimetres and needed size 62 for his shoes.  A  striking figure  to walk the streets in  Rotterdam, he was an easy target for the bullies in his hometown. But Rijn kept his composure and remained a kind giant at all times.


A symbol for tolerance


Rijn did not have an easy life as his extraordinary size made him a city attraction. Companies hired Rijn as a moving billboard or as a model in commercials. He often travelled the city on his custom designed bike.  And one day, while riding his bike, Rijn fell and the injuries from that incident made him end up in a wheelchair. As the incident also ended his career as a walking billboard and model, Rijn started selling pictures of himself from his wheelchair. But his health deteriorated, he fell ill and was submitted to the Academic hospital in Leiden, where he died in 1959 at the early age of 36.

When I looked into the history of this remarkable Rotterdam giant I felt compassion but it also left me with some nagging questions: How had this kind and gentle big man experienced his life? Had he known happy moments, had he ever known love and how did he spend the last years of his life when, his body broken, he lived with his parents?


 

Object of ridicule and scorn


 

Posthumously, Rijn’s importance was recognised and he was presented the honour he deserved. And you will now find a bronze statue of Rijn in the park at the West Kruiskade, close to where his parents lived in the Gouvernestraat. Perhaps more important, Rijn is also regarded as a Rotterdam symbol for tolerance and for growth.

Throughout his life, Rijn  remained an amiable man, and that is how the people of Rotterdam remember him to this day: A Gentle Giant. Rigardus Rijnhout (1922-1959)

 

8 Feet of kindness; Rigardus Rijnhout (1922-1959)

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New York Basement, Bar – Restaurant. Enjoy exciting cocktails and culinary creations

Enjoy exciting cocktails and culinary creations in the atmosphere of pre-war Manhattan.

With its stylish ornamentation and colourful patterns, and an interior design that is both hip and historical, NY Basement is a trendy restaurant and cocktail bar in the basement of our nostalgic and distinctive building at the end of Wilhelmina pier.

The contrast between grandeur and basic has an exciting effect. Smaller, more intimate and more exclusive than the well known restaurant on the ground floor of Hotel New York, NY Basement has its own vibe and character, plus all of the hospitality that Hotel New York is famous for. Enjoy classic and exotic cocktails at the bar.

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Parqiet. A nice hotspot for a sunday morning walk

Unfortunately, there are not so many stylish beautiful old buildings left in Rotterdam, an exception to this is the beautiful location of Parqiet in the Park at the Euromast. A former coaching inn dating back to 1870 has been converted into a cafe. With stunning views into the park. Time has stood still here. A nice goal for a sunday morning walk, with or without dog. The friendly staff serves delicious coffee, and cake, a beer or a glass of wine. Complete with a sunny terrace and a vintage caravan als bar outlet

Parqiet. A nice hotspot for a sunday morning walk. Open for breakfast and lunch and delicious dishes on the menu: croissants, sandwiches, juices and coffee, beer, and wine.

Parqiet. Baden Powelllaan 20. 3016 GJ Rotterdam

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Suitehotel Pincoffs, hotel aan de Maas

Suitehotel Pincoffs, hotel aan de Maas

Suite hotel Pincoffs is a small luxury boutique hotel . It’s a nice place full of atmosphere and authentic details. It resides in a national monument built in 1879. The Pincoffs Hotel is ‘the place to be for visitors wanting to explore the city and indulge in a little pampering’ (Michelin Guide 2014). It is located at the trendy Rotterdam left bank near the City Center, Ahoy, Erasmus Bridge, Luxor Theater, National Photo Museum, De Rotterdam of architect Rem Koolhaas, LP II, Cruise Terminal, LantarenVenster, Las Palmas, the Entrepot Harbour and diverse restaurants. Room price form EUR 159 (including breakfast)

Suite hotel Pincoffs is ‘the place to be for visitors wanting to explore the city and indulge in a little pampering’ (Michelin Guide 2014).

 

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Suitehotel Pincoffs Rotterdam: Stieltjesstraat 34, 3071 JX Rotterdam. Kop van Zuid – Entrepothaven

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Rotterdam Marriott Hotel offers elegant rooms with modern facilities in the Millennium Tower

Rotterdam Marriott Hotel 

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Rotterdam Marriott Hotel offers elegant rooms with modern facilities in the Millennium Tower, directly opposite from Rotterdam Central Station where a number of trams and metros also depart. Rotterdam’s main shopping area is less than a 5-minute walk away.

The 230 spacious hotel rooms feature views over the city’s skyline. A 24/7 hour gym is available for guests, as well as valet parking. The hotel’s new bar and restaurant Pillars has recently been opened in the lobby on the ground floor.

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Weena 686, 3012 CN Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Citizen M Hotel, “Wow. FAB and Funky”

CitizenM Rotterdam offers the international traveler affordable luxury in the shape of 151 affordably luxurious hotel rooms. One of the trendiest hotels in Rotterdam city center. New generation of affordable luxury hotels with beautiful design and high tech equipment. Location is perfect, right on the Old Port, Cubic Houses,  Blaak station and Markthal in the city center. A view minutes walk to all the Restaurants, Lounge bars, and fashion stores.

Every citizenM room has a wall-to-wall window, LCD television and an XL king sized bed. There’s more: power rain shower, luxury bed and bath linen, a full length mirror with theatre lighting, and a hairdryer in each room. And don’t forget the designed Moodpad. It allows you to control everything in your room – television, window blinds, temperature, colored lighting, and wake up alarm themes. The rooms are soundproof. Staff is very nice and breakfast is delicious. Impossible not to feel good there and beds are extremely comfortable.

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New generation of affordable luxury hotels with beautiful design and high tech equipment.


“Wow. FAB and Funky”. Citizen M Hotel.

CitizenM Rotterdam. Gelderse Plein 50. 3011WZ Rotterdam

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SS Rotterdam.The Lido Terrace, experience the cruising sensation

SS Rotterdam. The Lido Terrace, experience the cruising sensation

ss Rotterdam, a former cruise ship, has the finest terrace in all of Rotterdam. You are more than welcome to joins us onboard for delicious cocktails or to submerge your feet in the ‘swimming pool ( 40 cm). Cocktails are served from the teak Cocktail Bar on the Lido Terrace. Unwind in a deckchair and marvel at the magnificent view of the Nieuwe Maas and the skyline of the city of Rotterdam.

In good weather the Lido Terrace is open all day long for whoever fancies a bite to eat, a cocktail or just a cup of coffee and some pie.

As the former flagship of the Holland America Line, ss Rotterdam has sailed the seven seas. Discover La Grande Dame’s many stories and visit its authentic areas. Today ss Rotterdam is permanently moored in Rotterdam. It is easy to reach. Free admission.

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Parkhotel & Restaurant The Park

The Park hotel in Rotterdam is the perfect mix of a metropolitan trendy hotel in the heart of a bustling port city. With the tranquility and personal service that fit to a luxury hotel. On a short distance walk you will find the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Witte de Withstraat and the Museum park. Beautiful spacious and attractively furnished luxury hotel rooms.

Guests can enjoy culinary in our award-winning restaurant The Park-Inspired by top chef Erik van Loo, the hotspot for both locals as our guests. The decor is warm, cosy and contemporary. The Park offers an excellent quality at a reasonable price.

 

 

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