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A: The construction of Rotterdam Central Station - Overview

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 30 meters away

This panorama is an aerial image, shot above the construction site of Rotterdam Central Station.The c...

The construction of Rotterdam Central Station - Overview

B: The construction of Rotterdam Central Station - Hall

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 50 meters away

This panorama is shot in the new hall of Rotterdam Central Station. The construction started in 2008 ...

The construction of Rotterdam Central Station - Hall

C: Rotterdam Central Station

by C360.NL - Henri Smeets, 80 meters away

Rotterdam Centraal (Central Station) is nearly finished after years of reconstructions that started i...

Rotterdam Central Station

D: Artproject 'Stars'

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 120 meters away

This panorama shows the anual art-event 'Stars' on the walls of the Delftse Poort in downtown Rotterd...

Artproject 'Stars'

E: On top of the Delftse Poort

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 190 meters away

This panorama shows the view from the Delftse Poort in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. For a long time th...

On top of the Delftse Poort

F: Rotterdam_03

by Viktor Zavrazhnov, 290 meters away

Rotterdam_03

G: On the rooftop of the Weenacenter

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 320 meters away

This panorama is shot on the foortop of the Weenacenter in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. With a height ...

On the rooftop of the Weenacenter

H: Schouwburgplein

by Markus Matern, 330 meters away

This central place in the heart of Rotterdam is 12.250 square meters in size and has been opened to t...

Schouwburgplein

I: The construction of Rotterdam Central Station - Provenierssingel

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 400 meters away

This panorama is shot in the new hall of Rotterdam Central Station. The construction started in 2008 ...

The construction of Rotterdam Central Station - Provenierssingel

J: Hofplein at sunset

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 510 meters away

This panorama shows Hofplein in Rotterdam during sunset. Hofplein is one of the biggest roadcrossings...

Hofplein at sunset

This panorama was taken in Rotterdam, Europe

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