Trip Planner:   Europe  /  The Netherlands  /  South Holland Province  /  Rotterdam  /  Sightseeing  /  Witte Huis

Witte Huis, Rotterdam

(4.3/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
The Witte Huis or White House is a building and National Heritage Site in Rotterdam, Netherlands, built in 1898 in the Art Nouveau style. The building is 43m tall, with 10 floors. It was also the first hoogbouw (literally: high-rise building) in Europe. The building is listed as a Rijksmonument.ConstructionThe architect Willem Molenbroek designed the 10-storey building, at the time an unprecedented height in Europe. The site at Wijnhaven 3 is just 1 m above sea-level and skeptics claimed that the soft soil of Rotterdam would be unable to adequately support the building, so before construction could properly begin, 1000 piles were driven into the ground to support the building's weight. The building is constructed from iron and steel and concrete, and includes two thick interior walls which increase the building's strength. Unlike many other contemporary buildings of the time, wood was not a significant construction material due to the fear of fire. The building cost 127,900 Dutch guilders.It was also one of the few buildings in central Rotterdam to survive the German bombing campaigns of World War II.
Arrange to visit Witte Huis and other attractions in Rotterdam using our Rotterdam family vacation planner.
Source
map
Create a full Rotterdam itinerary

Plan your trip to Rotterdam

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Rotterdam by other users

3 days in Rotterdam BY A USER FROM GERMANY June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in United States & Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Rotterdam BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 50 days in The Netherlands & Munich BY A USER FROM THAILAND June, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in The Netherlands & Munich BY A USER FROM THAILAND June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Rotterdam BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Rotterdam & Amsterdam BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, kids, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Rotterdam BY A USER FROM FINLAND April, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Rotterdam BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Belgium, The Netherlands & Luxembourg BY A USER FROM INDIA June, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA May, kids, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Germany, Rotterdam & Amsterdam BY A USER FROM CANADA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Just beside the Old Harbour, on the southern brink of it, is located this wonderful first skyscraper in Rotterdam. At the times it was built, i.e. in 1898, it has been the tallest office building in E...  more »
  • Nice tall old buliding with a great history. Just walked past it and took some photos. Never went inside.  more »
  • The Art Nouveau building was the first skyscraper in Europe. Located in the old port, it is worth a visit even today. The restaurant on the ground floor offers among other good local beers. Weather permitting, you can sit well in the open air.
    View original