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Cube Houses (Kubuswoningen)
Cube Houses (Kubuswoningen)

Cube Houses (Kubuswoningen)

Kijk-kubus Overblaak 70, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 3011 MH

The basics

Often seen during bike and walking tours, the Cube Houses can be admired easily from the outside—though by venturing inside you’ll get a sense of what it’s like to live in one. Visit the Show-Cube (Kijk-Kubus) for a look around the interior, or book a bed at the Stayokay Hostel, which occupies one of the larger cube houses.

For an in-depth look at Rotterdam’s experimental buildings, take an architecture-themed tour of the city; itineraries typically take in the Cube Houses as well as the De Rotterdam office complex, Erasmus Bridge (Erasmusbrug), and Market Hall (Markthal).

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Things to know before you go

  • Steep stairs mean these houses are not well-suited to travelers with mobility issues.
  • Avoid peeking in the windows; most of the houses are private residences.
  • The Show-Cube is small and takes about 10–20 minutes to explore.
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How to get there

The Cube Houses are situated in Rotterdam’s Old Harbor (Oude Haven) and are best reached by public transit. Ride the A, B, or C metro lines, the #21 or #24 trams, or the train to Blaak Station.

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When to get there

The Cube Houses are best appreciated in summer, when you can make the most of the nearby harbor-side restaurant and café terraces. The Show-Cube attracts more visitors in summer, and may feel a little crowded, though people tend to pass through fairly quickly.

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Rotterdam’s Standout Structures

The Cube Houses are just one of many boundary-pushing buildings throughout Rotterdam. Largley destroyed by bombing during World War II, the city has since been reborn with a host of innovative developments, including the horseshoe-shaped Market Hall, Rotterdam Central Station (Rotterdam Centraal), and De Rotterdam—architect Rem Koolhaas’ trio of glass high-rises.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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