Rotterdam is a city and municipality in the Netherlands. It is in the province of South Holland, at the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas channel leading into the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta at the North Sea.
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 43 m tall, with 10 floors. It was also the first hoogbouw in Europe. The building is listed as a Rijksmonument.Learn more Book this experience
Erasmusbrug is a combined cable-stayed and bascule bridge completed in 1996 crossing the Nieuwe Maas in the centre of Rotterdam, connecting the north and south parts of this city, second largest in the Netherlands.Learn more Book this experience
Step aboard for a 1-hour cruise on the Meuse River, and you'll glide comfortably past all the highlights of Rotterdam, with beautiful views of the impressive skyline and the various ports. Sail past the famous SS Rotterdam, Kop van Zuid, Hotel New York, the Witte Huis, the Willemsbrug, the Euromast and more special places while your guide tells you all about them, and the history of this fascinating city. Find a spot inside the cozy salon or settle down on the sun deck. There's also a bar on board so you can treat yourself to a drink or snack.Book this experience
Kop van Zuid is a neighborhood of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, located on the south bank of the Nieuwe Maas opposite the center of town.Learn more
Katendrecht is a former village in the Dutch province of South Holland. It is now a neighbourhood of Rotterdam, on the south bank of the Nieuwe Maas. Nowadays it is the name of the peninsula which lies between the Rijnhaven and the Maashaven. Katendrecht was a separate municipality between 1817 and 1874, when it merged with Charlois. The neighbourhood covers an area of 1,18 km² with 4,760 inhabitants.Learn more
The Willemsbrug is a bridge next to the Erasmusbrug in the centre of Rotterdam, spanning the Nieuwe Maas. It links the northern part of the city with the Noordereiland and the district of Feijenoord. The bridge was completed in 1891, designed by C.Learn more Book this experience
Zuidplein is an above-ground metro station in the south of the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands. It is part of Rotterdam Metro lines D and E.Learn more
The Wereldmuseum Rotterdam is an ethnographic museum, situated Willemskade in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The museum was founded in 1883 and shows more than 1800 ethnographic objects from various cultures in Asia, Oceania, Africa, the Americas and the Islamic heritage.Learn more Book this experience
The Markthal is a residential and office building with a market hall underneath, located in Rotterdam. The building was opened on October 1, 2014, by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.Learn more Book this experience
Erasmusbrug is a combined cable-stayed and bascule bridge, construction began in 1986 and was completed in 1996. It crosses the Nieuwe Maas in the centre of Rotterdam, connecting the north and south parts of this city, second largest in the Netherlands.Learn more Book this experience
Theatre Square is a plaza situated in the heart of the city of Rotterdam, and is flanked by the municipal theatre, concert hall, restaurants, and cafes.Learn more Book this experience
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Why travel to Rotterdam?
Rotterdam is a vibrant, multicultural city in the Netherlands known for its modern architecture, rich maritime history, and lively arts and culture scene. The city offers a unique blend of old-world charm and contemporary design, making it a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts, architecture lovers, and history buffs.
How to get there?
Rotterdam is easily accessible by air, train, bus, or car. The Rotterdam The Hague Airport is just 20 minutes away from the city center, with direct flights from several European cities. Alternatively, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is an hour away by train. Rotterdam Centraal Station connects the city to major Dutch and European cities. Flixbus and Eurolines offer bus services to Rotterdam from various European destinations. If you prefer to drive, Rotterdam is well-connected to the Dutch highway network.
What to book in advance?
To make the most of your time in Rotterdam, you may want to book tickets in advance for popular attractions such as the Euromast, Kunsthal, and the Maritime Museum. If you plan to visit several museums and attractions, consider purchasing a Rotterdam Welcome Card for discounted admission and public transportation.
What are the costs?
Rotterdam is generally more affordable than other Dutch cities like Amsterdam. Accommodation costs range from €50 for budget hotels to over €150 for luxury stays. Expect to pay around €15-30 for a meal at a mid-range restaurant. Public transportation is efficient and reasonably-priced; a one-day ticket costs €8.50. The Rotterdam Welcome Card, starting at €22, offers significant savings on transportation and attractions.
What are the best things to do?
1. Explore the iconic Cube Houses and marvel at their unique design.
2. Visit the Markthal, an impressive indoor market and architectural masterpiece.
3. Discover the city's maritime history at the Maritime Museum.
4. Admire contemporary art at the Kunsthal and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
5. Enjoy panoramic views of Rotterdam from the Euromast.
6. Stroll along the historic Delfshaven area and its picturesque canals.
Where to eat?
1. Restaurant De Jong – A modern eatery offering seasonal, locally-sourced dishes.
2. FG Food Labs – A Michelin-starred restaurant known for its innovative cuisine.
3. Warung Mini – Authentic Surinamese cuisine at affordable prices.
Where to stay?
1. CitizenM Rotterdam – A stylish, modern hotel located near the Oude Haven.
2. Room Mate Bruno – A unique, design-focused hotel in the heart of the city.
3. Hostel ROOM – A budget-friendly option with a charming atmosphere.
Off the beaten path:
For an unusual travel experience, head to the Kralingse Bos, a large city park that features a stunning lake, lush greenery, and opportunities for various outdoor activities such as sailing, hiking, or picnicking. The park is home to the unique Arboretum Trompenburg, a beautifully maintained botanical garden that showcases diverse plant species and tranquil pathways. This hidden gem is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse themselves in nature.
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Cosmopolitan, Rotterdam has many things to offer; museums, design architecture, a large port, endless canals, and an almost mystical atmosphere. So if you want to visit Europe's largest port, start by reading our short guide to Rotterdam.
Whether you prefer hotels, Airbnb or hostels, you're bound to find places to stay in Rotterdam. But perhaps the most important thing is to know which neighborhood you'll be staying in. This may depend on your tourist preferences and also on your budget.
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