RotterdamNetherlands

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Visit Rotterdam

Modernist buildings, fashionable nightlife, river views and many museums and galleries make the Netherlands’ second-biggest city an exciting and lively destination.

Rotterdam developed as a prosperous shipping port in the 1800s. As it has grown, its cultural delights have expanded. Rotterdam’s architecture is some of the most modern and innovative in the Netherlands. Spend days exploring myriad art galleries and museums. Find unusual dining experiences and trendy nightlife across the city.

During World War II, the historic port was almost entirely destroyed and the city suffered massive bombing damage. Today, view the modernist reconstructions and more recent architectural additions, such as the spaceship-like Markthal and the three half-spheres of the solar-powered Floating Pavilion.

Find a collection of architecture, art galleries and museums in the Museumkwartier. Visit one of the Netherlands’ oldest museums, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, before stepping into modern and contemporary exhibitions at the Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Arts and the TENT exhibition space. Learn about city and country history in museums covering everything from the golden era of Dutch shipping to archaeology, fossils, plants and animal life.

Afterward, explore the streets of Witte de Withstraat and Nieuwe Binnenweg. Browse through stores selling CDs and vinyl albums, lingerie, books, jewelry and fashion by local designers. At night these dynamic streets have restaurants, live music venues and lively bars.

In its location on the Maas River, Rotterdam has numerous riverside walks and waterfront dining. Explore the river delta on a cruise or take the Lek River waterbus to see 18th-century windmills at nearby Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Treat yourself to panoramic city views, including the Erasmus “Swan” Bridge, from the restaurant at the top of the Euromast. If you’re brave, abseil down. Taste the diversity of the city’s culinary treats at restaurants serving North African and Middle Eastern flavors or have a beer and traditional Dutch bitterballen, battered and fried beef balls.

Rotterdam is a major cruise ship destination. With boat access to the U.K. and to Germany along the Rhine, Rotterdam is very easy to reach. Get here from Amsterdam in 1 hour by train.

Top hotels in Rotterdam

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Rotterdam
Hilton Rotterdam
5 out of 5
Weena 10, Rotterdam
NZ$164
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21

Located in Stadsdriehoek, this luxury hotel is steps away from Old Luxor Theater and Stadhuis. Lijnbaan and De Doelen are also within 5 minutes. Rotterdam Central ...

4.4/5Excellent! (955 reviews)

"Nice location Clean comfort Nice bedding Pretty room"…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019

Hilton Rotterdam
Mainport
Mainport
5 out of 5
Leuvehaven 77, Rotterdam
NZ$172
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21

Located in Stadsdriehoek, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rotterdam Walk of Fame, Maritime Museum, and Erasmus Bridge. De Koopgoot and Boijmans ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,293 reviews)

"Great staff, very helpful and friendly and hotel in great location"…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2019

Mainport
nhow Rotterdam Hotel
nhow Rotterdam Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Wilhelminakade 137, Rotterdam
NZ$152
per night
Dec 23 - Dec 24

Located in Kop van Zuid, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fenix Food Factory and Erasmus Bridge. Maritime Museum and Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (795 reviews)

"They can follow you during your holliday and they don’t need your key every second. To show you that they repared something when you are out, they leave a kind of ackey of chocolade"…"

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2019

nhow Rotterdam Hotel

Popular things to do in Rotterdam

Erasmus Bridge
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Erasmus Bridge

4.5/5(3 reviews)

This huge yet graceful bridge connects the north and south parts of Rotterdam and is one of the city’s most iconic architectural landmarks. 

Euromast
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Euromast

4/5(1 review)

The Netherland’s tallest lookout tower offers breathtaking panoramas of Rotterdam and a fine-dining restaurant with dazzling views. 

Maritime Museum
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Maritime Museum

As one of the largest and oldest port cities in Europe, it’s fitting that Rotterdam boasts one of the continent’s most impressive nautical museums. 

Top activities in Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam
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Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

NZ$152

Let us take you to South Holland where you will see Rotterdam's unique and bold architecture. You will make a visit to the famous food market and then you'll embarque on an amazing 1-hour river cruise. Continue your journey to Delft and take a guided stroll through this enchanting town.

Small group tour to UNESCO'S Kinderdijk and The Hague
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Small group tour to UNESCO'S Kinderdijk and The Hague

NZ$136

Explore UNESCO world heritage Kinderdijk and the town of The Hague, choose between; Dutch paintings from the Golden Age, Modern art by Monet and Mondrian or Holland's highlights and heritage in miniature. Meet your guide/driver at our central meeting point in Amsterdam.

Live guided tour Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague from Amsterdam
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Live guided tour Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague from Amsterdam

NZ$149

A mix of modern, historical and political Netherlands in just one day. During this full day tour you’ll discover the Netherlands outside Amsterdam! This excursion is packed with interesting things to do and fascinating sites to see.

Rotterdam Harbour Tour
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Rotterdam Harbour Tour

NZ$24

Experience one of the world's largest ports in all its glory! Admire Rotterdam's skyline from the comfort of your vessel and view the steamship “Rotterdam”. Sail through Europe's largest functioning port on board a modern vessel with this 75-minute tour.

Rotterdam Highlight Bike Tour
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Rotterdam Highlight Bike Tour

NZ$43

The most fun way to discover Rotterdam is by bike! No other way will grant you the possibility to see so much of the city in 2,5 hours! Rotterdam is bike-minded, so the bikelanes are wide and plentiful, allowing you to see the city in a relaxed and safe manner.

Rotterdam Zoo Diergaarde Blijdorp Direct Entrance Ticket
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Rotterdam Zoo Diergaarde Blijdorp Direct Entrance Ticket

NZ$41

Visit: Rotterdam Zoo, Blijdorplaan 8, 3041 JG Rotterdam The Netherlands Rotterdam Zoo is one of Europe's most beautiful zoos. You wander through different parts of the world and meet fascinating animals.

Reviews of Rotterdam

4.4

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Ellard

Aug 22, 2019

Vibrant city with good public transport options and great modern architecture

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 25, 2019

Don't try to cross the river from south to central during peak hours by car.

5/5 - Excellent

mr.fussy

May 23, 2019

Amazing city with canals and bridges everywhere.

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