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Rotterdam

Known for Shopping, Skyscrapers and Museums

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

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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.

Activities in Rotterdam

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

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

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. 

Admire one of the finest collections of artwork in Europe, which features Dutch Old Masters as well as abstract and contemporary pieces.

See the largest collection of authentic windmills in the Netherlands as you cycle or hike through this picturesque World Heritage site. 

Tickets & Tours

Take a tour that lets you marvel at the far-reaching views over Rotterdam’s busy harbor from the height of Euromast Tower. See how delicate earthenware is produced in Delft, and see the charming center of The Hague on this pleasant day trip.

Tickets & Tours

Hop off your cruise ship and onto a double-decker bus to discover all the major sights of Rotterdam, the bustling port city known as the Gateway to Europe. Take advantage of 360-degree views from the open-top deck of the bus as you sit back, relax, and you soak up the architectural landscape.

Tickets & Tours

Take a day trip from Amsterdam to the historic city of Bruges with a private guide. Your guide ensures hassle-free transportation and takes you to the quieter sights you won’t find in a guidebook. Explore Bruges with a private guide on a day trip from Amsterdam.

Tickets & Tours

Are you in town for business and also want to explore the city Or are you looking for a different morningrun than on the hotel- treadmill Maybe you prefere to run together with someone who knows the city Especially for you we have the Early Bird Business Tour! Your Rotterdam Sight running Tour- guide will pick you up from your hotel.

Tickets & Tours

Hop onto a double-decker bus to discover all the major sights of Rotterdam, the bustling port city known as the Gateway to Europe. Take advantage of 360-degree views from the open-top deck of the bus as you sit back, relax, and you soak up the architectural landscape.

Tickets & Tours

Giethoorn 'Venice of the North' Quaint local village with canals, wooden bridges, lovely gardens and thatched roofed farm houses. Your private guide/driver will pick you up from your hotel, airport or cruise ship in Amsterdam.

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