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.
Shopping, Skyscrapers and Museums
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.