Rotterdam

Netherlands

Photo provided by Nederlands Bureau voor Toerisme and Congressen
Photo provided by Nederlands Bureau voor Toerisme and Congressen

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.

Known for

Shopping, Skyscrapers and Museums

Top hotels in Rotterdam

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Mainport
5 out of 5
Leuvehaven 77, Rotterdam
NZ$183/night
25 Aug. - 26 Aug.
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,237 reviews)

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! (1,237 reviews)

"good hotel, had a relaxing stay, good beds etc, comfy"…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2019

Mainport
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Holiday Inn Express Rotterdam - Central Station
3 out of 5
Weena 121, Rotterdam
NZ$136/night
1 Sep. - 2 Sep.
4.2/5Excellent! (1,695 reviews)

Located in the heart of Rotterdam, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Luxor Theater and De Koopgoot. Maritime Museum and Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,695 reviews)

"Location. Friendly and helpful staff. The hotel served its purpose for as a short stay."…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug. 2019

Holiday Inn Express Rotterdam - Central Station
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Art Hotel Rotterdam
4 out of 5
Mijnsherenlaan 9, Rotterdam
NZ$91/night
25 Aug. - 26 Aug.
3.7/5Good! (793 reviews)

Situated in Rotterdam, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Zuidplein Shopping Centre and Luxor Theater. Ahoy Rotterdam and Erasmus Bridge are also within 2 mi ...

3.7/5Good! (793 reviews)

"I loved the quirkiness of the hotel and the restaurant was lovely. The room was clean and spacious. The staff were helpful and friendly."…"

Reviewed on 1 Jul. 2019

Art Hotel Rotterdam

Popular activities in Rotterdam

Erasmus Bridge
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Erasmus Bridge

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

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 incl. Madurodam Day Trip
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Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague incl. Madurodam Day Trip

NZ$155

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.

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$260

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$124

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 Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Rotterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

NZ$34

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.

Rotterdam Highlight Bike Tour
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Rotterdam Highlight Bike Tour

NZ$44

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.

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