There are so many things to do and see in Rotterdam. A city where history meets contemporary, tradition meets modern Rotterdam is one of the attractive cities in the Netherlands hosting over four million visitors from all over the world each year.
On of the tallest structures in the Netherlands, Euromast is a “must” see structure in Rotterdam. Go and have a good breakfast, lunch or a refreshing afternoon tea at the restaurant, or just take the elevator to the top and enjoy a breathtaking view over Rotterdam. Euromast has many things to offer to everyone and it definitely is a place to add to your to do & see list while in Rotterdam. (Entrance fee: € 8.30).
Erasmusburg (Erasmus Bridge) with its 139 meters tall pylon is the tallest bridge in the Netherlands. The bridge, which connects the southern and the northern parts of the city, is one of the major attractions in Rotterdam with its unique structure and it is well worth a visit.
Visited by over 1.5 million people each year, Diergaarde Blijdorp (Rotterdam Zoo) is one of the major sites to be visited while in Rotterdam. “Oceanium”, a huge aquarium located at the zoo, guarantees an amazing experience into the enchanting sea world. Diergaarde Blijdorp invites the visitors to an unforgettable experience to the grown-up as well as the children. (Entrance fee: € 17.50)
Designed by Dutch architect Piet Blom, Kubuswoningen (Cube Houses) are among the most interesting sites in Rotterdam. These houses are designed to have a public area with children’s playground, small shops and a school etc. on the ground floor and a private living area on up-stairs. There is a fully furnished museum house within the complex (number 70) where the visitors get the chance to have a “cubic” experience. (Entrance fee: € 2.50)
Arboretum Trompenburg is the ideal place to spend time with the whole family. With its rich botanic garden and well organized walking paths this place will take you on a tour into the heart of nature. (Entrance fee: € 3.50)
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
The main art museum in Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, has an impressive arts collection ranging from medieval European art to modern art offering a great experience to the lovers of art and history. (Entrance fee: € 9)
Kunsthal Rotterdam is an exhibition center which houses exhibitions in various subjects such as traditional art, new art, design, photography. (Entrance fee: € 8.50)
Maritime Museum Rotterdam
Maritime Museum Rotterdam has a rich collection dating back to 1852 and is the ideal base to visit for those who are interested in sailing and history of sailing. (Entrance fee: € 5.00)
Dining and where to eat
Dutch, French, Chinese, Moroccan, Turkish…. Rotterdam has a wide selection of local and international flavors which would appeal every taste, every budget and is inviting its visitors to a memorable culinary experience… Bon a petit!
In den Rustwat
Converted from a 16th century tavern, In den Rustwat is the ideal place for those who want to enjoy their meal in an elegant atmosphere. In summer time, when the sun is shining the terrace offers a gorgeous atmospehre to enjoy your apperative. Minimum three course menu price ranges between € 30.00 – € 40.00.
This stylish restaurant offers tantalizing examples from Italian cuisine in a lovely atmosphere. With its wide selection of food, a three course meal at La Stanza costs a minimum of € 32.00.
Brasserie de Schone Lei
Located in the northern side of the Kralingse Plas, Brasserie de Schone Lei is a brilliant place for a nice culinary experience. Price for a 3 course a la carte menu is € 25.00.
With its wooden decoration and cosy atmosphere, Eendracht invites you to spent a memorable time accompanied by its special selections from international cuisine.
Pannenkoekenboot (Pancake boat) offers an alternative dining experience for those who would like to taste delicious pancakes while sailing along the beautiful Rotterdam skyline. As the Dutch say: Eet smakelijk! (Enjoy your meal). (1 hour cruise: € 14.50)
Bars and Nightlife
Baja Beach Club
Located on Karel Doormanstraat, Baja Beach Club is a trendy place among local people as well as tourists.
Barcode, with its laidback atmosphere and stylish decoration is a tourist-ridden club in Rotterdam.
Waterfront is one of the most popular night clubs in Rotterdam. The music played at this place ranges from ska, rock-steady and fifties rock and roll to drum and bass and hardcore techno.
Located on Prins Alexanderlaan, Outland is famous for the dance-nights it houses. The place is the ideal meeting place for the lovers of house, techno, urban, pop, electro, Latin music.
Dizzy is an ideal place to relax and unwind listening to the soothing tunes of Jazz music while sipping your drink in a cosy atmosphere.
From the airport and around the city
Rotterdam is easy to access by the means of air transportation as it has two major airports located within short distance to the city center, namely Rotterdam Airport and Schiphol Airport Amsterdam.
Rotterdam Airport, offering the fastest and the most convenient way to get to Rotterdam, can easily be reached by car through A13 motorway. City center is also within easy reach by public transportation. There is a scheduled airport shuttle (RET Airport Shuttle number 33) which departs in about every 10 minutes from Rotterdam Central Station (Rotterdam Centraal). A-one-way ride from the station to the airport costs € 2.70. You can make the payment using “strippenkaart” which can be obtained from bookstores such as AKO or from major supermarkets such as Albert Heijn.
Hiring a taxi from the airport, of course, is another alternative way of transportation. A single ride from Rotterdam Airport to Rotterdam Centrum costs about € 23.00.
Being one of the most frequently used airport by the travelers to Rotterdam, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport also offers quick access to the city. A train you will take from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport will take you directly to Rotterdam Centraal in around 1 hour, costing € 13.20.
Traveling within Rotterdam is fast and easy thanks to effective transportation network. The city has two main metro lines (Erasmus Line and Caland Line) and a well working tram system with 10 tramlines serving to the many of the major sites in the city. Rotterdam also has a wide bus network with 38 bus lines. For further information about the routes and the schedule you can check the website: www.ret.nl
Typical of the Netherlands, cycling is a popular way of transportation in Rotterdam. Cheap and fast, bicycle transportation is most probably the best way to explore Rotterdam. You can hire a bike for € 6.00 (for 24 hours). In the city you can sign-up of the guided cycling tours organized by Rotterdam ByCycle. If interested in taking one of these guided city tours, please check the organization’s website: www.rotterdambycycle.nl
If you enjoy walking, then for you walking through the city is the ideal way to get familiar with the city. You can join one of the city walk tours organized by Gilde Rotterdam. Guided by residents of Rotterdam, these tours offer a great opportunity get to know the historical and contemporary beauties of Rotterdam. (Participation fee: € 3.50)
Festivals and events
Rotterdam International Film Festival (Every year, end of January)
Rotterdam International Film Festival is an annual film festival takes place in various cinemas in Rotterdam. During the festival the local people as well as visitors get the change to see a great number of international films.
North Sea Jazz Festival (Every year, second weekend of July)
North Sea Jazz Festival is annually held each second weekend of July in Ahoy, Rotterdam. Being the biggest Jazz event in the world, the festival hosts a great number of performers from all over the world. The festival is visited each year by thousands of people who enjoy Jazz and Jazz-related music like blues, funk, soul, Hip Hop, Latin, R&B.
Celebrated annually, Zommercarnaval (Summer Carnival) is a multi-day event that mimics the carnivals of the Caribbean Islands. A huge street parade makes the core of the festival. During and after the parade live on stage concerts at the Coolsingel and the Churchillplein are performed by local and international bands.