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RotterdamNetherlands

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.

Where to stay in Rotterdam

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Ijsselmonde

3/5(10 area reviews)

Ijsselmonde is noteworthy for its seaside views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Ahoy Rotterdam and SS Rotterdam.

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Kop van Zuid

4.5/5Wonderful!(32 area reviews)

Unique features of Kop van Zuid include the bars and river views. Make a stop by Luxor Theater or De Hef while you're exploring the area.

Kop van Zuid
Rumor has it, it takes a full day trip on a boat, to only partly discover all there is to experience in the port of Rotterdam.

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Charlois

Discover Charlois, memorable for its restaurants. Popular attractions in Charlois include Ahoy Rotterdam and Zuidplein Shopping Centre, and you can see more of the area by hopping on the metro at Rotterdam, Maashaven.

Charlois
Maritime Museum showing outdoor art and a square or plaza

Stadsdriehoek

4.5/5Wonderful!(50 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Stadsdriehoek, Erasmus Bridge and Markthal Rotterdam are top sights worth seeing.

Stadsdriehoek
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Scheepvaartkwartier

You'll enjoy the bars and parks in Scheepvaartkwartier. You might want to make time for a stop at Het Park or Historic Garden Schoonoord.

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Oude Westen

5/5Exceptional!(17 area reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Oude Westen, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Erasmus Bridge and Euromast.

Oude Westen

Top Hotels in Rotterdam

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mainport
Mainport
5 out of 5
Leuvehaven 77, Rotterdam
The price is $119 per night

Located in Stadsdriehoek, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rotterdam Walk of Fame and Erasmus Bridge. Luxor Theater and Erasmus MC are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (990 reviews)
bad refund

"all good. but i have not received my security deposit back"…"

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2020

Mainport
nhow Rotterdam Hotel
nhow Rotterdam Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Wilhelminakade 137, Rotterdam
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $102 per night

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! (894 reviews)
Great stay!

"Excellent stay, fast check in and check out."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

nhow Rotterdam Hotel
Novotel Rotterdam Schiedam
Novotel Rotterdam Schiedam
4 out of 5
Hargalaan 2, Schiedam
The price is $91 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and within 6 mi (10 km) of Erasmus MC and Erasmus Bridge. Luxor Theater ...

4.2/5Excellent! (816 reviews)

"The staff was really friendly and the hotel is good."…"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

Novotel Rotterdam Schiedam

Popular places to visit in Rotterdam

Erasmus Bridge
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Erasmus Bridge

4.5/5(114 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. 

Biesbosch National Park
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Biesbosch National Park

4/5(10 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Biesbosch National Park, a popular green space in Rotterdam. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

SS Rotterdam
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SS Rotterdam

4.5/5(8 reviews)

SS Rotterdam is a top museum in Feijenoord with a story of its own. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Euromast
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Euromast

4/5(35 reviews)

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

De Kuip Stadium
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De Kuip Stadium

4/5(2 reviews)

Catch an event at De Kuip Stadium during your trip to Rotterdam. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Markthal Rotterdam
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Markthal Rotterdam

4.5/5(22 reviews)

During your visit to Centrum, you can do some window-shopping at Markthal Rotterdam. While in this family-friendly area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Rotterdam

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

$98
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Private Tour: Cheese, Clogs & Windmills, full day
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Private Tour: Cheese, Clogs & Windmills, full day

$817
Per adult
Private Rotterdam Walking Tour to Centraal Station & Kubuswoningen
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Private Rotterdam Walking Tour to Centraal Station & Kubuswoningen

$56
Per adult
Private Full-Day Customizable Tour of Holland
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Private Full-Day Customizable Tour of Holland

$794
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Small group tour to UNESCO'S Kinderdijk and The Hague
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Small group tour to UNESCO'S Kinderdijk and The Hague

$180
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Discover 3 culinary restaurants in Rotterdam - SELF GUIDED FOOD & WINE TOUR
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Discover 3 culinary restaurants in Rotterdam - SELF GUIDED FOOD & WINE TOUR

$118
Per adult

Reviews of Rotterdam

4.5

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

Rotterdam is an architectural trip! Very neat city with a great yearly tennis tournament. Alle ballen verzamalen!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 16, 2020

Amazing city. Nice people lots of foot traffic

4/5 - Good

LlewC

Dec 19, 2019

I was expecting a really featureless, grey city, but I think it actually has charm.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 29, 2019

i would describe Rotterdam as the Manhattan of the Netherlands the only problem was there is so much construction and road closures you could not drive easily yo hotel you had to go around barriers and against traffic to get there im sure when

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 8, 2019

Very beautiful place

5/5 - Excellent

Imagefirm

Nov 5, 2019

Cool city.

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