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Rotterdam
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Rotterdam featuring a city, street scenes and shopping

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

Art Hotel Rotterdam
Art Hotel Rotterdam
4 out of 5
Mijnsherenlaan 9, Rotterdam
The price is $65 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in Charlois, 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! (990 reviews)
"It was a good stay. Big rooms and nice view. No comments"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Art Hotel Rotterdam
Mainport
Mainport
5 out of 5
Leuvehaven 77, Rotterdam
The price is $126 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 18
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! (977 reviews)
"best always number one"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 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 $90 per night from Jul 22 to Jul 22
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! (975 reviews)
"Great hotel nice room"

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

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Boathotel Rotterdam Anna
Boathotel Rotterdam Anna
3 out of 5
J.B. Bakemakade 41, Rotterdam
The price is $139 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Kop van Zuid, this houseboat is within a 15-minute walk of Villa Zebra and Luxor Theater. Erasmus Bridge and SS Rotterdam are also within 2 mi (3 ...
Boathotel Rotterdam Anna
Boathotel Rotterdam Seven
Boathotel Rotterdam Seven
3 out of 5
J.B. Bakemakade 41, Rotterdam
The price is $148 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Stadsdriehoek, this houseboat is within a 15-minute walk of Markthal Rotterdam and Erasmus Bridge. Erasmus MC and Luxor Theater are also within 1 ...
Boathotel Rotterdam Seven
Boathotel Rotterdam Wilhelmina
Boathotel Rotterdam Wilhelmina
3 out of 5
Wijnhaven 61, Rotterdam
The price is $315 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Kop van Zuid, this houseboat is within a 15-minute walk of Villa Zebra and Luxor Theater. Erasmus Bridge and SS Rotterdam are also within 2 mi (3 ...
Boathotel Rotterdam Wilhelmina
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