Rotterdam is well the second largest metropolis within the Netherlands and an ideal place to go to should you’re on a visit across the nation. That being mentioned, it’s the right type of place for an extended weekend break, too. As with most new cities you go to, it may be difficult to nail down among the greatest issues to do in Rotterdam… particularly should you’re as indecisive as me! 😉
Because of this I needed to share a few of my very favorite and greatest issues to do in Rotterdam in your subsequent journey. It’s a type of shocking cities that always will get neglected for its larger sister, Amsterdam however actually is a vibrant metropolis to go to in its personal proper.
That’s the factor about Rotterdam, it has such a mixture of beautiful museums, historic cobbled streets and a few slick new areas which can be fairly cool. Plus, it has oodles of that Dutch allure and friendliness (which I all the time love concerning the Netherlands).
Anyway, I’m rambling away!
Have a look under at among the easiest locations in Rotterdam to go to in your subsequent journey. Have an incredible time within the metropolis. 🇳🇱
1.) Go up the Euromast Tower
For some gorgeous views over Rotterdam (and past), head to the very high of the Euromast Tower. It actually is likely one of the greatest issues to do in Rotterdam should you’re in search of views throughout town.
Standing about 185 metres (give or take just a few centimetres), that is the tallest constructing in Rotterdam and simply recognisable. When you get to the highest, you’ll have the ability to scan the horizon while studying somewhat extra concerning the metropolis and its historical past. Simply be sure that to wrap up heat, it will probably get actually chilly on the high.
In case your feeling peckish, head to the restaurant up there and even keep in one of many Euromast Tower’s fancy fits (they’ve round 2).
When you’re feeling actually courageous, you’ll be able to even abseil or zip line from the tower itself. Although, it is likely to be greatest to skip lunch should you plan to do this! 😉
2.) Gorge at Markthal Rotterdam
Though a reasonably new addition to Rotterdam, the Markthal is (for my part) top-of-the-line issues to do in Rotterdam should you love iconic buildings and many meals.
When you step inside, you’ll discover effectively over a 100 stalls, cool bars and many foodie joints the place you’ll be able to refill. It’s top-of-the-line locations within the metropolis for lunch!
Now, clearly being in such an iconic constructing, the Markthal isn’t simply concerning the meals, be sure that to go searching the entire construction, too.
It truly is spectacular. The ceiling, as an example, has the most important art work within the Netherlands known as the “Horn of A lot”, which you’ll’t miss. It’s a five-layered art work that may actually mesmerise you.
3.) Discover Museumpark
Each European metropolis has its share of fascinating museums however the ones in Rotterdam are completely superb.
Pop over to the Museumpark the place you’ll be able to select between or go to all six of the museums which embody Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumwoning Sonneveld, Chabot museum, Natuurhistorisch Museum, Museum Bojimans van Beuningen, and Kunsthal. Get the Museumpark ticket for round €30 which can permit you to go to 5 museums within the park (excluding Het Nieuwe Instituut).
It’s top-of-the-line issues to do in Rotterdam should you love museums and is an ideal place to spend a morning if the climate takes a flip for the worst.
4.) Discover the Dice Homes (Kijk-Kubus)
Okay, so the Dice Homes (Kijk-Kubus) of Rotterdam are in all probability among the most well-known in all town. Envisioned and conceptualized by Piet Blom, they’re completely distinctive and in contrast to nothing else within the nation.
Tilted at a 45-degree angle, the cubes are completely summary and actually cool areas that it’s important to see. To see what it seems like on the within, you’ll be able to go to the “Kijk-Kubus” or the Present Dice which is a furnished home that’s open to guests. It’s only some Euro.
Alternatively, you can simply keep in a dice home by way of Airbnb. What a spot to name house!
5.) Wander the Outdated Harbour and Marine Museums
For somewhat maritime journey, head over to the Outdated Harbor (Oude Haven).
Full of restored historic boats, beautiful walkways and a heap of eating places, it’s one of the best place to go to for somewhat rest and somewhat tipple. Pop into Apartt which have the meanest stone-cooked steaks, ever! They’re scrumptious. Don’t fret, although, should you’re a veggie they’ve bought a gorge-worthy fondue that may induce cheese hallucinations! 😉
In spite of everything that gorging, head over to the Maritime Museum Rotterdam, too. It’s the right place to higher perceive the historical past of this space, town’s waterways and its connection to the ocean. Additionally try the Harbor Museum, which is an open-air house to the 19th-century Buffel ship. It’s top-of-the-line issues to do in Rotterdam should you love testing the historical past of a spot. That being mentioned, you could wanna give it a miss should you’re not into an enormous ole historical past lesson.
Plus, no maritime journey in Rotterdam is full with out visiting the SS Rotterdam, too!
6.) See the Kinderdijk’s Windmills
I imply, windmills are synonymous with something Dutch, let’s be completely trustworthy! Fortunately, round 20 km east of Rotterdam is the tiny (and completely charming) village of Kinderdjik.
With some beautiful canals, lined by 19 spectacular windmills (which can be UNESCO World Heritage Websites), it is a sight you’ll actually wanna see. It’s an incredible journey to do if you wish to take a break from metropolis life and actually sit back within the Dutch countryside.
7.) Expertise the Fenix Meals Manufacturing facility
Look, there’s no hiding that any vacation to Rotterdam ought to embody just a few indulgent spots to eat and drink. For me, Fenix Meals Manufacturing facility is that place.
Full of stalls serving all the pieces from native cheese boards, BBQ and truffles, it’s top-of-the-line issues to do in Rotterdam should you’re feeling peckish.
When you’re right here, try the Kaapse Brouwers micro-brewery, cheese from Booij Kaasmakers, meat from the Firma Bijten, and one of the best truffles from Jordy’s Bakery. Sure, you may be stuffed nevertheless it’s completely price it.
8.) Discover Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk
The Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk is taken into account to be one of many solely standing medieval constructing in all of Rotterdam and a spot to not miss.
Constructed between 1149 and 1525, the church is unbelievable to wander round. With its bronze doorways, lovely interiors and stained glass, it’s top-of-the-line issues to do in Rotterdam should you love historical past.
Don’t neglect to identify a few of it’s most well-known residents too… the three large organs!
9.) Spot Erasmus Bridge
Spanning the Nieuwe Maas of the Rhine, that is the second largest bridge within the Netherlands and a spot to see should you’re actually into structure.
I used to be instructed that most individuals name it ‘the swan’ due to its large upright mast (just like the neck of a swan) however I’m nonetheless undecided if that’s true.
10.) Stroll by way of Delfshaven
Not like a lot of Rotterdam, the district of Delfshaven really survived the destruction by World Conflict II. This all signifies that it virtually feels such as you’ve stepped again in time to an older model of Rotterdam that’s so completely different from the shiny new areas. It’s a reasonably simple tram journey to go to Delfshaven (from any a part of town) and town feels very easy to navigate so that you’ll simply discover it.
After strolling the neighbourhood, be sure that to go to the Outdated Church in Delfshaven. This was the purpose the place pilgrims held the final service earlier than crusing for the New World throughout the Atlantic.
The entire space appears like a mini-Amsterdam, and for me, is well top-of-the-line issues to do in Rotterdam. Simply be sure that to take some cozy footwear, you’ll be strolling loads.
11.) Chill out in Arboretum Trompenburg
This lovely botanical backyard is a inexperienced oasis amidst town of Rotterdam.
It’s an incredible place for a lazy stroll, a yummy picnic, or simply to get away from the hustle and bustle (which I like to do). You may be part of one of many guided strolling excursions to study extra concerning the backyard if you would like, however I completely suppose it is best to simply wander at your individual tempo.
12.) Wander by way of Witte de Withstraat
Individuals appear to both love or hate Witte de Withstraat (a avenue within the centre of Rotterdam). In a number of methods, Witte de Withstraat is somewhat like a mini-Shoreditch (in London) or Williamsburg (in NYC), if that is smart? It kinda has a hipster vibe and completely cool little cafes, bars and some evening spots too.
That being mentioned, I’ve heard folks describe it as a bit ‘strive too exhausting’ now and now not has the identical vibe it as soon as had. Regardless of the case, it’s worthwhile you making up your individual thoughts and seeing it for your self.
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