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    Tourist Info Cafe at Centraal Station
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  • Main Office on Binnenwegplein
    Main Office on Binnenwegplein
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  • Local Tourist Office - Rotterdam - Interior
    Local Tourist Office - Rotterdam -...
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    Arriving at Rotterdam.

    by A2002 Written Jan 6, 2003

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    Just outside Rotterdam Central station.

    Favorite thing: This is the scene as you walk out the train station of Rotterdam Central. There are lotsa trams and buses connections from here.

    In the picture shows Terence having a kroket, which is sold everywhere as snack. This is the first taste of Kroket... yummy...

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    How to use your coins in NL - buying train tickets

    by Airpunk Written Aug 30, 2005

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    Favorite thing: That has nothing to do with your restaurant bill, but with your daily shopping, especially in supermarkets. Currently, the Netherlands are in a process of withdrawing the 1 and 2 cents coins from daily use, so everything is rounded up to the next five cents. That means that if you buy stuff for 3,47 Euro, you have to pay 3,45 Euro. But if you have 3,48 Euro your bill will be 3,50. It's a system similar to the one in Finland or to the one used in Guilder times in the Netherlands.

    Other useful hints for coins: Train tickets are cheaper when you buy them from a machine instead of a counter. Problem: Unlike Amsterdam, there is no change machine in the central train station of Rotterdam and the shops will not change your money unless you buy something. So try to gather a lot of 2€ coins - and get rid of the 5 cent coins as (unlike in Germany) no machine takes them....

    Fondest memory: The most important thing you should know when you travel within the Netherlands is how to use the "Nationale Strippenkaart". But close to that comes the use of money :)

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    "Simply the best" city guide

    by Airpunk Written Feb 10, 2007

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    Favorite thing: If you are, like me, travelling on a low budget, this tip may be useful. The use-it desk (Schaatsbaan, a few meters to the west of the central station) provides you with this free city guide. There, you will find tips around your low-cost stay in Rotterdam, information contributed by locals, a city map and more useful information. Every year, a new version of this guide is given out, so that it is always up-to-date. Belive me, one of the first things I do when arriving in the city is looking for this guide.

    For some more information from use-it, use-it following link: http://www.jip.org/usecms/index.php
    (sorry, couldn't withstand to add a bad wordplay...)

    Fondest memory: "Simply the best" is not only the name of this guide. It could be the motto for the guide - and for the city!

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    VVV - Local Tourist Office

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 9, 2009

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    Local Tourist Office - Rotterdam
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    Favorite thing: The local Tourist Office (VVV) is located at the Coolsingel 5 - 3012 AA Rotterdam.

    The office offers much free information and in the shop some nice souvenirs are on sale.

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    Kop van Zuid

    by nighthawk Written May 3, 2004

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    Kop van Zuid info

    Favorite thing: If you visit this part of Rotterdam visit the information office. You can find all sorts of information here and they also tell something about the history.
    I did not have time to visit however :-s.
    If you are curious just visit Kop van Zuid info

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    Rotterdam Welcome Card - discounts

    by ATLC Written Jun 2, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The Rotterdam Welcome Card is a voucher book with over 100 euro worth of benefits.

    Discounts:

    TOURIST INFORMATION:
    VVV Rotterdam Store 25% discount on any RTM-article
    VVV Rotterdam Info Café 50% discount on the Welcome Card

    ATTRACTIONS
    Railz Miniworld 50% discount on admission
    Spido 25% discount on harbour tour in 75 min.
    Grote- of St. Laurenskerk free ticket for climbing the tower
    Shipyard De Delft 50% discount
    Pancake Boat 25% discount on all sailings
    Euromast ? 2.50 discount (=30%)
    Kijk-Kubus (Show Cube) ? 1.00 discount(=40%)
    Rotterdam Zoo ? 1.50 discount (=9%)
    Boat excursion Kinderdijk 20% discount on boat excursion
    Plaswijckpark 25% discount on admission
    De Eendracht ? 10.00 discount on a sailing day trip

    FOOD & DRINKS
    Engels 15% discount on the check (food and/or drinks)
    Restaurant 70 25% discount on a 3 course dinner
    Hilton Rotterdam 25% discount on a High Tea
    Bar & Brasserie Water ? 2.00 discount on coffee/tea + French apple pie
    Humphrey's Rotterdam 25% discount on a 3-course set menu
    Gonzales BBQ Restaurant 25% discount on the ice-cream menu
    China Boat 10% discount on all sailings

    MUSEUMS
    Nederlands Fotomuseum 50% discount
    Maritime Museum R?dam 25% discount
    Netherlands Architecture Institute & Huis Sonneveld ? 3.00 discount

    NIGHTLIFE/ENTERTAINMENT
    Pathé de Kuip & Pathé Schouwburgplein 25% discount on a film
    Rotterdam Philharmonic 25% discount on a concert
    Thermen Holiday Schiedam 25% discount on sauna entrance
    Baja Beach Club free entrance or free cocktail

    The Rotterdam Welcome Card is available at a lot of hotels PLUS:

    VVV Rotterdam Store, Coolsingel 5 (next to the Hilton)
    VVV Rotterdam Info Café (near Central Station) Stationsplein 45
    Rotterdam Airport Information/Service desk Rotterdam, Airportplein 60
    StayOkay Rotterdam (hostel), Rochussenstraat 107-109

    Travel Between: Tue January 01, 2008 - Wed December 31, 2008
    More info, click here

    Fondest memory: The Rotterdam Welcome Card is available at a lot of hotels PLUS:

    VVV Rotterdam Store, Coolsingel 5 (next to the Hilton)
    VVV Rotterdam Info Café (near Central Station) Stationsplein 45
    Rotterdam Airport Information/Service desk Rotterdam, Airportplein 60
    StayOkay Rotterdam (hostel), Rochussenstraat 107-109

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    Discounts with the Rotterdam Welcome Card

    by Valeggua Updated Oct 31, 2007

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    Rotterdam Welcome Card

    Favorite thing: With this card you can get discount at attractions, musea, clubs, restaurants and shops in Rotterdam.

    Price:
    € 5,- including voucher, city map and 3 exclusive Rotterdam postcards

    The website :
    -where you can get the Rotterdam Welcome Card
    -Where to use the card
    -How much discount with the card

    http://www.rotterdam.info/toeristen/

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  • Help with accommodation

    by claire.c Updated Jul 15, 2003

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    Fondest memory: Use-It (www.use-it.nl) were really brilliant. They have a small building next to Central Station and provide cut-price accommodation for last minute bookings (including some 4* places at really big discounts). They are friendly and helpful, with free lockers and internet access and lots of useful advice.

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    Rotterdam links

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 9, 2009

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    Kop van Zuid
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    Favorite thing: First visit some of the Rotterdam websites like:

    Rotterdam Links
    Tourist Info

    A nice visual link is:
    Rotterdam Map

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    oh, visit everything. There's...

    by ATLC Written Aug 26, 2002

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    ERASMUS BRIDGE

    Favorite thing: oh, visit everything. There's modern architecture and old busy areas where non-European cultures are dominant. 60% of the Rotterdammers are actually not originally Dutch. There's culture and shopping, and the river Maas.

    Fondest memory: Well, one must make a choice. The Erasmus bridge brought great style to my favourite city.

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    The metropolis Rotterdam has a...

    by SANVAN Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The metropolis Rotterdam has a population of 1.2 million, comprising many different nationalities. Rotterdam is compact and varied. Everyone can live the way they want, in the city or in the green belt, in detached houses or in an apartment. And where else could you find the same variety in recreational and entertainment facilities. The city has many facilities: Rotterdam Airport; 299 educational institutes, including the Erasmus University Rotterdam; 512 sports and recreation facilities, including Blijdorp Zoological Gardens; 18 shopping malls, including the Beurstraverse and the Lijnbaan; 3 football stadiums; hotels in various categories.

    It would certainly be a pity not to visit at least one of the many attractions that Rotterdam has to offer during the European Championships 2000. And even more so in view of the fact that many are taking advantage of the occasion to organize special European Championship events. The most famous Rotterdam attractions include the Euromast, the Spido, the Tropicana swimming baths and The Laserzone.

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    admire the many new, very...

    by eden_teuling Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: admire the many new, very modern, very interesting and impressive buildings. Because of the tragic fact that in the second World War the city centre was destroyed in a bombardment there was 'room' for a brand new centre, This city is so completely different from Amsterdam and yet so typically Dutch that I think people should pay more attention to it, Rotterdam deserves that. So go and have a good look around, see the skyscrapers, climb the Euromast, have a harbourtrip through the largest harbour of the WORLD, visit the Maritime Museum or....discover the Dutch countryside by bike starting from Rotterdam. These tours are offered by 'SPINNING WHEELS' info: 06-50988357. There are 5 different tours of 35-45 km.

    Of course there is a wonderful ZOO in Rotterdam with the name BLIJDORP



    Fondest memory: my many visits to this city, which give me the opportunity to discover and to love this city, especially the architecture, because it is the City of Architecture by excellence. The archicentre offers visitors special tours and walks past examples of high-rise building by international architects as Jahn, Foster and Piano and the city also boasts modern architecture from our own Koolhaas, Quist, Klunder, Hoogstad, Bonnema, Blom en Weeber..

    These are the cubic houses of Piet Blom and the building with the yellow tubes around it is the Public Library

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    Rotterdam Souvernirs

    by Airpunk Written Jan 25, 2008
    The souvenir shop under Erasmusbridge
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    Favorite thing: Unfortuantely, I don’t really know what a nice Rotterdam souvenir would be. Surely not the “euromasturbation” button sold at the Euromast (although I was thinking about buying it for somebody as a joke…). Perhaps it would be one of the famous shirts with rolled-up sleeves (an old saying about Rotterdam says that shirts are sold here with rolled-up sleeves only, a hint to the hard-working character of Rotterdammers). But unfortunately, I didn’t find them. Indeed, it’s even hard to find a Rotterdam souvenir shop. This is not Amsterdam, where you can find them in every street of the city center. I think, that there are less than a dozen of them in the old town. I found six of them: Print & Present behind Weena Plaza, a shop in the tourist information office (VVV), one at the Euromast, one next to the Speedo ticket office next to Erasmusbrug, Tik Tak Tor at Hoogstraat and one at Wijnhaven a few meters south of the Cube houses. The last one looked a little strange with a small choice. Others with quite a small choice are those at the VVV and the Euromast. Personally, I think the best one is the one close to the Spido office. But be aware that you’ll find general Holland items and even Amsterdam stuff in all of them…

    Fondest memory: I still don't know what a typical Rotterdam souvenir is. I bught a couple of things, but with exception of a pen, nothing which can be obviously associated with Rotterdam. If a local can give me more information, I would appreaciate that.

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    Rotterdam: a perfect location

    by uss_yorktown Updated Feb 22, 2009

    Favorite thing: The city has a fine transportation system both above and under ground.
    For a small city (about 650.000 people) there is enough shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
    Every last Saturday of the year they organize the tropical carnival which attracts almost a million visitors, 2 weeks later there is a dance parade (like the one in Berlin)
    In January the International Film Festival
    Then there is the famous North Sea Jazz Festival
    Every weekend you can catch a soccermatch or any other sport
    Rotterdam is a modern city with lots of new buildings

    But the biggest advantage is the location. Within an hour travelling you can reach:
    Amsterdam, Keukenhof (flowers) ,the Hague, Delft, Utrecht or Kinderdijk (famous windmills)
    Belgium (Antwerp) or Germany
    There are trains running every day to Paris

    For more information: http://www.rotterdam.info/uk/

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    VVV Info Offices (And Website)

    by johngayton Written Nov 12, 2010
    Tourist Info Cafe at Centraal Station
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    Favorite thing: I'd never considered Rottterdam as a tourist city on my previous visits - just a place to change trains (and of course having the Centraal station surrounded by a building site didn't help). But now that I've managed an afternoon/evening wandering the city it's given me a taster of the tourist city - and a very scrumptious one too.

    As well as the various pages here on VT for an idea of what to expect from the city the VVV Tourist Info website is well worth a visit - VVVRotterdam. This is one of the most comprehensive tourist info websites I've come across and is packed with information covering every conceivable tourist query including accomodation, events listings, places to visit and see and even has an up-to-date city news section.

    As well as the website there are two VVV offices in the city centre: The Tourist Info Cafe on Stationsplein (at Centraal Station) and the main Rotterdam.Info office on Binnenwegplein (near Beurs). Both of these are open seven days a week with varying hours which you can find on their individual websites.

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