Rotterdam Travel Guide

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Rotterdam Highlights

  • Pro
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     Vibrant, hardworking, down-to-earth, spectacular 

  • Con
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     not as quaint as Amsterdam (this is not a con at all!) 

  • In a nutshell
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     Cosmopolitan and vibrant city 

Rotterdam Things to Do

  • Euromast

    One of Rotterdams most famous attractions is the Euromast, also known as Space Tower in English. This is an observation tower of 185 meters and it offers an exeptional view of Rotterdam and its surroundings. There are possibilties to actually descend from the Euromast attached to firm ropes and in some type of armor. We use the word abseilen, but...

  • Cubic Houses (Kubus woningen)

    Surprisingly these are inhabitable, a hostal here too, inside I guess all is pretty normal - very unusual from the outside though and worh a short trip to see them plus, there are some decent bars nearby!

  • Street Scenes, Sights, and Art

    City market | Coffee & tea, Shopping, Snacks | Free Hoogstraat Tue & Sat 08:00 – 17:00, Sun (Apr – Sep) 12:00 – 17:00 More than 400 stalls are set up every Tuesday and Saturday (and on Sundays in the summer), offering anything from antiques to cheese or exotic fruit. It’s the place to be for a good snack whether it’s a Dutch herring, a Vietnamese...


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Rotterdam Restaurants

  • Central Station area

    The dim sum are in big portions. Food wise, not too bad. Yet to try out other dishes, as 6 types of dim sum for two already made us so full in the afternoon. You have to ask the waiter for attention, as they are always busy with their own tasks, and do go earlier, or else rather busy in the afternoon. The lift from the entrance is rather shabby....

  • City center

    J.J. Bootsma Volendammer Vishandel is a booth shop at the Coolsingel street. Raw herring is a Dutch treat you should try once in your life. But if you do not fancy this Dutch Sushi, try some of the other seafood that is sold over the counter. Raw herring.

  • Witte de Withstraat, city center

    Koosie is a small bar/restaurant with a small terrace on the public walkway The place has an open atmosphere and the everyday street activities add its own character. The kitchen is small, so the menu selection is limited, but from an unique style and quality.


Rotterdam Nightlife

  • Useful Until The Station Gets Its Own...

    Between trains on a freezing March evening I didn't fancy wandering too far from the station in search of a beer. I remembered from mhy previous visit that there were a bunch of terraced bars here on the Stadhuisplein, a couple of minutes walk from the station and so this is where I headed.The bars are pretty much of a one-ness, competing for the...

  • Ahoy Rotterdam

    Here you can see famous in world music groups and singers.Ahoy Rotterdam, in its current form, was built in 1970. The complex’s striking design won various national and international awards for its special steel structures. The first event to be held there was the Femina family exhibition. Since then, Ahoy has been expanded on a number of...

  • International Jazz July 2011

    The North Sea Jazz Festival is the world's largest indoor jazz festival. All great world artists perform here. You need tickets, so go to the website, including programme, etc.More info about the location at www.ahoy.nlDates and programme to be confirmed in May 2011. Informal


Rotterdam Transportation

  • Rotterdam Centraal October 2013

    It's almost there. They reckon they'll have the underground cycle parking finished in November and the big screens in the main hall are pretty impressive.

  • Central Station

    The Rotterdam Centraal Station dates from 1957 when the building designed by architect Van Ravesteyn opened.In 2007 a major reconstruction and extension started, to accommodate the building for the new High Speed train to France and the increasing requirements for the local transport. There will be 3 metro lines platforms at the new station and a...

  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...


Rotterdam Shopping

  • Beurs Traverse (aka Koopgoot)

    De Beurstraverse a.k.a. "De Koopgoot" is Rotterdam best known new shpping street. It is constructed one floor down of the Coolsingel street, which is underpassed. The construction was part of the development of the Beursplein and the Beurs World Trade Center Rotterdam. The ever increasing number of pedestrians forced the City Counsil to...

  • Speciality food shops

    It's not a shop but a stand, only on Saturdays on the West-Kruiskade. The stand sells fresh Surinamese black pudding, hot sausage, and tripes (gut). All hot and sold as a snack with 'sambal', a very VERY spicy chili paste. This stand seems very popular but they are only on the street on Saturday. The sign stated black pudding and meat sausage (in...

  • Books

    The Slegte is the biggest chain of second hand book stores in the Netherlands and Belgium. It pays a visit to even find a cheap map or a study book you were looking for. In June 2013 the name of the stores was changed into POLARE. 2014 update: Well the POLARE giant had a short life. It looks like most shops will return in some local form with a...


Rotterdam Local Customs

  • Grolsch -> Just like home sweet home!...

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being at our travel pace is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. At Alkmaar (and this probably counts for our entire home country) it was rather difficult. We found out that there are a few local beers, only known in the particular...

  • Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in the Netherlands is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to the Netherlands with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There...

  • Beer-on-wheels

    An interesting sight we saw as we were walking around the city was the beer-on-wheels, a contraption which looked like a bar moving along the street powered by 8 pairs of legs. In front was a huge beer barrel, and 2 guys in the middle seemed to be ones serving out the beer. All in all, there were 12 guys in it, and were they having a lot of fun as...


Rotterdam Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough.

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

  • Reading a map.

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

  • The local birds

    Rotterdam is home to some aging seagulls, which are really trained in getting their part of your French Fries or other lunch snack.


Rotterdam Tourist Traps

  • Rotterdam - Not save to tourist

    I was mugged at Blaak market. I arrived on monday and had a tour in Amsterdam. I was on a business trip and took the opportunity to sightseeing. In the afternoon I took a train to Rotterdam. Everthing was so wonderful. People of Rotterdam was friendly and I didn't have trouble to get to my destination. Even the bus driver was good. The next morning...

  • Parking in Rotterdam- not easy and...

    When you decide to come to Rotterdam by car, or rent a car, you have to be aware that you have to pay for parking in entire citycentre. You can only do this by Chipknip (only the locals with a dutch bank account) or by creditcard. Alternative is to find a parking garage, but you'll pay 2 Euro per hour. A better alternative is to find P+R places...

  • What art ?

    It was called a work of art and after very long brainstorming I found out that this piece of so called art is a seated woman. You could see that if you take left from Central Station. Why did not they make a simple statue of woman sitting?????????


Rotterdam What to Pack

  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of SD cards!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

  • No matter what time of the year..

    Holland.. very surprising.. very unpredictable..Wether is changing, if you're lucky you have sun during winter (sunglasses needed, because sun is standing low)or a little less luck if you arrive during a very rainy summer.. (jackets, because Holland can have very cold raindrops... brrr) Bringing an umbrella to Rotterdam.. hmmm.. I'd rather bring...

  • Umbrellaaaaas!!!

    When it REALLY starts to rain and the wind is strong, nothing will help you. Town cleaners have a hard work after weather like this, to pick all the broken umbrellas from the streets. Anyway, it is usefull to have two of them with you otherwise you may spend your time with shopping new ones like I did. Bike. Everybody is going on bike anywhere....


Rotterdam Off The Beaten Path

  • Sonneveld house

    Note the lights in the ceiling. The original Gispen furniture. The central heating which has not changed shape till the present day. The only difference now would be that the curtains would be to the floor.

  • Kinderdijk (around Rotterdam)

    Whenever you will get the chance, you could pay a visit to Kinderdijk/Childsdike. Here you may watch the best of many windmills together in Holland. The same windwills Neil Diamond sang about ... The about 19 windmills are all over in a beautiful landscape and I love the legends behind these windmills. The first windmill has been built around 1738...

  • Delfshaven -

    In the 3rd floor you can see the houses and shops of workers and simple self-employed persons. All you see are replicas in every detail. On the attic you enter the....of the shadowy figures and ghosts and shadows... There is an exhibition of shadow-showing and working with light and shadows...You may join and play..... Off December 2003 they will...


Rotterdam Sports & Outdoors

  • Football (Feyenoord)

    Feyenoord Rotterdam is one of the major teams of the Netherlands. They have won the Europe cup 1, two times the UEFA cup and have won the Dutch championship many times. They play their home games at the beautiful Feyenoord Stadium 'De Kuip'. This stadium has been the host of the final of the European Championships in 2000. On your visit to...

  • Rotterdam Marathon

    On Sunday 13th April you will find much of the Rotterdam center closed because of a major yearly event: The Rotterdam Marathon. This marathon counts as an important event for worldwide marathons as often records are broken here. That's because the track is almost flat and thus very fast. Come and watch or participate. The website has all...

  • Buy tickets for Feyenoord Rotterdam

    Feyenoord Rotterdam is one of the major teams of the Netherlands. They have won the Europe cup 1, two times the UEFA cup and have won the Dutch championship many times. They play their home games at the beautiful Feyenoord Stadium 'De Kuip'. This stadium has been the host of the final of the European Championships in 2000. On your visit to...


Rotterdam Favorites

  • General tourist information

    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...

  • City sights

    Whenever in Rotterdam my eyes are drawn to the other side of the river Meuse. I cannot help it and always get mixed feelings ... Why? I donot really know. Maybe because I've seen the change of this small piece of Rotterdam, the Noordereiland. It used to be an underdoggy place pushed into a darkling corner by artists, musicians and performers and...

  • Architecture, modern

    Gebouw Delftse Poort (Gate of Delft Building) is an office complex consisting of two skyscrapers. The taller tower's (Until May 2009, the highest office in The Netherlands) height is 151 metres and has 41 floors and the shorter tower's height is 93 metres and has 25 floors. Both towers are built over a 4-storey multifunctional podium which...


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