Rotterdam Travel Guide

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Rotterdam Things to Do

  • Boat Tours

    Spido is a well-known organization in the port of Rotterdam, because they arrange all the harbour tours, themed cruises, summer night tours &c. We took a boat trip, the 75 minute tour, on 30 December 2015 aboard the 'Abel Tasman' for which we paid euro 11,75 per person. Great value for your money, because you'll get to see the bridges, the exciting...

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  • Euromast

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    With it's 185 metres at the highest point, the Euromast is the tallest tower of the Netherlands that's open for the public to visit. I went there in May 2015 and it exceded my expectations. The view was really beautiful and luckily for us the weather was good for once.

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  • Street Scenes, Sights, and Art

    The Toonder Monument is ode to Marten Toonder, a Dutch comic creator born at Rotterdam. His Olivier B. Bommel and Tom Poes creations have world fame. The monument is made by the Artoonisten: four Rotterdam artists D.J. Chantelle, Pepijn van den Nieuwendijk, Hans van Bentem and Luuk Bode. In the monument the following Toonder comic characters are...

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Rotterdam Restaurants

  • City center

    4 out of 5 stars

    You will find Ciao Pirandello in the middle of the everyday Rotterdam action. This is Italian fast food service; also delivery service. Good place for some pasta or a pizza. Business hours: Daily: 4PM - Midnight 153: Chicken brest

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  • Witte de Withstraat, city center

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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. 2014 update: I learned that the restaurant went bankrupt in 2011.

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  • Central Station area

    4 out of 5 stars

    SUMO is a Sushi and Grill restaurant; part of the Sumo chain. They operate according to an All You Can Eat formula. A newer branch opened at the Markthal. Business hours: Mo-We: Noon - 10PM Th-Sa: Noon - 10:30PM Su: Noon - 10PM

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Rotterdam Nightlife

  • Café Restaurant and Pop podium

    Rotown is a Café Restaurant and Pop podium.The restaurant serves lunches, snacks and dinners.Business hours: Daily 11AM - 9:30PMScheduled performances

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  • Indoors sports and concerts

    AHOY opened in 1971. The complex houses sport events, concerts, shows and conventions. It's one of the buildings that can house a big audience without creating a traffic chaos around the event.

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  • 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...

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Rotterdam Transportation

  • Airport Bus #33

    During our visit to Rotterdam in June 2016, we made use of Bus #33 to travel between Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Rotterdam Central Station. Bus #33 is not actually a dedicated airport bus; it connects Rotterdam Central Station with Meijersplein Metro Station and the airport is merely one of the interim stops. The following details were...

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  • Bus #33 (Airport to Rotterdam Central...

    During our visit to Rotterdam in June 2016, we made use of Bus #33 to travel between Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Rotterdam Central Station.Bus #33 is not actually a dedicated airport bus; it connects Rotterdam Central Station with Meijersplein Metro Station and the airport is merely one of the interim stops.The following details were correct as...

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  • Sail the bus

    The Rotterdam Splashbus drives along the Rotterdam harbour and even sails into the water.The departure is at the Coolsingel, at the bus stop near Maritime Museum Rotterdam; Leuvehaven 1.Address: Parkhaven 11 - 3016 GM Rotterdam.Ticket prices per person: € 19.50 (adult).

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Rotterdam Shopping

  • Beurs Traverse (aka Koopgoot)

    The Beursgallery is a shopping Mall at the Beurs metro/tram stop at the corner of the Coolsingel and the Hoogstraat at the Beursplein square. The building dates from 1955 and was renovated in 1996. It is home to the V&D department store, LaPlace restaurant, H&M Fashion and Elegantino Jewelers amongst other businesses. 2016 Update: February 16,...

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  • Speciality food shops

    The Fresh Food Friends is a stand at the New Rotterdam Markthal. You can buy fresh food and prepare your meal at home, but there is also a possibility to go up to the restaurant/bar section and enjoy the food right away. Business hours: Mo-Th: 10AM - 8PM Fr: 10AM - 9PM Sa: 10AM - 8PM Su: Noon - 6PM

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  • 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...

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Rotterdam Local Customs

  • Interesting round bench

    This bench where Michael is sitting was close by to the market area and cube houses.Rotterdam is a major European city, you might expect to find medieval history, old city walls or age-old monuments. Rotterdam certainly has history. It’s complete destruction during WWII and the decision to rebuild as new makes this city not only unique, but also...

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  • Potable Water

    At a number of locations there is free potable water available in the Rotterdam streets.Look for a white pole with the text :DRINKWATER.

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  • BANSKY art

    How local is the Rotterdam BANSKY art?Bansky is a nick name of a British artist with world-wide fame. His street art can be fine in many world cities.

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Rotterdam Warnings and Dangers

  • Local parking

    Not everybody parks his car in the right way :)A picture I took riding tram 4, somewhere in the Northd-side of the city center.It was a deja vue of a kind of parking I had seen before during my Lisbon visit.

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  • My body guards

    As you can see Rotterdam is so unsafe (to a native-Amsterdammers like me) that I needed an escort of 7 policemen. No, I was just kidding. The city is great to explore and the only trouble I can imagine are incidents around major soccer games.

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  • Be quiet in the night

    Rotterdam is a great city to go out, especial in the weekends.Most restaurants and bars are part of urban streets where also the locals live.So, keep in quiet when you are late; the locals appreciate it.

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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?????????

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Rotterdam What to Pack

  • Packing List

    Bring an umbrella. With the average wind direction being from the South West, moist warmer air from the Atlantic Ocean is coming in resulting in one wet day on every 3 days. You might be lucky, but keep an eye on the weather forecast. It's not always sunny during the Dutch summer

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • Walking in the center

    The center of Rotterdam is very walkable. Downloadable free walking routes in Rotterdam. Walking shoes.

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Rotterdam General

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  • General tourist information

    The local Tourist Office (VVV) is located at the Coolsingel 195-197 3012 AG Rotterdam. There is a branch office in the main hall of the Central Train Station. The office offers much free information and in the shop some nice souvenirs are on sale.

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  • 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...

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  • Rotterdam Watercity (Waterstad)

    The Europoort is an industrial and port south of the New Waterway and north of the Hartel Canal, east of the Maasvlakte and west of the Botlek. The area belongs to the municipality of Rotterdam is 3600 ha. The Europoort Botlek together with the one of the largest petrochemical industrial areas of the world. At the beginning of the Caland Canal...

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