Rotterdam Travel Guide

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Rotterdam Things to Do

  • 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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  • Boat Tours

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Cubic Houses (Kubus woningen)

    We gladly took the opportunity to visit the Kubuswoningen by Dutch architect Blom. Controversial and a source of inspiration for architects all over the world, but at the same time frowned upon as impractical. Some visitors complain about giddiness. To some extent, we liked what we saw. Living quarters would be large enough for the two of us, and...

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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

  • Cafe Walenburg

    On this trip, heading back to the Hoek from Oostende, I had a whole day to make the journey. I started with a decent breakfast at my Oostende hotel and so lunch was of the liquid variety at one of my favourite railway station pubs, Pub Breda when changing trains at Antwerp - unfortunately the landlady wasn't serving that day, but her daughter was...

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  • A Find And A Half!

    On this trip, heading back to the Hoek from Oostende, I had a whole day to make the journey. I started with a decent breakfast at my Oostende hotel and so lunch was of the liquid variety at one of my favourite railway station pubs, Pub Breda when changing trains at Antwerp - unfortunately the landlady wasn't serving that day, but her daughter was...

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  • 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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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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  • Trains

    From the front the modern Rotterdam Centraal is indeed pretty much finished, and very impressive it is too. For a city centre transport hub it has everything - connections to the Metro, trams, buses (local and international) and a vast underground, free to use, bicycle parking. Within the station there are shops galore and useful ones at that,...

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  • Rotterdam Centraal September 2016

    From the front the modern Rotterdam Centraal is indeed pretty much finished, and very impressive it is too. For a city centre transport hub it has everything - connections to the Metro, trams, buses (local and international) and a vast underground, free to use, bicycle parking. Within the station there are shops galore and useful ones at that,...

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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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  • Schiedam (around Rotterdam)

    BTW: ... you want to see the tallest windmills of the whole world? Go for a travel to Schiedam. When in Rotterdam you donot need to go far away. Schiedam is between Rotterdam and Vlaardingen and it is really worth a while to visit the area of Schiedam. There is a nice little centre, some beautiful canals (it is possible to cruise the Schiedam...

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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

    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...

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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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  • 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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