See & do
Eating & drinking
Dine at the glorious Hotel New York and enjoy the unique skyline and the view of the Meuse. Go on a food safari, take a tour on the Pannenkoekenboot (pancake boat) or see the city from the revolving restaurant at the top of the Euromast. Rotterdam has it all!
Cafés and terraces in Rotterdam
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Where to stay
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Museums in Rotterdam
Rotterdam has museums with international grandeur that present art and design ranging from old masters to contemporary art. Learn more about museums in Rotterdam.Read more
Rotterdam is the second largest city in Holland and unlike any other Dutch city. With its impressive skyline, Rotterdam is also called ‘the Manhattan on the Meuse’. Rotterdam’s international port is Europe’s biggest harbour and among the world’s top five biggest harbours. It is an architectural and cultural metropole with countless attractions, festivals and museums. The city has a lively, young urban culture and an unmatched selection of shops, restaurants and cafes. Rotterdam used to be a labourers’ city, which has lived on in its way of thinking characterized by honesty and hard work.
Rotterdam is a city of many faces: a tough port city, a trendy nightlife city, a sophisticated shopping city, and a hip artistic city. Above all, Rotterdam is the architecture city of Holland that stimulates innovation. Its skyline is always changing. There are many things to do amid Rotterdam’s skyscrapers. You can go on a shopping spree, enjoy some excellent food, and visit a range of museums and attractions in and around the city centre.
The best-known museums in town and two of Holland’s most sophisticated museums, Boijmans van Beuningen and Kunsthal, are located on the Museumpark in Rotterdam. Elsewhere in the city you will find even more museums and exciting attractions, such as the Scheepvaartmuseum shipping museum, Euromast, Hotel New York, Spido and Steamship Rotterdam. If the cultural offering doesn’t convince you, the huge and varied shop offering will.
Check out the map and plan your visit
Public transport in Rotterdam
By public transport
It is easy to travel by metro or tram in Rotterdam. The water taxi is a special means of transport, taking you at high speed to over 50 spots in Rotterdam and the surrounding area.
If you are coming by car, make sure to seek out information about parking in Rotterdam.
Transport in Holland
Distances within Holland are easily bridged. Any location you might want to visit can be reached within three hours. The train, bus and tram will taken you pretty much anywhere you want to go. You can also explore Holland by bicycle. With over 32,000 kilometers worth of bicycle paths, Holland is a real cycling country with many fantastic cycling routes.