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Rotterdam is one of the world’s biggest port cities and may well be the most cosmopolitan city in Holland. It offers wonderful architecture, special culture, and of course a warm welcome and pleasant atmosphere.

  • Visit Rotterdam and enjoy the unique atmosphere and architecture.
  • Cycle through the port and discover the maritime history of Rotterdam.
  • Discover the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum or take the children to Blijdorp Zoo.

Cosmopolitan Rotterdam

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.

What to do in Rotterdam

Due to the heavy bombardments in WWII, Rotterdam now looks completely different from other Dutch cities. It no longer has a historic inner city although it does boast buildings in several special styles. Famous architectural highlights are the Erasmus Bridge, Van Nelle factory, Cube houses, Euromast, and Kop van Zuid.

There is plenty to do in Rotterdam for art lovers. The best known interesting places are the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Kunsthal, and NAi. The maritime background is clearly visible in most of the city’ attractions, such as the Maritime Museum, De Delft shipyard, and SS Rotterdam, which used to be one of the Holland America Line’s flagships. You can even visit the international port of Rotterdam with a harbour tour organized by Spido or take a Splashtour. If you are visiting Rotterdam with your children, Diergaarde Blijdorp, one of Europe’s most beautiful zoos, is an absolute must.

Nightlife in Rotterdam

After a day filled with culture, architecture and shopping, you are ready to experience some Rotterdam cuisine. The city has plenty to offer, from simple snacks to unique Michelin star restaurants. A variety of spices and flavors can be found on the Witte de Withstraat, Westelijk Handelsterrein, and Veerhaven. Hotel New York offers a fantastic view of the Meuse river during your meal. The cafés around the Oude Haven or old harbour are great for a drink and a snack. The city also boasts a number of trendy clubs if you feel like dancing the night away .

Accessibility and parking in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is about an hour by car from the capital of Amsterdam and about 45 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. If you travel by car, make sure to check where you are allowed to park your car.

To discover nearby

If you want to visit other fascinating cities near Rotterdam, Delft with its famous Delft Blue and Dordrecht are absolutely worthwhile.


Whether you like a low budget place to stay, a romantic hideaway or a boutique hotel, Rotterdam has a great hotel to offer for every preference and budget. Check out the comprehensive selection and book your perfect hotel here!

Editors’ tip:

Discover the love the Rotterdam people have for their football club Feyenoord and attend a football match at the Kuip; which may be the most beautiful football stadium in Holland.

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View on Erasmusbrug from Euromast


Rotterdam is a young and dynamic city with a world-class port. The city of Rotterdam is internationally known for its modern architecture and design.