Rotterdam Travel Guide - Vibrant and Youthful 

Home to over half a million Dutch people, Rotterdam is the 6th largest metropolitan area in Europe, and Holland's second largest city behind Amsterdam.

Until recently the Rotterdam ferry port was the busiest in the world, attracting ships from all four corners of the globe. Because of its maritime history, Rotterdam has developed a unique culture, with influences from all over the world.

Rotterdam can also be thought of as a relatively new city. Almost completely destroyed during the Second World War, Rotterdam has had to be totally rebuilt since the 1940's. Following days of intense bombing, Rotterdam and its port suffered five years of occupation in the German’s hands.

The affects of the war can still be seen today in the heart of Rotterdam. Look closely at the architecture and you can see the surviving houses from the war squashed in between the newly built post war homes.

Rotterdam has other great transport links apart from the Rotterdam ferry. Trains from Amsterdam depart six times an hour and take about an hour to reach the centre of Rotterdam.

Getting there by car from the Amsterdam ferry port is surprisingly easy too. Less than an hours drive from our ferry in Amsterdam, you can save time and money by travelling from Newcastle instead of driving to the ferry in Hull.

From Newcastle it can take almost 3 hours to drive to the Rotterdam ferry service and could cost as much as £34 to drive to return. Instead take the ferry to Amsterdam and drive the short distance to Rotterdam which could cost as little as £10 each way.

Things to do and see in Rotterdam

Windmill in Rotterdam

You will also find many interesting attractions in the immediate surroundings of Rotterdam! These include Windkracht 4, Het Keringhuis and Stork Village Het Liesvelt, to name just a few.

The Euromast

At 185 metres high the Euromast is the place to go for the best view in town. The new super fast automatic lifts take you up to the platforms for a panoramic view over the whole of Rotterdam.

Reconstruction of "The Delft"

A great opportunity to observe, up close, the reconstruction of an 18th century wooden sailing vessel, The Delft, which set sail at the height of Dutch sea power. It’s not far from Delfshaven where the original was built, right on the banks of the Maas and Rotterdam’s Schiehaven harbour front.

Nieuwe Luxor Theatre

The Luxor Theatres is housed in a stunning modern building in the up and coming Kop van Zuid area. The programming is characterised by a long series of large-scale musical and cabaret productions. These will be interspersed with more modest concerts, operas, operettas and dance. It also has a repertoire catering for virtually every taste.

Dutch flag in Rotterdam

Spido Harbour Cruise

If you're sailing to Holland, it's worth getting an up-close view of the world’s largest port, by taking a 75 minutes harbour cruise. See the shipyards, docks and quays up close and be a part of the heavy traffic of seagoing vessels and inland sailing ships on a river that brought glory to Rotterdam.

Water Taxis

The water links the southern and northern banks of the river Maas. Two regular services run from Wilhelminakade (near hotel New York on Kop van Zuid) to Veerhaven and Leuvehaven. The classical dark-blue wooden boats sail every day of the year. There is always a water taxi available to take you across the water.

Services run Mondays – Fridays from 8 am to 12 midnight, on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am – 12 midnight.

Shopping in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a shopper’s paradise. It has a diversity of shopping districts ranging from exclusive to popular and from megastore to small boutique. The well-known shopping streets in Rotterdam are located in ‘Lijnbaan’ in the heart of Rotterdam, and shops are open seven days a week. The major department store is the ‘Bijenkorf’. Around the city centre you'll find many unique boutiques. If you are keen on bargains, take a stroll around the market for a multi-cultural range of items every Tuesday or Saturday. Large indoor shopping malls include the ‘Alexandrium’ and the ‘Zuidplein’ Hillegersberg’ is a special shopping  area in the North of Rotterdam, featuring a variety of luxury shops.

Eating out in Rotterdam

Described as one of the best restaurants in Rotterdam, the Parkheuvel provides excellent food and service.

De Loft
Situated in Rotterdam's funky Westelijk Handelsterrein area, this trendy and cosy restaurant offers an extensive food and drinks menu, as well as a nightclub later in the evenings.

Offering delicious Mediterranean and Oriental food, the Bazar is a place you must go and experience.

Built in an old power station, this stylish restaurant allows you to watch the chefs in action.

Wijn Of Water
Locate in Rotterdam Harbour you will be handed a mouth-watering menu as you take your seat

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