Tons of Fun Things To Do in Rotterdam
Rotterdam is an awesome city with tons of fun things to do and places to explore. Let’s get started!
There are museums to suit every taste in Rotterdam. Are you a fan of art? Check out the Kunsthal or Boijmans van Beuningen. More interested in culture? Visit the Wereldmuseum. Want to learn about plants, insects and animals? Stop into the Natural History Museum. Another great museum to visit with kids is the Maritiem Museum. And if you want to see some great exhibits about Rotterdam history, stop by the Museum Rotterdam.
Rotterdam Food Halls
Rotterdam has some awesome food! You can find Korean restaurants, Surinamese tokos, Vietnamese eateries and more!
The city is also famous for its food halls. The new Markthal is an architectural wonder in a giant arch with flying fruits and veggies decorating the inside. Pop in for a snack or shop at the many market stalls. My favorite spots include the Bram Ladage for Rotterdam’s best fries, and the wine & beer shop World of Drinks. Head up to their second floor to enjoy a beverage overlooking the market.
For a more laid back vibe make your way to the Fenix Food Factory. Housed in an old warehouse, this market is a fun place to spend an afternoon or evening. Grab something to eat from one of the vendors and get a craft beer from Kaapse Brouwers or cider at Cidercider. On a sunny day sit outside by the water and enjoy the views. Fenix Food Factory regularly hosts special events – don’t miss them, they are super fun!
Rotterdam has lots of water, and therefore several famous bridges. One of the most popular and picturesque is the Erasmusbrug, also known as De Zwaan. Take a look – it really resembles a big white swan! Another cool bridge is De Hef.
Speaking of bridges, I love the Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge project!
Take a Watertaxi
Since there is lots of water around Rotterdam a good way to get around is by watertaxi. Hop on at one of the stops and go for a speedy ride across the water. I love watching these bright yellow boats jet under bridges.
Want to get on the water and learn about Rotterdam’s architecture at the same time? Take an UrbanGuide cruise!
Rotterdam is known for being different from the other big Dutch cities like Amsterdam. It was heavily bombed during WWII and much of the old traditional architecture was destroyed. Thus the city has an unusual look from other parts of the Netherlands and is home to some wonderful and interesting modern architecture. Rotterdammers also have terrific nicknames for their icons.
Some of my favorite places in Rotterdam are repurposed and reused spaces like Aloha Bar the restaurant housed in an old waterpark, Vessel 11 a restaurant on a lightship, or a bar on a rooftop parking lot at DÂK.
Start at the cool new Centraal Station with its angled roof. Wander over to the Hofbogen, and grab a coffee under the former railway arches. Make your way to the Kubuswoningen and the nearby Markthal. There is so much to see in this vibrant city.
Rotterdam Public Art
Walking Rotterdam’s streets you will start to notice sculptures everywhere. Maybe one of the most famous is the Santa Claus by Paul McCarthy better known as “Kabouter Butt Plug” for obvious reasons. Another favorite of mine is a sculpture over the Maas by Auke de Vries known as the “wash line”.
Be sure to also visit the Westerkade to see the public gardens created by famous Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf.
Visit this website to take a look at the sculptures you can find around Rotterdam. You can take a bicycle tour with UrbanGuides to discover more of Rotterdam’s public art. If street art is more your style, download the Rewriters app for a guide to the city’s best!
Places to Stay in Rotterdam
Did you take a day trip to Rotterdam or will you spend a night or more? There are often less expensive deals to be had in Rotterdam, and there might be vacancies here when Amsterdam is full!
Rotterdam has wonderful hotels that may suit your needs. Good hotels in Rotterdam include citizenM Rotterdam, Mainport Design Hotel and Hotel New York. Take a look at Cherrycake & Chocolate B&B and for cozy bed and breakfasts.
You’ll find that Rotterdam has many apartments available to rent for travelers, perfect for those who like a little more space and independence. Take a look at Urban Residences Rotterdam and PREMIER SUITES PLUS Rotterdam for fully stocked lodging with kitchens and bathrooms.
You can also find lovely places in Rotterdam on sites like Airbnb. Use this link to register and you can save €30 off your first reservation!