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The 8 Best Things to Do in Rotterdam

If you imagine a tour of Rotterdam brimming with gingerbread-style buildings, you'll be in for a surprise. Leveled by Nazi bombs in WWII, the city has transformed itself with architectural and quirky trends over the decades.

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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

This top museum presents Dutch and European artists throughout the ages, and one room highlights only Dalí's works. The sculpture garden boasts Claes Oldenburg's "Bent Screw."

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The art museum doesn't offer a permanent collection, but rather, it puts on 25 different exhibitions each year, ranging from photography to paintings to design.

Cube House

Each tilted, cubed house on a 45° angle represents a tree, and as an ensemble, a forest. If you want to see what it's like inside one of them, pop into the Kijk-Kubus Museum.


Inaugurated in 1960, the concrete observation tower offers a commanding 360° view of the city from 315 feet above the street. The elevator ride takes a mere 30 seconds.

Erasmus Bridge

Named after the 15th-century Dutch Renaissance humanist, the gleaming white, emblematic symbol of the city, nicknamed "The Swan," stretches 2600 feet across the Maas River.

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The 19th-century building, which was once the Royal Yacht Club, contains a fine collection of acquired ethnographic pieces from Asia, Africa, the Pacific and the Americas.

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Diergaarde Blijdorp

The Amazonica exhibit at the 150-year-old zoo transports visitors to a tropical world full of butterflies in a lush environment. Water pools hold catfish, turtles and piranhas.


Go on a culinary adventure in the extensive market hall in Rotterdam. Don't forget to look up: the 11,000 m2 glass façade (about the size of two football fields) displays giant artwork by artist Arno Coenen.

Planning Your Rotterdam Visit

How many days to spend in Rotterdam?

You could spend a good two to three days visiting Rotterdam's attractions, but don't forget to explore its neighborhoods, such as Laurenskwartier and Delfshaven. Tack on a few extra days and use Rotterdam as a base; the cities of Delft and The Hague are within easy reach by train. You could go further and rent a bike for a day-trip to Kinderdijk, with its string of windmills along the canals in the countryside.

Getting around

The central district is easy to explore by foot, but there's also a network of buses, trams and metro. Alternatively, you could rent a bike to get from point A to point B. After all, you're in the Netherlands.

Where to stay in Rotterdam

The Centrum (central district) is your best bet. You'll be close to all the sightseeing you want to do in Rotterdam and have easy access to public transportation.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Dutch and lots of English
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    The best weather can be found in spring and summer, but you'll need your umbrella, as it can rain year-round in Rotterdam. There are more crowds in the summer, but the weather is great for strolling outdoors, taking in the sights.

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What People Are Saying About Rotterdam

Best way to explore Netherlands in one day

If you want in one day to see three different cities this is the best choice. Delft was so beautiful, Delft potery very interesting, Hague beautiful too and Rotterdam perfect choice for persons who want to see an industrial city.
Grand Holland Tour: Rotterdam & The Hague Reviewed by Marin, 08/23/2016

nice way to visit Rotterdam, excellent guide :)

we were in Rotterdam only for 2 days so the bike tour with a guide was the best way to see the city
Rotterdam Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour Reviewed by Inge, 07/25/2016

Worth it if you want to visit lots of sites.

read through list of attractions you can use it on before buying. Excellent value if you want to use all gold and silver tickets on things you want to see.
Skip-the-Line Holland Pass: Amsterdam & Holland Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/08/2016

A Fantastic Purchase - great value for money and convenience

I bought the pass thinking it was a good idea, and boy, it certainly was that. Being able to skip the HUGE queue at the Rijksmuseum made it all worth while on its own, but with the other museums and the transport too, it was good. Everyone spoke really good English, but the staff that explained it were really helpful too. The book you get with it took a little time to understand, but once I did, it proved much easier to understand than the other one I took - the Lonely Planet guide (althought that had other useful things in it as well). The only problem with the HollandPass book was that the attraction pages didn't say which sector the attraction was in, only the address. This meant you had to cross reference to another source to group the activities into a feasible day out. But a really good purchase - and it lasts not just for the one trip, so if we get a chance, we are going to go back and carry on with other parts of Holland.
Skip-the-Line Holland Pass: Amsterdam & Holland Reviewed by Fiona, 10/27/2013

Totally satisfied with the tour and the service

Well-thought choice of the cities and sights to see. The guide was simply amazing - professional, friendly and easily switching between 4 languages! The agency staff was very courteous and let me leave the suitcase in a locked room in their office for the time of the tour and even after. A great way to see Holland in one day!
Grand Holland Tour: Rotterdam & The Hague Reviewed by Natalia, 07/23/2013

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