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Top attractions in Rotterdam

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.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

    1. 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."

  • Kunsthal

    2. Kunsthal

    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

    3. 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.

  • Euromast

    4. Euromast

    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

    5. 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.

  • Wereldmuseum

    6. Wereldmuseum

    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.

  • Diergaarde Blijdorp

    7. 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.

  • Markthal

    8. Markthal

    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 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
    +31
  • 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

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,113 reviews

Während 2,5 Stunden vermochte es Willem, unser Guide, seine Begeisterung für Rotterdam mit uns zu teilen. Viele kleine Details und Anmerkungen machten diesen Rundgang zu einem tollen Erlebnis. Jedem zu empfehlen, der einen Einblick in Geschichte und städtischer Entwicklung bekommen möchte. Wir haben jede Minute genossen.

What a wonderful way to discover this city! Despite Corona we were able to enjoy ourselves and learn so much. Our guide was very knowledgeable and what she told/showed us made us really appreciate Rotterdam’s history and rebirth.

Really interesting museum and factory tour. Owing to coronavirus we were the only people on the tour with an audio guide which was great. Recommend going now when it’s quiet!

very nice team and tour guard. thx to Jenny, Leroy and Patrick for a really nice boat trip

Можливість чудово провести час з дітьми. Різноманіття наземних і підводних істот.