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Rotterdam

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Rotterdam: Rotterdam Zoo Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Rotterdam: Rotterdam Zoo Skip-the-Line Ticket

Visit Rotterdam Zoo and see fascinating animals that feel perfectly at home in specially-imitated natural landscapes. Avoid the long lines and explore one of Europe’s most beautiful zoos. Rotterdam Zoo supports a number of conservation projects in the wild and actively participates in many breeding programmes for endangered species and is one of the international top ten of zoos in this field. Dive into Oceanium and take a magical voyage over the bottom of the sea and along coastal regions, meeting many marine and coastal inhabitants such as fish (from herring to sharks), puffins, snakes and a large group of king penguins. Discover beautiful butterfly paradise Amazonica where you'll experience tropical temperatures, fragrant flowers, thousands of colorful South American butterflies, the awesome anaconda and greedy piranhas.  In Africa, an exciting path takes you safely past a group of large crocodiles! Once you’re at the top of the path, stand eye to eye with the giraffes. At a safe altitude, admire the other inhabitants of the new savanna such as hyenas, kudus, ostriches and zebras. On the African Gorilla Island, you will be delighted by Bokito’s playful gorilla family. ...and much more! On top of these experiences, see a rare species of forest giraffe, take a voyage through Asian marshes, and discover the Ice Cave for a magnificent view of polar bears.

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Rotterdam: Euromast Lookout Tower Ticket

2. Rotterdam: Euromast Lookout Tower Ticket

The Euromast is Rotterdam's icon. At 600-feet high, it’s the highest watchtower in the Netherlands and an essential part of the skyline of the city. Discover amazing stories about the city using our Magnicity app. Take incredible photos and marvel at the unique view of Rotterdam. When the weather allows it you can see up to 18 miles in the distance and at night you can see the stars come to life. Enjoy your visit to Euromast for a lunch, dinner, high tea or high wine at 300-feet high in the brasserie. In the Deli restaurant on the ground floor, you’ll find the best coffee in Rotterdam. You can also enjoy fresh pastries, a warm panini or one of the homemade tarte flambées For the youngsters amongst you, there’s lots to do at the Euromast. Children can go on a space tour adventure, together with the mascots Rox, Ziza and NomNom. On Sundays there is also the Euromast Kidsclub on the ground floor in the Deli restaurant. Children can play, craft and build for free, and they even have the opportunity to build their own Euromast out of Lego.

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Rotterdam: Old Town and Harbor Exploration Game & Tour

3. Rotterdam: Old Town and Harbor Exploration Game & Tour

Explore the city by slipping in the role of a WWII spy trying to save the city from an apocalyptic bombing raid. In your mission, you will discover incredible places and solve clues on your phone that will walk you through stories of honor, love, and war, whilst exploring Rotterdam in its old glory. The journey will take you around 1.5 to 2-hours to complete, but there’s no time limit so you can finish it at your own pace. The total length of the route is about 3 kilometers. Embark on a self-guided quest by merely downloading the app and heading to the starting point. Get ready to go on a unique and thrilling city exploration adventure. As you solve the clues, you will discover new locations and stories. This game is one of the most exciting and unique ways to have fun while acquainting yourself with the marvelous city of Rotterdam. Join this fantastic game for families and groups of friends. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

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Rotterdam: Kinderdijk Windmill Village Entry Ticket

4. Rotterdam: Kinderdijk Windmill Village Entry Ticket

Explore the windmill village of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See museum mills and a pumping station, then glide across the polders on a tour boat. Journey back through time to a world of old Dutch windmills. Stroll through the centuries-old buildings of a delightful village, and see fascinating exhibits from different historical eras. Visit three museum mills, open-air displays, and a pumping station. There's also an interactive scavenger hunt for kids, a multi-screen film, and an app to make the most of your visit. Then, clamber aboard one of the inclusive tour boats. Glide across the polder waters as the many windmills of the village drift past.

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Rotterdam Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

5. Rotterdam Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

See Rotterdam from a local perspective, traveling the cycle friendly streets by bike. Join an enthusiastic guide on a tour of Rotterdam’s old and new landmarks, and learn practically everything you need to know about the city and why it is so unique. Available as a group or private option, all tours start from the striking new Rotterdam Centraal Station, completed in 2014 after a decade-long reconstruction. See the imposing City Hall (Stadhuis), and the dramatic new Markthal (Market Hall). Go into the Kop van Zuid district on the south bank of the Nieuwe Maas. Marvel at some of the new developments of the old port area, along with landmark buildings such as the Hotel New York in the former headquarters of Holland America. Admire the Erasmusbridge that connects the north and south of the city, cycle through 2 beautiful parks, and pass some of the city’s most important museums. Stop for a coffee break at a unique location. Get a better idea of the layout of the city, improving your experience when walking or cycling here during the rest of your stay.

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Rotterdam: 1-Hour River Cruise and 3-Course Meal

6. Rotterdam: 1-Hour River Cruise and 3-Course Meal

Admire Rotterdam’s famous attractions from the water aboard a 1-hour cruise sailing down the Maas River, which includes live commentary from a local expert guide. Board the cruise and, as the journey begins, look up to see a unique view of the Euromast. Glide past renowned landmarks like SS Rotterdam, Kop van Zuid, and Hotel New York. Continue down the river and pass by the White House, Willems Bridge, the city’s port, and other impressive buildings decorating the skyline. Listen to the onboard guide tell you interesting facts about Rotterdam and what makes the city’s architecture so special. Explore the open decks to feel the cool river breeze and see the city from many vantage points, providing perfect photo opportunities. Experience a relaxing alternative to sightseeing in Rotterdam — a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion. After the river cruise you will eat at de Zwarte Zwaan, next to the departure location of the cruise. You may choose a starter, main course, and dessert from the menu, with a variety of meat, fish, and vegetarian options to choose from.

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Rotterdam: River Cruise and Euromast Entrance Ticket

7. Rotterdam: River Cruise and Euromast Entrance Ticket

Admire Rotterdam’s famous attractions from the water aboard a 1-hour cruise sailing down the Maas River, which includes live commentary and an entrance ticket to the popular Euromast viewing tower. Board the cruise and, as the journey begins, look up to see a unique view of the Euromast. Glide past such renown landmarks like SS Rotterdam, Kop van Zuid, and Hotel New York. Continue down the river an pass by the White House, the Willems Bridge, city’s port, and other impressive buildings decorating the skyline. Listen to the onboard guide as they tell you interesting facts about Rotterdam and what makes the city’s architecture so special. Explore the open decks that allow you to feel the cooling river breeze and see the city from many vantage points that provide perfect photo opportunities. Experience a relaxing alternative to sightsee in Rotterdam- a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion. After the cruise, receive your ticket to visit the Euromast. Make your way up glass elevator of the highest watchtower in the Netherlands and enjoy breathing panoramic views from 185 meters up in the air.

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Rotterdam: De Rotterdam, Cube Houses, Watertaxi and Markthal

8. Rotterdam: De Rotterdam, Cube Houses, Watertaxi and Markthal

Join an enthusiastic tour guide who will tell you all about the places visited and their unique stories. The tour starts in Katendrecht, from where you explore Fenix 1 and Deliplein. Then, walk over the Wilhelminapier, where you can admire views of the city's skyline. Cross the river with a water taxi, passing under the de Erasmusbrug Bridge. The water taxi brings you to the old harbor, where you will start a guided walk around the spot where Rotterdam originated. Here you will visit the rooftop of Het Witte Huis, the oldest skyscraper in the world, where you have an amazing 360-degree view over the city. Next, see the famous Cube Houses, before visiting the Markthal. Here, the tour guide will tell you about the archaeological treasures found right at this spot. Experience the elevated walkway with the best view of the art ceiling, see the Horn of Plenty, and join a "meet and taste" with an entrepreneur who will treat you to a small bite to eat.

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Rotterdam: Steamship Rotterdam Audio Tour Entry Ticket

9. Rotterdam: Steamship Rotterdam Audio Tour Entry Ticket

Take a journey into the past and roam the decks above and under the water line like the world traveller you are. Expect to be dazzled by the stylish decorated rooms before taking time to unwind on the ship's impressive bow. The Steamship Rotterdam is the biggest oceanliner ever built in the Netherlands. As the former flagship of the Holland-America Line, this ship has sailed many of the world’s seas since 1959. The ship is now moored permanently in the Maashaven in Rotterdam, by Katendrecht. Look across the monumental bow, watch the heavy windlasses, climb up the towering bridge, check out the chart room, the radio room and visit the original captain’s cabin. Explore the glorious past and follow in the footsteps of emigrants and world travellers by taking the Rotterdam Complete Tour, the Seabreeze Deluxe Tour or the Steam and Chrome Tour.

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Rotterdam: 90-Minute Harbor Cruise and Euromast Entry Ticket

10. Rotterdam: 90-Minute Harbor Cruise and Euromast Entry Ticket

Relax and see Rotterdam's most spectacular landmarks as you sail down the Maas River on a harbor cruise with live commentary and a bar with drinks and snacks. Find a place inside the cozy salon or sit on the open deck. Start your cruise from the Parkhaven under the Euromast. Pass by the Sint Jobshaven, the Waalhaven, and the Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, home to Onderzeebootloods. Keep an eye out for the massive container ships. See the famous cruise ship SS Rotterdam and Hotel New York. Enjoy the skyline of downtown Rotterdam as you approach one of the most famous city landmarks, the Erasmus bridge. Experience a relaxing alternative to sightseeing in Rotterdam- a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion. After the cruise, receive your ticket to visit the Euromast. Make your way up the glass elevator of the highest watchtower in the Netherlands and enjoy breathing panoramic views from 185 meters up in the air.

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Frequently asked questions about Rotterdam

What top attractions are a must-see in Rotterdam?

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

4.4 / 5

based on 3,226 reviews

Very nice to explore the city. I was stupid enough to buy 2 tickets. That is unnecessary. At one point I was asked if I wanted to take a picture of the trip. After I did this I couldn't get to the walk anymore. It is now working again. So I have to finish it again later.

This game was a lot of fun and a great way to explore the city and see cool new places. It's also really informative, because after finding and solving each clue you get some interesting facts about Rotterdam during WW2. Would recommend!

We had a combination ticket of the cruise first followed by the euromast. We just missed the boat at 12:30 but without issues we could change to the 2 pm cruise. Both attractions were worth it.

It was fantastic. Millers/women were in traditional costume. Toilets everywhere. Good explanation, good guidance.

What a fantastic experience. The Netherlands is rich with this piece of heritage.