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Rotterdam
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Rotterdam which includes street scenes, a city and shopping

The second largest city in the Netherlands not only has a lot to show in terms of modern architecture, it also has great nightlife and countless museums.

Rotterdam is renowned for its port, but that’s not all it has going for it. It has some stunning high rises, great museums and excellent nightlife.

In the 13th century a dam was built on the river Rotte and a settlement established: Rotterdam. In the 19th century, the settlement grew into a city after the port was built. The city was badly damaged in the Second World War, which is why it has very few historic buildings.

In addition to the city's famous points of interest, such as the Euromast and the impressive Erasmus bridge, there are a lot of less well-known places worth going to, such as the futuristic Markthal, or the Drijvend Paviljeon (floating pavilion), a centre for sustainability which consists of three interlinked spheres. Rotterdam's famous Koopgoot is a great place to shop. Culture aficionados will thoroughly enjoy Rotterdam's museum quarter. An absolute must is Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, one of the oldest museums in the country with works by great masters such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh.

Rotterdam has a great public transport system, making it easy to get around the city. You can take a bus, a tram or the tube and there are several places where you can hire bicycle. Bike stalls are free in the city centre, so you shouldn't have too much trouble parking it. Most of the sights are easy to reach on foot.

Rotterdam Central Station is easy to get to from just about every city in the Netherlands. You can fly directly to Rotterdam from London City and Manchester, or you can fly to Amsterdam and take an intercity train from there. Alternatively, you can take the ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland and the train to Rotterdam, the ferry from Hull to Rotterdam Europoort, or the Eurostar from St Pancras via Lille. If you're planning on driving, you can take the ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland or the train from Folkstone to Calais and then drive up the E40.

Rotterdam is a great place to relax among modern architecture, lovely museums and great shopping.

Where to stay in Rotterdam

Mainport
Mainport
5 out of 5
Leuvehaven 77, Rotterdam
The price is £98 per night from 4 Jun to 4 Jun
Located in Stadsdriehoek, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rotterdam Walk of Fame and Erasmus Bridge. Luxor Theater and Erasmus MC are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (980 reviews)
"best always number one"

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2020

Mainport
nhow Rotterdam Hotel
nhow Rotterdam Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Wilhelminakade 137, Rotterdam
The price is £78 per night from 30 May to 30 May
Located in Kop van Zuid, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fenix Food Factory and Erasmus Bridge. Maritime Museum and Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum ...
4.3/5Excellent! (981 reviews)
Fab hotel would definitely recommend
"Really cool and well decorated hotel with quirky features! The room had a fantastic view of the city. Wonderful, friendly staff that were very helpful."

Reviewed on 8 Feb 2021

nhow Rotterdam Hotel
PREMIER SUITES PLUS Rotterdam
PREMIER SUITES PLUS Rotterdam
4 out of 5
Weena 710, Rotterdam
The price is £96 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in Oude Westen, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Groothandelsgebouw, Erasmus MC and Erasmus Bridge. Euromast and Luxor Theater ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (630 reviews)
Perfect for a family
"It’s a perfect place to stay with a family. The studio is child friendly, baby crib provided, small kitchenette is a great advantage. Centrally located, easy to reach the main attractions of Rotterdam. I would definitely recommend this place."

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2020

PREMIER SUITES PLUS Rotterdam
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Boat apartment Rotterdam Hoop
Boat apartment Rotterdam Hoop
3 out of 5
J.B. Bakemakade 41, Rotterdam
The price is £246 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
Located in Kop van Zuid, this houseboat is within a 15-minute walk of Villa Zebra and Luxor Theater. Erasmus Bridge and SS Rotterdam are also within 2 miles ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Like something out of a Fairy Tale GREAT STAY!!!
"My girlfriends and I were celebrating a friends 70th Birthday! Ronald was waiting for us as we drove up, gave us a warm welcome and brought us on the boat. It was just magical and such an amazing way to spend your time in the Netherlands!!!! I highly recommend staying on the boat to have a truly ..."

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019

Boat apartment Rotterdam Hoop
Boathotel Rotterdam Wilhelmina
Boathotel Rotterdam Wilhelmina
3 out of 5
Wijnhaven 61, Rotterdam
The price is £397 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
Located in Kop van Zuid, this houseboat is within a 15-minute walk of Villa Zebra and Luxor Theater. Erasmus Bridge and SS Rotterdam are also within 2 miles ...
Boathotel Rotterdam Wilhelmina
Boathotel Rotterdam Anna
Boathotel Rotterdam Anna
3 out of 5
J.B. Bakemakade 41, Rotterdam
The price is £253 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
Located in Kop van Zuid, this houseboat is within a 15-minute walk of Villa Zebra and Luxor Theater. Erasmus Bridge and SS Rotterdam are also within 2 miles ...
Boathotel Rotterdam Anna
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Rotterdam

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4/5 - Good

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19 Mar 2020

Great place, reminded me of Liverpool, beautiful modern architecture, great food and record shops, easily walkable. Couldnt visit museums because of Covid19. Rotterdam is great!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

Lots of unsual sculptures

5/5 - Excellent

GS

5 Jan 2020

Rotterdam is a great city we will be visiting again

5/5 - Excellent

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1 Jan 2020

Rotterdam is great for shopping and there is a lot to see with some great restaurants. Will definitely return to explore more.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Dec 2019

One of the greatest cities in the world - and I should know having been to over 40 countries

5/5 - Excellent

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2 Dec 2019

Rotterdam was lively and exciting. Enjoyed the Fenix Food Factory at Katendracht

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