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

CityHub Rotterdam
CityHub Rotterdam
2.5 out of 5
Witte de Withstraat 87, Rotterdam, 3012BN
Fully refundable
The price is £49 per night from 19 Jun to 20 Jun
Stay at this hotel in Rotterdam. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (331 reviews)
"Cityhub is set up like a capsule hostel. Your room is private for only you. So you can either pick a top "room" or a bottom "room," if they have any available at your time of check-in. The room is big. About a queen-size bed. Bluetooth speakers, a built-in USB charger, a mirror, and an opened "closet." ..."

Reviewed on 21 Apr 2022

CityHub Rotterdam
Mainport
Mainport
5 out of 5
Leuvehaven 77, Rotterdam, 3011 EA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £97 per night from 19 Jun to 20 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Rotterdam. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"This is a great location for anyone with children. Breakfast was great!"

Reviewed on 5 May 2022

Mainport
Art Hotel Rotterdam
Art Hotel Rotterdam
4 out of 5
Mijnsherenlaan 9, Rotterdam, 3081 GA
The price is £67 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Rotterdam. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the overall value ...
3.7/5 Good! (990 reviews)
"Perfect"

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2021

Art Hotel 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.
Studio in Canal Villa in the Old Centre Schiedam
Studio in Canal Villa in the Old Centre Schiedam
Schiedam, South Holland
The price is £89 per night from 20 Jun to 21 Jun
Stay at this apartment in Schiedam. Enjoy free WiFi, a garden and a kitchen. Popular attractions Ahoy Rotterdam and SS Rotterdam are located nearby. Discover ...
Studio in Canal Villa in the Old Centre Schiedam
PREMIER SUITES PLUS Rotterdam
PREMIER SUITES PLUS Rotterdam
4 out of 5
Weena 710, Rotterdam, 3014DA
The price is £129 per night from 19 Jun to 20 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Rotterdam. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (667 reviews)
"Receptionist staff very friendly, helpful and attentive. Great location for transport and city centre shops. Would recommend!"

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2022

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Urban Residences
Urban Residences
4 out of 5
Hennekijnstraat 104, Rotterdam, 3012 EB
The price is £157 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Rotterdam. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (774 reviews)
"The apartments are super"

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2021

Urban Residences
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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