Schiedam is known as a small city right next to the bigger Rotterdam. The main attractions are the remnants of the gin industry and the historical city centre. During your stay in Schiedam, you could also go out into nature or take a day to visit the city of Rotterdam.
Hotels near Schiedam
The hardest task while planning your trip to Schiedam, might just be picking a hotel. You could choose to stay in the city centre, one of Schiedam’s main attractions, or closer to for example the highway, for easier access to Schiedam’s surroundings.
Popular sights around Schiedam
Are you looking to relax and enjoy nature while staying in Schiedam? Great choice: Schiedam lies on the borders of the river Nieuwe Maas in the south and fields in the north. You could go out for a walk to enjoy some fresh air, or plan a bike ride to see more of the area.
Schiedam is known for their gin: when the locals could not import gin from France, they started to brew their own gin in the 18th century. Dozens of distilling companies exported their gin all over the world. The industry has mostly disappeared from Schiedam by now, but the tallest mills in the world and many former distilleries make us remember the so called ‘Golden Age’ of Schiedam. In one of the distilleries, located at the historic Lange Haven, the Jenever museum is worth a visit. Schiedam is also home to the Borrelmuseum, which shows the Dutch ‘borrel’-culture (late afternoon drink).
Schiedam’s historical city centre is over 800 years old. The city centre is one of the main attraction for tourists: it has canals, museums, historical buildings and a lively plaza with terraces that are filled with people enjoying the sun. Make sure to take some time to walk around the city for the historical street views. Some highlights are the old city hall, St. Janskerk, St. Liduina Basiliek and the mills. Also pay a visit to the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, located in the former Sint-Jacobs-gasthuis. The museum exhibits modern and contemporary arts.
Schiedam is now known as a commute city, with many inhabitants working in the neighbouring city of Rotterdam. However, Schiedam is actually older than Rotterdam. Thanks to the commuters, Schiedam has great connections to surrounding cities, as Rotterdam. If you have the time, make sure to visit Rotterdam. Rotterdam is known for its architecture, it is a great place to go shopping, enjoy the nightlife or for a cultural outing. You could also visit the zoo: Diergaarde Blijdorp.
Hotel Facilities in Schiedam
Each and every hotel in Schiedam has their own qualities, so depending on your preferences make sure to pick a hotel that you like. Pick a hotel with a spa when you are looking to relax, or a hotel that offers bicycles for rent if you want to go out and explore the area.