Welcome to Rotterdam
A Northern city whose wide vistas are filled with the sky, Rotterdam lies under the fresh, maritime skies painted by the old Dutch Masters. Its streets are spacious, and its architecture is famous for its innovation. The world’s first skyscraper- eleven storeys high- was built here in 1898, and since the War, which destroyed so much of the old city; it has provided a playground for visionary modern architects, with its ‘forest’ of cube houses, and the spectacular new market hall, set inside a 40 metre high arch, which opens in October 2014.
It's also a city filled with green spaces, where huge industrial ships share space with ancient sailing vessels in its busy port, and shoppers stroll down streets of quirky boutiques and glamorous restaurants, as the white lights of the Erasmus bridge glow in the clean night air like a stage set and the waterfront facades are lit with colour. Parks, water, plants and bicycles set the mood for a visit to a city that’s entirely designed to explore, admire and enjoy.
HOTEL NEW YORK
SEE SS ROTTERDAM
This refurbished 1950s cruise liner, moored in the harbour, operates as a hotel and restaurant. It’s still decorated in the style of its heyday, and makes a wonderful experience for an unusual overnight stay.
GO UP THE EUROMAST
This towering 100 metre mast was built in 1960, but has had an 85m section added since, to make it Rotterdam’s tallest structure. At the top is a restaurant and two honeymoon suites, ‘Heaven’ and ‘Stars’ in which guests can book a luxury overnight stay.
LOOK FOR THE ARCHITECTURE
There are different styles everywhere- but don’t miss the Schouwburgplein, a variation of a city square, on a car park roof.
GO FOR A FESTIVAL
Rotterdam loves festivals- the city hosts different celebrations throughout the year- Rotterdam Unlimited, from 10th-15th June, celebrates dance, music and theatre, and is followed by the North Sea Jazz festival, 11th June-13th June.
VISIT THE BOBBING FOREST
Artists Jorge Bakker has created an installation of floating model trees, in preparation for a lifesize version at Rijnhaven port.
GET A ROTTERDAM WELCOME CARD
You get a OV chip card for unlimited use of public transportation (for 1, 2 or 3 days) and also save a fortune on museums, restaurants theatres and clubs. Available from ROTTERDAM.INFO (tourist information.)
GETTING AROUND ROTTERDAM
By Metro, Tram and Bus
RET is the transport company in charge of all three, so the timetables neatly link up, making getting around Rotterdam a breeze.
To travel on the Metro, bus or tram, you need a OV chip card, available from sales points, top-up machines and information kiosks at the Metro stations, the RET-Service Shop, post offices, Primera shops, Tabac&Gifts shops, The ROTTERDAM.INFO (tourist information office), VVV Rotterdam Info Café and via www.ov-chipkaart.nl. Cards cost from €7 for unlimited travel for one day.
There are 5 Metro lines , A-E, all different colours, so they are easy to follow, and stations are marked with a large yellow M.
The tram lines that go through the city centre are 4, 7, 8, 20, 21, 23, 24 and 25. All the trams stop at Central Station. Trams run Mon-Sat 5:00 am - 0:30 am / Sun 7:00 am - 0:30 am (times vary depending on the line).
At night you can travel in Rotterdam by RET BOB bus. The BOB buses are available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and leave from the man nightlife areas. The BOB bus tickets cost €5.50 for a one-way trip.
There’s a huge network of cycle paths. Visitors can rent a bike at Rotterdam Central Station via Fietspoint, starting from about €6.50 per day.
The water-taxis travel between Hotel New York, the Leuvehaven and the Veerhaven, every ten minutes, and run Mon-Sun 9:00 am - midnight. A one-way trip starts from € 2.90 for an adult.
High-speed Maas Taxis go between various boarding points in the city and the greater Rotterdam area. Each Maas Taxi can accommodate one to six people and a one-way trip starts from €6.70.
The Aqualiner ferry in Rotterdam stops at Erasmusbrug/Spido, Katendrecht, St. Jobshaven en Heijplaat-RDM.