Welcome to Rotterdam

Guide to Rotterdam, Netherlands
“The chief element of happiness is this: to want to be what you are.” Erasmus

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.




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See

THE SHOPPING STREETS

"One of Rotterdam’s greatest charms is its shops..." more
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MUSEUMS

"Rotterdam is a treasure chest of museums..." more
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SPIDO TRIP

"The best way to see the city is from the water..." more
Willemsplein 85 3016 Rotterdam +31 (0)10 275 99 88 Leuvehaven Line D or E Tram, line 7, stop Willemsplein

Eat

LAS PALMAS

" The open kitchen is a reassuring sign that the food is excellent..." more
Wilhelminakade 330 3072 Rotterdam 010-23 45 122 Wilhelminaplein 20, 23, 25 Wilhelminaplein

De Tuin

"De Tuin is next to a windmill and offers a lovely outdoor terrace overlooking the water..." more
Plaszoom 354 3062 Rotterdam Voorschoterlaan (D/E) Tram 7

BAZAR

"charming and eclectic middle Eastern restaurant..." more
Witte de Withstraat 16 3012 BP Rotterdam +31 10 206 5151 7, 20 Museumpark



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Drink

Level

Pannekoekstraat 76A 3011 LK Rotterdam 010 – 280 07 88 Rotterdam Blaak A/B/C

Het Eigendom

"This charming wine bar is the sort of place where hours can pass..." more
Witte de Withstraat 45B 3012 BM Rotterdam +31 10 - 413 79 62 Beurs

Sleep

Inntel Hotel

THE INNTEL HOTEL more
Leuvehaven 80 3011 EA Rotterdam +31 10 413 4139 Leuvehaven D/E

HOTEL NEW YORK

"Beautiful wrought iron staircases, the curved wood and brass of old liners, high ceilings and nostalgic touches such as vintage travel posters make a stay here a delight..." more
Koninginnenhoofd 1 3072 AD Rotterdam +31 10 439 0500 Wilheminaplein D/E 20, 23, 25

CITZEN M ROTTERDAM

"Very modern, and the sort of place where Jason Bourne might hide out between missions..." more
Geldersestraat 50 3011 MP Rotterdam +31 10 810 8100 Rotterdam Blaak A/B/C



Guide to Rotterdam, Netherlands

TIPS

VISIT HOLLAND WEBSITE

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. 

SS ROTTERDAM


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.

EUROMAST


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.

BOBBING FOREST


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

GETTING AROUND ROTTERDAM


GUIDE TO ROTTERDAM CENTRAAL STATION


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.

METRO

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.

TRAM

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).

BOB-bus

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.

BIKE

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.

BOAT

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.







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