On bike you prevent getting hooked on the shopping streets (unless that’s what you’re here for) and allows you to explore more remote parts of the city when you’re done “architecturing”. Having a guide with you on bike is guarantee not to miss a thing.
BeurspleinThe popularity of the Beursplein (Stock Exchange Square) can be largely explained by the dug up Koopgoot (Shopping Gutter) which offers the shopping public another floor of stores. At the street level of the square you furthermore find the larger chain stores like the Bijenkorf [...] Continue reading about Beursplein.
BinnenrottepleinThe Binnenrotteplein in Rotterdam is not a square in the regular sense of the word, but an open area of which the original function has been deprecated. Reason why it is in fact worth a visit, at least on Tuesday and Friday through Sunday, is [...] Continue reading about Binnenrotteplein.
StadhuispleinA popular area for nightlife in Rotterdam is the Stadhuisplein (City Hall Square) with a variety of bars and restaurants. As expected, with nice weather there's an abundance of terraces to be found. The City Hall itself is quite an impressive sight on the square, [...] Continue reading about Stadhuisplein.
Arboretum TrompenburgThe Arboretum Trompenburg in Kralingen east in Rotterdam is a beautiful piece of nature of no less than 14 acres in the middle of the city. It's history goes back to the 19th century. This garden with a unique collection of among others trees, bushes, [...] Continue reading about Arboretum Trompenburg.
Kralingse plasDespite the City Interior Award for best public space of the Kralingse Plas (Kralingen Lake) being a couple of years old, this doesn't mean you'll have any less fun in this nature rich environment these days. The almost 250 acres of the park from 1939 [...] Continue reading about Kralingse plas.
MuseumparkThe name of the Museumpark logically comes from the presence of numerous museums like the Chabot Museum, the Kunsthal (Art Hall), the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the Natuurhistorisch Museum (Natural History Museum). This former estate is nowadays split into various areas like the event [...] Continue reading about Museumpark.
The Park at the EuromastThe Park at the Euromast in Rotterdam is the decor for numerous events in the course of the year. From previously the ZomerZondag (Summer Sundays) to the Dunya Festival and teh Bevrijdingsfestival Zuid-Holland (Liberation Festival South Holland) are organized in the most famous city park [...] Continue reading about The Park at the Euromast.
Zuiderpark RotterdamThe Zuiderpark (Southern Park) in Rotterdam is a city park with every opportunity for a relaxed day out. Thanks to the abundant green, from forests to allotments, you can at the very least go for a hike and enjoy the sun. Also the facilities for [...] Continue reading about Zuiderpark Rotterdam.
Keeping in mind the turbulent history of the city of Rotterdam and its port, it’s no surprise you’ll find plenty of museums that take you by the hand into the history of art, trade, politics and nature.
Belasting & Douane MuseumFor everything about the history of taxes down to smuggled goods throughout the centuries, you head for the Belasting & Douane Museum (Tax & Customs Museum) in Rotterdam. And we're not talking about lengthy tax forms, but anything ranging from paintings to smuggle objects, antique [...] Continue reading about Belasting & Douane Museum.
Chabot MuseumIt's not every day that you visit a museum in a villa, but the Chabot Museum in Rotterdam is actually housed in it. This museum with its many works by Hendrik Chabot, a Dutch art painter and sculptor, shows you paintings, drawings, statues and more [...] Continue reading about Chabot Museum.
Maritiem Museum RotterdamSituated at the Leuvehaven you find the Maritiem Museum (Maritime Museum) where you can come and explore, among others, the oldest ship model of Western Europe. A fun section for the kids is the area of Professor Plons who is about to make a trip [...] Continue reading about Maritiem Museum Rotterdam.
Museum Boijmans Van BeuningenWith a collection spanning centuries from the 13th century till today, art lovers will definitely feel at home in the Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam. Next to modern art you find toasters that were never produced, East German pottery and various commercial products that were carefully [...] Continue reading about Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
Museum RotterdamThe Timmerhuis behind the city hall is where you come and visit the Museum Rotterdam. A great place to explore the inspiring exhibitions, educational presentations and research into the municipal heritage. This translates into a variety of exhibitions that are sure to fascinate. From the [...] Continue reading about Museum Rotterdam.
Museum Rotterdam ’40-’45 NUThe impact of the Second World War, felt all the more in Rotterdam due to the bombings, is clearly exhibited in the Museum Rotterdam ’40-’45 NU (Museum Rotterdam ’40-’45 Now). From the propaganda which was used during the first steps of the German army to [...] Continue reading about Museum Rotterdam ’40-’45 NU.
Natuurhistorisch Museum RotterdamDozens of animal species and for each specie a number of variations, the gigantic skeleton of an elephant and unique fossils from Dutch soil. And that is only part of what you can expect of the ongoing exhibition of the Natuurhistorisch Museum (Natural History Museum) [...] Continue reading about Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam.
Nederlands FotomuseumFrom the library to the interactive floor and the millions of pieces that belong to the collection of the museum, make the Fotomuseum (Photo Museum) in Rotterdam worth a visit. The Dark Room of the museum is where you discover the permanent collection about the [...] Continue reading about Nederlands Fotomuseum.
WereldmuseumThe Wereldmuseum (World Museum) in Rotterdam, with a freely accessible fixed collection, offers a semi annual themed exhibition. The free collections consists of 1,800 pieces from cultures from all around the world. The origin of this collection are the tradesmen and scientists who traveled around [...] Continue reading about Wereldmuseum.
Next to everything the city itself has to offer, you’ll also enjoy visiting nearby destinations. From the busy city life to the quiet and nature rich environment of the windmills at Kinderdijk and the Green Heart in the middle of the megalopolis called the Randstad.
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When planning a trip to Rotterdam, you definitely want to keep an eye on the event calendar to see whether one of the many musical, cultural or artistic events could make your trip even more exciting.