Things to do in Rotterdam

Dutch version

Rotterdam is pretty different from the average Dutch city. The many modern buildings and international trade appear to be a conscious choice. While Rotterdam has obviously got a past of which the consequences show today (by amongst others no longer having a historical centre) it's definitely a city with a strong and unique identity.

Oddly enough this “second largest city of the Netherlands” isn't on everybody's favorite list, while it's lively enough to fill your trip with fun things to do for days and days.

From the largest port of Europe, a sight in itself thanks to the many tours to the Europoort (Eurogate, also Europort), to some of the best museums in the country. In addition the city centre brustles with life both during the day and at night thanks to the excellent shopping facilities and many clubs and bars.

Sightseeing Squares Parks Museums Nearby Events

Things to do in Rotterdam - Sightseeing

The Rotterdam city centre is most known for its modern architecture and various shopping areas. The most interesting way to find out more about this is simply by bike.

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.

Erasmus Bridge

Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam After a day of shopping or visiting museums in Rotterdam you can sit by the Maas river to catch your breath and relax. For example by visiting the Erasmus bridge which is a great example of the aspiring mentality and youth of the city thanks [...] Continue reading about Erasmus Bridge.
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Things to do in Rotterdam - Squares

Whether you’re in Rotterdam to go shopping or to discover its many sights, the bars or a terrace, you’ll stumble upon plenty of squares to have a relaxing moment.


Beursplein in Rotterdam The 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.
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Things to do in Rotterdam - Parks

Maybe not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Rotterdam, but the city has a lot of green to offer. Visit one of the various city parks to escape from the busy daily life and relax.

Arboretum Trompenburg

Arboretum Trompenburg in Rotterdam The 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.
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Things to do in Rotterdam - Museums

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.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen With 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.
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Things to do in Rotterdam - Nearby

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.

Kinderdijk windmills

Discover windmills at Kinderdijk Maybe one of the strongest stereotypes that exist abroad are the many windmills that can be found in the Netherlands. Despite using them mostly to generate energy these days, it's still worth the experience to visit the windmills at the Kinderdijk. The Kinderdijk windmills are [...] Continue reading about Kinderdijk windmills.
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Things to do in Rotterdam - Events and activities

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.


Saturday, December 22 – Sunday, December 30


Wednesday, January 23 – Sunday, February 03

Thursday, January 24 – Sunday, January 27