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Metropolis Information to Rotterdam, Holland’s City Haven

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Rotterdam is a metropolis I’ve visited over 10 instances over the previous 30 years. There’s something about it that retains calling me again. Each time it does there’s at all times one thing new, cool and thrilling to find. Rotterdam has typically been an overshadowed metropolis. Nevertheless, over the previous few years, this main port metropolis and concrete haven in South Holland has change into the go-to vacation spot in Holland.

That is for a lot of good causes. Having been witness to Rotterdam’s development and growth over time, I’m happy that so many individuals at the moment are seeing what I’ve at all times seen on this great and numerous metropolis. It’s a metropolis that I may by no means tire of visiting. It is usually one which I’m positive will proceed to evolve and I can not wait to see how.

Rotterdam was destroyed throughout World Battle II. But this resilient and decided metropolis has risen from the ashes and is now an excellent cool and cosmopolitan place to go to. Many alternative kinds of structure along with repurposed buildings, skyscrapers and bridges may be discovered throughout the town, which is sometimes called ‘Manhattan on the Meuse’, due to its trendy skyline. Due to this fact, in the event you like up to date areas and quirky design, Rotterdam is a superb possibility in the event you’re searching for a European metropolis break. Right here is my information to Rotterdam and among the greatest things it (at the moment) has to supply.

How To Get To Rotterdam


Fly to Holland with KLM

Fly To Holland With KLM

I flew to Holland with KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij in the event you’ve ever questioned what the abbreviation meant), from my native airport, Humberside. KLM is at the moment (2019) celebrating their 100th yr in aviation, making it the world’s oldest working airline. In case you are a daily reader of the weblog you’ll know that I at all times battle to seek out flights from Humberside.

This normally means no less than a two-hour drive to my closest huge airport earlier than the beginning of any international jaunt. Due to this fact, the truth that KLM flies from there, along with 17 different UK airports, makes attending to Holland tremendous simple and in addition in my case tremendous handy too. Plus as a nervous flyer, the truth that the flight takes lower than an hour will get a large thumbs up from me.


Rotterdam Centraal Station

I really like trains in Holland – they’re dependable and low cost, particularly in comparison with those within the UK. As Holland is a comparatively small nation getting anyplace through practice is normally fairly fast and easy. As quickly as I’d landed at Amsterdam Schipol and handed by passport management I headed to the practice station situated underneath the airport itself.

Prebooking tickets is at all times suggested. Particularly in the event you plan to journey a distance and need to guarantee that you’ve got a seat reservation. Nevertheless, you can even purchase them as soon as at Amsterdam Schipol from the ticket machines on the high of the escalators earlier than heading all the way down to the practice platforms. Or if in case you have a Eurail go and are travelling through practice by Europe, you might be additionally coated.

There are over 90 trains each day from Amersterdam Schipol to Rotterdam Centraal. Due to this fact the chances are, in the event you miss one, you gained’t be ready too lengthy till one other practice passes by. The journey takes a mere 26 minutes and prices roughly £13.

The place To Keep

Mainport Hotel, Rotterdam

Mainport Hotel, Rotterdam

Mainport Hotel, Rotterdam

As with every main metropolis, there are a variety of choices on the subject of the place to remain. These embody lodges, residences, Airbnbs and with hostels ranging from £11 per night time, Rotterdam is a superb possibility for even probably the most budget-conscious traveller. Nevertheless, if you’re searching for lodging that has that one thing further then the 5 star designed Mainport Rotterdam Lodge is the proper alternative. Its distinctive location, on the banks of the river Maas ensures wonderful views over the water and the skyline of Rotterdam.

This luxury and trendy resort is situated inside strolling distance of most of Rotterdam’s principal points of interest. That’s in the event you can tear your self away from the on-site restaurant, bar, gymnasium, pool and spa. Additionally in the event you go for a waterfront sauna room, not solely with you be rewarded with the wonderful views I discussed earlier than, but in addition your personal private sauna. Sure, an precise sauna in your toilet. What higher strategy to chill out after a full day exploring all the things Rotterdam has to supply?

Not solely is that this resort lovely however it’s also has a Surprisingly Sustainable program in place. This system units out formidable sustainable objectives for the resort to fulfill. From eco-friendly care merchandise and LED lights to charging factors for electrical bikes and automobiles, Mainpoint Rotterdam is extraordinarily environmentally acutely aware. Couple that with the excessive ranges of consolation {and professional} hospitality and it apparent why this resort is such a preferred alternative in Rotterdam.

How To Get Round

My favorite manner of getting round any metropolis is to stroll and Rotterdam is a really walkable metropolis. The truth is, there are a variety of guided strolling excursions you may e book if you wish to be certain that you don’t miss any of the important thing websites. Nevertheless, in the event you fancy one thing distinctive or you might be merely brief on time, Rotterdam has some nice different choices so that you can contemplate.

Watertaxi Rotterdam

Watertaxi, Rotterdam

Watertaxi, Rotterdam

There are 50 touchdown levels all through the town. Due to this fact taking a water taxi is a fast strategy to zip from one level in Rotterdam to a different. Whizzing by the water can also be extraordinarily enjoyable. For those who resolve to take a seat exterior, bear in mind to carry on. Additionally keep in mind that you could be get a tad moist from the spray. Taking a water taxi not solely permits you to see Rotterdam from a unique vantage level, however it additionally permits you to see different buildings/points of interest that you will have missed.

Relying on how many individuals are sharing the taxi, costs begin from €4.50 pp. All you need to do is e book upfront on the Watertaxi Rotterdam web site. Failing that you would be able to merely name on the day you need to journey utilizing the quantity which may be discovered at every touchdown stage. In case you have booked upfront, it’s necessary that you’re prepared and ready in your water taxi because it is not going to grasp round for you.

Rotterdam Metro

Rotterdam Metro

Once more, if time will not be in your aspect and you need to be someplace rapidly then the Rotterdam metro, which is the oldest metro system in Holland, is a superb and simple to make use of possibility. Merely purchase a RET day-ticket from Rotterdam Centraal, any metro station and even e book on-line for simply €8. It offers you with a full day of limitless journey by Rotterdam, each through the day and at night time. The very best half is, you can even use your ticket on trams and buses operated by RET too.


Bikes are synonymous with Holland. With nice cycle paths and routes, it’s simple to see why many locals go for the two-wheel choice to get round. Hiring a motorcycle can also be a good way for vacationers to get round too because it provides you the choice to journey across the metropolis and cease everytime you fancy or see one thing that piques your curiosity.

As a result of it’s such a preferred factor to do in Rotterdam, there are a variety of motorcycle rent corporations working within the metropolis. Some lodges provide the choice to rent bikes from them too. There are additionally plenty of guided bike excursions on provide in Rotterdam which give a complete overview of the town, supreme for first-time guests.

The place To Eat

There are quite a few locations to eat in Rotterdam and definitely one thing for everybody’s style and finances. Having visited on so many events, I’ve misplaced depend of (and forgotten the names of – sorry!) the wonderful locations I’ve eaten at over time. Nevertheless, listed below are among the locations I managed to seize a chunk at on my most up-to-date journey. All of which I might extremely suggest attempting out for your self.

Aloha Bar

Aloha Bar, Rotterdam

Aloha Bar, Rotterdam

Aloha Bar, Rotterdam

The Aloha Bar may be discovered within the outdated Tropicana waterpark advanced. Having visited Tropicana a couple of instances when it was operational it was nice to see that the constructing, from the surface no less than, is precisely because it was the final time I visited, roughly 10 years in the past. Inside, the present construction has been utilised to create a metropolis greenhouse permitting sustainable entrepreneurship. With the Aloha Bar organising within the former WildWaterbaan and the out of doors space of ​​the swimming pool.

It’s a good spot for lunch and/or dinner. Particularly on a pleasant day due to the solar terrace over the River Maas. Mouthwatering meals, together with a terrific number of vegetarian and vegan dishes, a glass of native beer and views of the Erasmusbrug (Erasmus Bridge), what’s to not like about that.


Foodhallen, Rotterdam

Foodhallen, Rotterdam

Foodhallen, Rotterdam

The Foodhallen in Rotterdam is my sort of place and a meals lovers delight. With 15 stands all serving completely different delicacies and drinks, everybody in your social gathering can select one thing completely different. But you may all sit collectively. From sushi to burgers and never forgetting candy treats, there actually is one thing for everybody with out anybody having to compromise. Open each day, 12:00 – 23:30 Sunday to Thursday and 12:00 – 01:00 Friday and Saturday, the Foodhallen is certainly value dropping by.

De Matroos en Het Meisje

De Matroos en Het Meisje, Rotterdam

De Matroos en Het Meisje, Rotterdam

De Matroos en Het Meisje, Rotterdam

If high-quality eating in a conventional Dutch setting feels like an ideal night’s dinner plans than a go to to De Matroos en het Meisje (The Sailor and The Lady) is very advisable. Behind the scenes, on the door, you’ll discover an intimate restaurant. This can be very in style and infrequently full each night time of the week. With Delft blue tiles and paintings throughout the primary wall and well-known Dutch checkered tea towels getting used as napkins, this restaurant is definitely quirky and distinctive. Nevertheless, it’s necessary to notice that this restaurant is definitely not fashion over substance.

The menu, which is as daring because the decor, modifications often to consider native and seasonal substances. The menu du chef on provide is a superb possibility in the event you take pleasure in a shock. Simply bear in mind to allow them to know upfront of any allergic reactions/intolerances. You’ll be able to select from three to 6 programs with non-obligatory wine pairing. This restaurant is a superb alternative for any event from a primary date by to a household meal. With pleasant and educated workers, a go to to De Matroos en het Meisje is definitely an experience you’ll not neglect in a rush. 

Rotterdam Markthal

Rotterdam Markthal

Rotterdam Markthal

Rotterdam Markthal

The Markthal in Rotterdam is the most important indoor market corridor in Holland and is a foodie’s delight. The spectacular constructing is dwelling to not solely the indoor market but in addition workplace and residential residences too. It attracts locals and vacationers of their droves each day. Nicknamed Koopboog due to its horseshoe form, the Markthal is a must-visit vacation spot when in Rotterdam. The construction designed by structure agency MVRDV is beautiful and though distinctive, it definitely matches in with the city and ever-changing skyscape of the town. 

Even when you don’t want to choose something up from any of the 100 recent produce models or 15 meals outlets and even eat at any of the Eight eating places, a go to merely to marvel on the beautiful ceiling is suggested. Greater than 4000 lovely tiles depicting The Horn of A lot designed by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam adorn the arch. They’re actually breathtaking. However when you are there, choosing up some scrumptious delicacies is a superb thought. These embody Dutch staples resembling cheese, bitterballen and naturally stroopwafels. You’ll be able to even take a guided strolling tour of the Markthal for about £15, permitting you to “meet and style” the producers and their produce. 

Op Het Dak

Op Het Dak, Rotterdam

Op Het Dak, Rotterdam

Op Het Dak, Rotterdam

A beautiful little hidden oasis within the hustle and bustle of the town is Op Het Dak. Situated inside strolling distance of Rotterdam Centraal, this cool rooftop restaurant and occasional bar prides itself on creating meals that’s clear, easy and native. The restaurant’s picket terrace overlooks the backyard which grows natural greens, edible flowers, herbs and is dwelling to a bee farm. It’s necessary to notice that Op Het Dak is closed on Mondays. You’re additionally unable to order a desk upfront. With solely 45 seats obtainable, you will have to hold round till a desk turns into obtainable. This can be a very fashionable spot.

Locations To Go to

So you know the way to get to Rotterdam, the place to remain, the way to get round and the place to eat, however what points of interest do you have to go to? Listed below are a couple of you actually ought to try. A few which are literally free to go to, which is nice information if you’re travelling on a finances.

ss Rotterdam Escape Room

ss Rotterdam Escape Room, Rotterdam

ss Rotterdam Escape Room, Rotterdam

The ss Rotterdam ( also referred to as “The Grande Dame”) was the cruise liner that folks needed to journey on. After crusing the seven seas for 40 years, she was retired and is now a everlasting fixture in Rotterdam. She has been restored to her former glory and now serves as a resort and museum. Many individuals choose to take afternoon tea within the Captain’s Lounge. Whereas others resolve to take the ss Rotterdam Exploration Tour. The tour permits you to get a really feel for what life aboard the grand ship was like each above and beneath deck.

The vessel can also be dwelling to Escape Rooms ss Rotterdam which has two similar rooms (with one other design at the moment being constructed). Situated within the outdated chilly storages deep within the bowels of the ship, the escape room has been designed particularly for the ship. The theme focuses on the mysterious secrets and techniques of the ship’s former captain. It’s appropriate for groups of 4 – 8. It’s crucial you’re employed as a crew to crack varied codes and remedy plenty of puzzles all inside 60 minutes within the hope of discovering the hidden treasure.

Binnenrotte Market

Binnenrotte Market, Rotterdam

For those who occur to be in Rotterdam on a Saturday or Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m, it is advisable try Binnenrotte Market. It’s a good spot to go if you wish to store the place the locals do. Binnenrotte is situated proper subsequent to the Markthal and reverse the Dice Homes (extra about them quickly), which implies you can’t miss it. It’s the largest open market in Holland with over 500 hundred stalls. You’ll be able to choose up an entire host of things. These embody classic items and books by to garments and never forgetting recent produce and flowers.

Dice Homes

Cube Houses, Rotterdam

Cube Houses, Rotterdam

No go to to Rotterdam is full with no go to to the Dice Homes (also referred to as “Het Blaakse Bos”). They’re the primary attraction in Rotterdam. After you have seen them up shut and private you’ll perceive why. The quirky structure is one thing that it is advisable see to understand simply how distinctive it truly is. Designed within the 1970s by architect Piet Blom and primarily based on the idea of “dwelling as an city roof”, the 38 homes had been designed to utilise all of the house obtainable inside.

If you wish to see inside a dice home for your self, you’re in luck, you may go to the Kijkkubus (present dice home), which is furnished as a typical home, for a mere €3.00. The Kijkkubus is open seven days per week from 11:00 a.m. to five:00 p.m. You’ll be able to even spend the night time in a dice home on the lately opened Stayokay hostel. The hostel has a merchandising machine, bistro and bar, free WiFi entry all through and breakfast can also be included. And in the event you fancy proudly owning your personal dice home and are fortunate sufficient to ever see one in the marketplace, costs begin at roughly €175,000.


Euromast, Rotterdam

If you’d like a terrific view of Rotterdam and the encompassing space from above, the Euromast is the place to go. The remark tower was constructed between 1958 and 1960. It at the moment stands at 184.6 m (606 ft) making it the tallest constructing within the metropolis. Entrance prices € 10,25 per grownup and it’s necessary to notice that solely playing cards are accepted for cost. Euromast can also be dwelling to a deli, brasserie and the Euromast Suites, every with its personal personal balcony.

I hope this information helps you intend a go to to Holland’s city haven, because it actually is a metropolis that have to be visited. With a spread of lodging obtainable, mouthwatering eating places and attention-grabbing and distinctive points of interest Rotterdam is an excellent European metropolis.

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