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Sights in Rotterdam

Rotterdam, the city known for its unparalleled architecture, rich maritime history and vibrant cultural scene, has something for everyone. Here you'll find all the information you need to fully experience Rotterdam. From iconic sights to hidden gems, culinary delights to lively events - Rotterdam has it all, and we would like to invite you to join us on a fascinating journey of discovery through this dynamic city. So, be inspired, informed and enchanted by all that Rotterdam has to offer. Where does your journey begin?

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Where does your exploration of Rotterdam begin?

Rotterdam is so versatile, we could write a book about it. Below you will find some tips per district that we would like to share with you. Let us know what your favorite district is!

Rotterdam City Center

Rotterdam city center, the beating heart of the city, offers a fascinating mix of history, culture and contemporary dynamism. Here are some tips for getting the most out of this vibrant district:

  1. Market Hall: Dive into the culinary world of Rotterdam at the Market Hall. This impressive indoor market houses countless food stalls, restaurants and stores where you can sample local and international delicacies.

  2. Cube Houses: Admire the bold and unique architecture of the Cube Houses. These cube-shaped houses are not only an architectural masterpiece, but you can even see one from the inside in the Viewing Cube (the Show-Cube).

  3. Witte de Withstraat: This lively street is known for its art galleries, trendy boutiques, bars and restaurants. It is a great place to enjoy art, culture and good food.

  4. Shopping in the Koopgoot: Shopaholics can indulge in the Koopgoot, a popular shopping street with numerous boutiques, department stores and specialty stores.

  5. De Oude Haven: Stroll along the charming canals and historic buildings of Kralingen's Oude Haven. Here you will find cozy cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a snack and a drink overlooking the water.

Katendrecht

Katendrecht, once known as the infamous "Katendrecht Head," is now one of Rotterdam's most exciting and up-and-coming neighborhoods. Here are some tips to experience this vibrant neighborhood to the fullest:

  1. Fenix Food Factory: Start your exploration at the Fenix Food Factory, an artisanal market hall with an array of local produce and eateries. Sample artisan cheeses, freshly baked bread and other delicious treats while enjoying stunning views of the Maas River.

  2. Katendrecht Luchtpark: Escape the hustle and bustle at the Katendrecht Luchtpark. This green oasis offers a peaceful place to walk, picnic or just enjoy the outdoors overlooking the city.

  3. Deliplein: Deliplein is the bustling heart of Katendrecht, with cozy cafes, restaurants and art galleries. It is also home to Theater Walhalla, where you can enjoy live performances and shows.

  4. Historical Museum Rotterdam: Learn more about the history of Katendrecht and Rotterdam at the Historical Museum Rotterdam. The exhibitions offer insight into the evolution of this city and neighborhood.

Rotterdam North

A vibrant neighborhood with a rich mix of cultures and activities, Rotterdam Noord is one of the most vibrant and colorful parts of the city. Here are some tips to get the most out of your visit to Rotterdam Noord:

  1. Blijdorp Zoo: Discover the world of wild animals at Blijdorp Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlands.

  2. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen: Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is the world's first publicly accessible art depot. A working building in full swing, with hundreds of collection pieces on display almost every day, special presentations and rooftop restaurant Renilde.

  3. Oude Noorden: Stroll the atmospheric streets of the Old North, where you can discover historic architecture, boutiques and art galleries.

  4. Vroezenpark: Escape the crowds at the Vroezenpark, a quiet city park with ponds and green meadows.

Delfshaven

A historic gem on the banks of the River Maas, Delfshaven is a neighborhood in Rotterdam steeped in history and charm. Here are some tips to get the most out of your visit to Delfshaven:

  1. Historic Harbour: Begin your exploration at Delfshaven's historic harbor. Admire the beautiful, old ships and take a look at the historic quay, where you will get an impressive picture of the city's maritime past.

  2. Pilgrim Fathers Church: Visit the Pilgrim Fathers Church, an ancient church that played an important role in the history of the Pilgrims, the first English settlers to leave for America.

  3. Museum Rotterdam '36-'45: For history buffs, this museum is a must-visit. It offers insight into life in Rotterdam during World War II and tells the story of the city and its inhabitants during this turbulent period.

  4. Eetcafé Oude Sluis: Taste the local cuisine at Eetcafé Oude Sluis, where you can enjoy traditional Dutch dishes in a cozy atmosphere.

Kop van Zuid

Welcome to the modern and dynamic Kop van Zuid neighborhood, a striking piece of Rotterdam that symbolizes the city of the future. Here are some tips to get the most out of your visit to Kop van Zuid:

  1. Erasmus Bridge: Start your exploration with an iconic view of Rotterdam by walking or biking across the impressive Erasmus Bridge. An architectural masterpiece, this modern bridge connects Kop van Zuid to the city center.

  2. Hotel New York: Discover the history of emigration and transatlantic travel at Hotel New York, once the headquarters of the Holland-America Line. Enjoy a meal or drink in the restaurant overlooking the Maas River.

  3. Wilhelminapier: This former harbor pier has been transformed into a cultural center with modern architecture and art. Visit the Nederlands Fotomuseum or enjoy a performance at the Luxor Theater.

  4. LantarenVenster: If you love film and music, don't miss a visit to LantarenVenster. This stage for jazz music and film offers a varied cultural program.

Rotterdam West

Rotterdam West, a diverse and vibrant neighborhood, offers an exciting mix of cultural attractions, parks and culinary delights. And above all, home to Le Marin! Here are some tips to get the most out of your visit to Rotterdam West:

  1. Museum Het Schielandshuis: Discover the history of Rotterdam at the Schielandshuis, a museum housed in a magnificent 17th-century mansion. The exhibitions bring the city's past to life.

  2. Luchtpark: The Luchtpark is a modern city park on top of a parking garage. It offers stunning views of the city and is a great place for a walk, jog or picnic.

  3. Dining options on Middelland Street: Explore Middelland Street for a culinary adventure. Here you will find a variety of restaurants and eateries serving cuisine from around the world.

  4. Nieuwe Binnenweg: This lively street is the place for vintage stores, boutiques and local art galleries. Ideal for lovers of shopping and art.

Kralingen

Kralingen, a charming and green neighborhood in Rotterdam, offers an oasis of calm amid the urban bustle. Here are some tips to get the most out of your visit to Kralingen:

  1. Kralingse Bos: Start your day with a relaxing walk or bike ride in the beautiful Kralingse Bos. This sprawling city park offers lush forests, a large lake and various recreational opportunities, including swimming and rowing.

  2. Plaswijckpark: If you are traveling with children, Plaswijckpark is a great destination. This family-friendly amusement park offers playgrounds, animals, a zoo and miniature rides, making it a fun day out for the whole family.

  3. Kralingse Plas: For water sports enthusiasts, the Kralingse Plas is a paradise. Rent a sailboat, rowboat or canoe and enjoy a day on the water.

Noordereiland

A hidden treasure in the heart of Rotterdam, Noordereiland is a neighborhood with unique charm and a relaxed atmosphere. Here are some tips to get the most out of your visit to Noordereiland:

  1. Walk along the Maas River: Start your exploration with a leisurely stroll along the Maas River. Enjoy the soothing sound of the lapping water as you look out over the Rotterdam skyline.

  2. Willemsbrug: Walk across the historic Willemsbrug and admire the beautiful view of the Maas River and the city. This bridge connects the North Island to the city center and is a great place for photos.

  3. Havenloods: Visit the Havenloods, a former warehouse turned into a vibrant center for arts and culture. Here you can attend exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events.

  4. De Hef: Admire the impressive steel monument of De Hef, a former railroad lift bridge that is now no longer in use. It is an icon of Rotterdam's industrial history.