Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands, in western Europe and one of the largest ports in the world.

Rotterdam is a bike-friendly city, with special lanes for cyclists on most streets. You can rent one at the Cycle Shop Central Station.

Local museums include the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, with an eclectic collection of art from the Middle Ages to the present day, the Natural History Museum an the Netherlands Architecture Institute. Note: some museums may be closed on Mondays.

For a bird’s eye view of the city and the harbour, head to Rotterdam’s tallest building – the 610ft Euromast. A lift whisks you up to an outdoor viewing platform, from which you can see as far as Antwerp and The Hague on a clear day. 

The 15th century Sint Laurenskirk is the only building from the Middle Ages left in Rotterdam (it had to be partially rebuilt after the World War II bombing). A 400 year old statue of Erasmus on the square in front of the church. 

Delfshaven is tucked away into the south-western corner of Rotterdam and gives a glimpse of what the city would have looked like before it was destroyed in World War II. See the traditional wooden windmill and narrow canal lined with antique shops and cafes. Learn about Rotterdam’s history at the Dubbelde Palmboom Museum and pay a visit to the Pelgrimvaderskerk (Pilgrim’s Father Church). 

Blaaske Bos (Blaaske forest) is a row of colourful, cube-shaped houses tilted precariously on their sides and supported by concrete pillars.

The 17th-century mansion Het Schielandshuis houses a wealth of exhibits on the history of Rotterdam. Beautifully furnished period rooms, vintage maps and clothing from centuries past are the main attractions.

Rotterdam’s zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp) is a big tourist attraction. There is also an aquarium here too. 

To experience working windmills, head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk.

The disabled cruiser visiting Rotterdam 

Where You’re Docked

Cruise ships dock in downtown Rotterdam. The terminal has a tourist information desk and stands selling Dutch handicrafts.

Taxis are available and a regular shuttle service operates from the Cruise Port Rotterdam passenger terminal to the center of town, with an onboard host to give you tips and information.

The terminal also is served by the Metro and Trams 20, 23 and 25. Various ticket options are available on board. A rechargeable OV-Chippenkaart can be bought from dispensers in stations, the tourist office and some newsagents.

Good to Know

Heavy traffic 

Getting Around

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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The official currency is the euro.

Language

The official language in Rotterdam 

Shopping

You’ll find Dutch and international chain stores in the pedestrian-only shopping areas along the Lijnbaan and the Beurstraverse, while the best antique stores are along the waterfront in Delfshaven.

There is a vast choice of cuisines on offer in Rotterdam. Seafood such as herring (eaten raw), mussels, eels, oysters and shrimps are widely available and Kibbeling, small chunks of battered white fish, is a national fast food. 

Points of Interest

  • Rotterdam – a seven-

Rotterdam Accessible Excursions

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Rotterdam Accessible Guided Tour

This 4 hour accessible