A city with world class architecture, an open and cosmopolitan atmosphere and a hip & happening art, festival and culinary scene. There’s always something to see or do in Rotterdam. International acclaim supports the new elan of Rotterdam as top international destination. Lonely Planet declared Rotterdam as one of the top cities in the world for travellers in 2016. Other international accolades include Must See City 2014 (NY Times)
Rotterdam has a rich cultural life. Renowned museums, art institutions and galleries display the most controversial art, both old and new. Outdoors you also come across the most beautiful artworks and graffiti.
Known for its spectacular harbor, but with Hoek of Holland it also has a beautiful beach where you can experience a lot of things. And … Rotterdam is also one of the greenest cities in the Netherlands with parks such as the Kralingse Bos, Vroesenpark and The Park at the Euromast.
If you love architecture, Rotterdam is definitely worth a visit. In the city centre, historic buildings and characteristic post-war reconstruction architecture clash cheerfully with the hypermodern skyscrapers built in more recent decades. The Cube Houses, Erasmus bridge, Rotterdam Central Station and the Markthal: visit them by yourself or book one of the many (guided) city tours.
Rotterdam itself has much to offer but is also the perfect base from which to visit cities, nature, beaches and the attractions in the area. Get on your bike and/or take public transportation and you’ll find yourself there in no time: from the bustling Rotterdam Maasvlakte and the vast dunes of Hoek van Holland to the royal city and seat of the government, The Hague and the traditional Dutch windmills at Kinderdijk. On this page, you will discover what there is to do nearby Rotterdam.