Rotterdam

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Rotterdam featuring a city, street scenes and shopping

Modernist buildings, fashionable nightlife, river views and many museums and galleries make the Netherlands’ second-biggest city an exciting and lively destination.

Rotterdam developed as a prosperous shipping port in the 1800s. As it has grown, its cultural delights have expanded. Rotterdam’s architecture is some of the most modern and innovative in the Netherlands. Spend days exploring myriad art galleries and museums. Find unusual dining experiences and trendy nightlife across the city.

During World War II, the historic port was almost entirely destroyed and the city suffered massive bombing damage. Today, view the modernist reconstructions and more recent architectural additions, such as the spaceship-like Markthal and the three half-spheres of the solar-powered Floating Pavilion.

Find a collection of architecture, art galleries and museums in the Museumkwartier. Visit one of the Netherlands’ oldest museums, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, before stepping into modern and contemporary exhibitions at the Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Arts and the TENT exhibition space. Learn about city and country history in museums covering everything from the golden era of Dutch shipping to archaeology, fossils, plants and animal life.

Afterward, explore the streets of Witte de Withstraat and Nieuwe Binnenweg. Browse through stores selling CDs and vinyl albums, lingerie, books, jewelry and fashion by local designers. At night these dynamic streets have restaurants, live music venues and lively bars.

In its location on the Maas River, Rotterdam has numerous riverside walks and waterfront dining. Explore the river delta on a cruise or take the Lek River waterbus to see 18th-century windmills at nearby Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Treat yourself to panoramic city views, including the Erasmus “Swan” Bridge, from the restaurant at the top of the Euromast. If you’re brave, abseil down. Taste the diversity of the city’s culinary treats at restaurants serving North African and Middle Eastern flavors or have a beer and traditional Dutch bitterballen, battered and fried beef balls.

Rotterdam is a major cruise ship destination. With boat access to the U.K. and to Germany along the Rhine, Rotterdam is very easy to reach. Get here from Amsterdam in 1 hour by train.

Where to stay in Rotterdam

NH Atlanta Rotterdam
NH Atlanta Rotterdam
4 out of 5
Aert Van Nesstraat 4, Zuid-Holland, Rotterdam
The price is ¥8,287 per night from Oct 14 to Oct 14
Located in the heart of Rotterdam, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Beurstraverse, Erasmus Bridge, and Erasmus MC. Luxor Theater and SS Rotterdam ...
3.9/5Good! (902 reviews)
Terrible service
"Service was terrible. Arrived before check-in time and requested 3 rooms to be close by if possible, receptionist said no problem and that she would make sure when we checked in later that would be sorted. Arrived later that evening and upon trying to check-in receptionist couldn't find our reservation, ..."

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2021

NH Atlanta Rotterdam
Mainport
Mainport
5 out of 5
Leuvehaven 77, Rotterdam
The price is ¥14,288 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Stadsdriehoek, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rotterdam Walk of Fame and Erasmus Bridge. Luxor Theater and Erasmus MC are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)
"Beautiful view, very comfortable room and lovely facilities!"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Mainport
Room Mate Bruno
Room Mate Bruno
4 out of 5
Wilhelminakade 52-58, Rotterdam
The price is ¥11,031 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Kop van Zuid, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of De Rotterdam, World Port Centre, and Luxor Theater. Maastoren and Fenix Food Factory are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (447 reviews)
"We enjoyed the location itself but our room shared a wall with the food court and it was so noisy and loud late into the night. I would definitely request to not be put there. The toiletries were nice and so was the in room coffee maker. Besides the noise it was decent."

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Room Mate Bruno
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
PREMIER SUITES PLUS Rotterdam
PREMIER SUITES PLUS Rotterdam
4 out of 5
Weena 710, Rotterdam
The price is ¥14,592 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Oude Westen, this eco-friendly aparthotel is steps from Groothandelsgebouw, Holland Casino Rotterdam, and Unbroken Resistance. Beurstraverse and Lijnbaan ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (645 reviews)
"Fourth time staying there. Great spot."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

PREMIER SUITES PLUS Rotterdam
Urban Residences
Urban Residences
4 out of 5
Hennekijnstraat 104, Rotterdam
The price is ¥16,074 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in the heart of Rotterdam, this aparthotel is steps from Beurstraverse and Lijnbaan. De Koopgoot and Witte de Withstraat are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (756 reviews)
"Great location close to transport and local attractions. Easy walk to the Erasmus bridge with fantastic views of the waterfront."

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2020

Urban Residences
Boat apartment Rotterdam Hoop
Boat apartment Rotterdam Hoop
3 out of 5
J.B. Bakemakade 41, Rotterdam
The price is ¥24,539 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in Kop van Zuid, this houseboat is within a 15-minute walk of Villa Zebra and Luxor Theater. Erasmus Bridge and SS Rotterdam are also within 2 mi (3 ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Like something out of a Fairy Tale GREAT STAY!!!
"My girlfriends and I were celebrating a friends 70th Birthday! Ronald was waiting for us as we drove up, gave us a warm welcome and brought us on the boat. It was just magical and such an amazing way to spend your time in the Netherlands!!!! I highly recommend staying on the boat to have a truly ..."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019

Boat apartment Rotterdam Hoop
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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