10 Things to Do in Rotterdam That You Shouldn't Miss

January 22, 2018 Mollie Coke

Holland's most modern city began as a fishing village in the 13th century. It was developing into an industrial and trading power when German bombers destroyed the city center and harbor in 1940. However, Rotterdam's unique architecture now brings many visitors to bike around this urbane, cosmopolitan city. Old Dutch-style houses can still be found in historic Delfshaven, from where the pilgrims set sail in 1620. Cultural offerings from summer's carnival to classical music give Amsterdam competition.
Restaurants in Rotterdam

1. Huis Sonneveld

Jongkindstraat 12, 3015 CG Rotterdam, The Netherlands +31 10 440 1200
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 200 reviews

Huis Sonneveld

Reviewed By Katrien S - Ghent, Belgium

Located very close to the Boymans van Beuningen museum, it is well worth a visit if you are interested in architecture or interior design. The house was designed for one of the directors of the van Nelle factory, his wife and 2 daughters. It is set up as a grand villa, with bedrooms for 2 maids, a studio for the 2 daughters to study, and several large and interconnected rooms. Although the architects did not design the furniture, they did decide upon the furniture that was to be used in the house. Most of that furniture is still present, the original or a replica. Build in 1933, the house is full of technological novelties. Make sure to aks for the free audio guide, as you will see much more as well as hear the reasoning behind several colours.

2. Stadium Feijenoord (De Kuip)

Van Zandvlietplein 1, 3077 AA Rotterdam, The Netherlands +31 10 492 9444
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 405 reviews

Stadium Feijenoord (De Kuip)

Reviewed By 35Edwin - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The Feyenoord Stadium ("De Kuip") is considered the Dutch version of the old Wembley stadium in England.
A very rich history, home of iconic team Feyenoord. Feyenoord was Netherlands first club team to win the European Cup in 1970, the start of the 'golden years' in Dutch football history - including two World Cup finals in '74 and '78.
There is small museum next to the stadium (History Home) and you can get a tour seeing parts of the stadium that are normally not accessible.

3. Rotterdam Centraal Station

Stationssingel 10, 3013 HA Rotterdam, The Netherlands +31 900 2021163
Excellent
54%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Rotterdam Centraal Station

Reviewed By hkgphilip - hkg

Stay in Hilton Rotterdam and walk to central station cuz the architecture is huge and good for photo taking. Also station is close to China town and easy access to central shopping street. Remarkable structure in front entrance.

4. Rotterdam Zoo

Blijdorplaan 8, 3041 JG Rotterdam, The Netherlands +31 900 1857
Excellent
57%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Rotterdam Zoo

Reviewed By Frankstertrip

One of the nicest zoos I have ever visited. It houses a very wide gamut of species from all over the world. The Oceanium offers a spectacular underwater view due to its glass tunnel. The park is well laid out without any really 'caged' animals. Furthermore it is clean, well maintained and easy to reach by public transport and by car.

5. Arboretum Trompenburg

Honingerdijk 86, 3062 NX Rotterdam, The Netherlands +31 10 233 0166
Excellent
58%
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39%
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4.5 based on 173 reviews

Arboretum Trompenburg

This arboritum is an oasis for travelers to stroll or sit among trees, perennials and bulbs. These lovely Gardens feature a wide variety of plants including over 750 species of Hosta.

Reviewed By Citra Ayu W

We went here on weekend and it was amazingly quite. It was a really nice park. Recommended for everyone. It located not really far from the city center. Free parking in the weekend. They also have tea house where you can enjoy some coffee, tea, and some light lunch.

6. Markthal Rotterdam

Dominee Jan Scharpstraat 298, 3011 GZ Rotterdam, The Netherlands +31 30 234 6486
Excellent
55%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Markthal Rotterdam

Reviewed By RATMANDUDE - The Hague, The Netherlands

The markthal has great views and a nice selection of stalls and restaurants. There is also a large fruit stand. Also, pastries and ice cream stall are scattered around.

7. Fenix Food Factory

Veerlaan 19D, 3072 AN Rotterdam, The Netherlands 00000000000099999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
Excellent
56%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
6%
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4.5 based on 423 reviews

Fenix Food Factory

The Fenix Food Factory is the new place to experience, eat and buy proper food. You can go for your daily groceries: meat, chess, bread and veggies. But we also have special beers, ciders and freshly roasted coffee. Next to that we organize a lot of events and there always something to eat or drink. If it's sunny we have one of the best views of Rotterdam outside otherwise you can sit in our living room filled with vintage furniture.

Reviewed By Vladimir1998 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Located in an old harbor warehouse in a formerly shady area (red light district) of Rotterdam, Fenix Food Factory is basically a combination of food court and food market great for both visiting and having lunch or dinner (or even breakfast!).
First of all, it looks really great and just by entering the place you will see why. The building and the surroundings (especially the part next to the water) are ugly and industrial and the interior design, while being very trendy and stylish, blends very well with the industrial feel of the whole area. Inside, there is a small gift shop and a brewery (and I think also a wine place).
Besides this, most of the places are more of a market-type of places selling bread, cheese, vegetables and meat. There are a couple of places or so also serving food, one of which I ate at. It was called Rechtstreex and they had a few options of nice, interesting, healthy and cheap food. I ate melanzana and it was amazingly good and costed less than 6 euros.
The whole place is very cozy and you can sit at normal tables or on couches. There is very good wi-fi and I have found myself spending ~3-4 hours there working (there are some power outlets as well). Overall, it's a great place to chill, eat some great, cheap food, drink a Belgian beer and also buy some fresh groceries for home.

8. Theme Park Plaswijckpark

Ringdijk 20, 3053 KS Rotterdam, The Netherlands +31 10 418 1836
Excellent
52%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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4.5 based on 177 reviews

Theme Park Plaswijckpark

Reviewed By MamaCailin - London, United Kingdom

Our 6 and 4 year old loved Plaswijckpark. There is plenty of variety across the park - the water slide (although quite cold even on a sunny day), animals, Playgrounds and the stream area (their favourite). We brought a packed lunch because our kids like to eat every 10 mins but, besides the main cafe, the kiosks seemed to have limited snacks available. We spent the whole day here and it really is great value for money!

9. Het Park

Westzeedijk, 3029 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Excellent
50%
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42%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 212 reviews

Het Park

Reviewed By Roots2Wings - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Breathtaking picturesque beauty, and comes alive in summers. What a great place to walk around, spend some quiet time, take a break from city's hustle-bustle. You'll barely hear a sound from the city. Makes you feel cozy and is a short walk from public transport - thanks to its own tower 'the Euromast'. A good place not only to take your pets, but do a picnic or simply sit down with a book in your hand. Hosts a restaurant as well. The road next to Euromast also has Water Duckie and nearest Tram stop is a few steps away.

10. Erasmus Bridge

Erasmusbrug, 3072 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Excellent
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Erasmus Bridge

Considered an architectural work of art, Rotterdam's imposing bridge that is shaped like a harp soars over the largest harbor in Europe.

Reviewed By vickeyviking10 - National Capital Territory of Delhi, India

The last time I visited Rotterdam, back in 2012, I couldn't find time to visit Erasmusburg. This time I made sure I see this magnificent structure.
This bridge isn't very long but imposing nonetheless.
It was a snowy day but I nonetheless walked across the bridge and then walked back...just to have a feel. It was enjoyable to the core.
Standing on the frame you can have a good view of the city of Rotterdam.

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