3. Rotterdam, Netherlands

Why Rotterdam, Netherlands

This city was bombed by the Germans in World War II, but its been completely rebuilt, so its worth seeing. The architecture is amazing and somewhat interesting on this seaside town with one of the largest ports in Europe. Most people head to Amsterdam which has its charm, but next time head to Rotterdam.

Rotterdam, Netherlands - Rotterdam Architecture

Rotterdam, Netherlands – Rotterdam Architecture


Rotterdam is located just about an hour’s drive southwest of Amsterdam just southeast of The Hague.

Rotterdam, Netherlands - Cube Houses

Rotterdam, Netherlands – Cube Houses


Rotterdam, Netherlands - Delfshaven

Rotterdam, Netherlands – Delfshaven

How To Get Here

You can get here by car of course, train and airplane.


You can take a train from Amsterdam as well as several other European cities. Here are some train services to use:

  1. Eurostar
  2. Intercity Direct – Local Netherlands train; its only 30 minutes from Amsterdam and 26 minutes from Amsterdam Schipol International Airport
  3. RailEurope
  4. SNCB Europe

The trains will take you right into the center of the city; from there you can walk or take a tram to where you are staying.

Rotterdam, Netherlands - Rotterdam Centraal Station

Rotterdam, Netherlands – Rotterdam Centraal Station


Rotterdam, Netherlands - Trams

Rotterdam, Netherlands – Trams


The main airport is Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM). At one point in the past, it used to be served by The Netherlands national airline KLM. They actually flew Fokker 50s into there, but no longer . Now, it is one of the operation hubs of Dutch carrier Transavia with flights all over Europe. You still cannot fly to/from Amsterdam though.

If you wish to fly into this airport, you have to do so from other European destinations.

Here is a list of the places from which you can fly into Rotterdam and on which airlines:

  1. Alicante, Spain (ALC) – Transavia (HV)
  2. Barcelona, Spain (BCN) – Transavia (HV)
  3. Barcelona, Spain (BCN) – Vueling (VY)
  4. Berlin-Schönefeld, Germany (SXF) – Transavia (HV)
  5. Birmingham, England (BHX) – flybe. (BE)
  6. Brussels, Belgium (BRU) – AccessRail (9B)
  7. Budapest, Hungary (BUD) – Transavia (HV)
  8. Chambéry-Savoie (CMF) – Transavia (HV)
  9. Faro (FAO) – Transavia (HV)
  10. Geneva, Switzerland (GVA) – Transavia (HV)
  11. Gerona, Spain (GRO) – Transavia (HV)
  12. Grenoble, France (GNB) – Transavia (HV)
  13. Ibiza (IBZ) – Transavia (HV)
  14. Innsbruck, Austria (INN) – Transavia (HV)
  15. Gran Canaria (LPA) – Transavia (HV)
  16. London-London City, England (LCY) – British Airways (BA), CityJet (WX)
  17. Malaga, Spain (AGP) – Transavia (HV)
  18. Manchester, England (MAN) – flybe. (BE)
  19. Montpellier, France (MPL) – Transavia (HV)
  20. Munich, Germany (MUC) – BMI Regional (BM)
  21. Palma de Mallorca, Spain (PMI) – Transavia (HV)
  22. Rome-Fiumicino, Italy (FCO) – Transavia (HV)
  23. Salzburg, Austria (SZG) – Transavia (HV)
  24. Split, Croatia (SPU) – Transavia (HV)
  25. Tenerife–South (TFS) – Transavia (HV)
  26. Toulon–Hyères (TLN) – Transavia (HV)
  27. Vienna, Austria (VIE) – Transavia (HV)

Where To Stay

You can find many different hotels with differing standards. Here are some of the hotels in the area:

  1. CitizenM Rotterdam
  2. Hilton Rotterdam
  3. Holiday Inn Express Rotterdam Central Station
  4. Hotel Bazaar
  5. Maritime Hotel
  6. Marriott Hotel Rotterdam
  7. NH Atlanta Rotterdam
  8. Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark
Rotterdam, Netherlands - Bathtub at the Hotel Bazaar

Rotterdam, Netherlands – Bathtub at the Hotel Bazaar

You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

Where To Eat

There are many restaurants all around Rotterdam, just follow your nose. In addition, there are weekend markets to check out as well.

Rotterdam, Netherlands - Restaurants

Rotterdam, Netherlands – Restaurants

Check out DePelgrim Rotterdam; they make really good craft beer and is also a restaurant. It is easily accessible by train from Rotterdam Central.

Rotterdam, Netherlands - DePelgrim

Rotterdam, Netherlands – DePelgrim

Also the Izkaya Restaurant and Bar.

Rotterdam, Netherlands - Iskaya Restaurant

Rotterdam, Netherlands – Iskaya Restaurant

What To Do

There is no shortage of things to do in Rotterdam. You won’t be able to see them all I’m sure, but then it means you can return at a later date, right?

  1. There is the flower show in April/May at the Keukenhoff Gardens
  2. The Erasmus bridge
  3. The Dutch Coastline Tour By Plane
  4. The Harbor City Tour By Plane
  5. Rotterdam Zoo
  6. The SS Rotterdam which is actually a hotel
Rotterdam, Netherlands - Erasmus Bridge

Rotterdam, Netherlands – Erasmus Bridge

You may also check Viator for additional things to do.


Rotterdam has a number of museums and art pieces around the city. They are varied and interesting:

  1. Kabuter buttplug art piece in the city
  2. Museums of Rotterdam
Rotterdam, Netherlands - Museum

Rotterdam, Netherlands – Museum

Additional Information

Language: Dutch. English is widely spoken.

Currency: Euros (EUR)

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  1. I have such fond memories of Rotterdam. People always mention Amsterdam and sometimes The Hague but rarely Utrecht, Delft, Maastricht or Rotterdam. All are very neat cities to visit in the Netherlands. I did most of my discovery of these places by bike when i was 20 with 3 other crazy friends of mine!! Some of my best memories. Thanks for helping me revisit them.

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