Visit Rotterdam: Six top attractions | Private jet charter
This vibrant Dutch city, named after the dam over the River Rotte, is the second largest city in the Netherlands and is Europe’s largest port. Rotterdam has an architectural mix alongside an eclectic bar and restaurant scene, abundant nightlife, urban beaches and world-class museums.
The old port area of Delfshaven on the right bank of the river Nieuwe Maas boasts much historical pre-20th century architecture. Many of the narrow dockland buildings originate from the 17th century with their gabled roofs. There’s a reconstruction of an ancient windmill here as well as many cafes and restaurants in which to sit and enjoy the views and savour local cuisine.
Designed by MVRDV architects, Rotterdam’s unique grey stone Markthal is a giant horse-shoe shape and most known for its ceiling artwork featuring fruits, vegetables and other produce. Created by artist Arno Coenen, the installation is the size of two football fields and created from 4,000 brightly coloured tiles. Browse amongst 80+ market stalls on the ground floor and shops inside this iconic apartment building that also houses restaurants, a supermarket and underground parking.
For panoramic views of the Rotterdam skyline, head for the Euromast tower. This 185m/607ft tall icon remains a modern landmark in Rotterdam and boasts a restaurant and a hotel. Visitors are transported to the top via a space-ride simulator.
Home to seven exhibition spaces, an auditorium and a café, Rotterdam’s Kunsthal lies in the Museumpark area. Highly regarded for its eclectic range of exhibitions, the Kunsthal shows photography, fashion, design and more. Local architects OMA designed the iconic space next to a dyke embankment.
The beauty of Rotterdam is its proximity to the ocean and some great beaches. Head to the artificial sandy beach of Erasmus Bridge, popular with tourists and locals. Boompjeskade beach lies on the banks of the Nieuwe Maas, and there’s a great sandy beach at Hoek van Holland, and even farther out at Oostvoorne or Renesse.
Should your senses yearn for greenery and relaxation then you’ll find it in the 17 acres of the Arboretum Trompenburg. Wander among the hundreds of varieties of shrubs and trees and stop at the famous teahouse for refreshments. Trams 21 and 24 stop right outside the arboretum which is open all-year round.
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