The Manhattan on the Meuse
Netherlands’ second city, known for its innovation to create a modern metropolis, with cutting-edge design and contemporary characteristics evident around every corner.
The city’s world-class architecture and urban design is moulded by innovation and sustainability and has shaped the physical form of the modern city to accommodate this.
Projects such as the reimagining of the former docklands at Kop van Zuid (South Bank), home to the iconic De Rotterdam tower; the magnificent Centraal Station redevelopment; the iconic Erasmus Bridge; and the utterly unique Markthal (Market Hall) make exploring in Rotterdam both eye-opening and hugely enjoyable.
Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe. Delve into the water-related action, with a slew of graceful, architect-designed bridges; bargain-priced watertaxis; or explore picturesque inner-city canals. Take a boat tour or board a fast ferry to visit nearby destinations including Dordrecht and Kinderdijk.
The ultimate arts and culture street in Rotterdam, known for its artistic, multicultural and lively character. Running from the Maritime Museum to the Museumpark and is lined with galleries, avantgarde fashion boutiques, restaurants and (art) cafés.
boasting an extraordinary collection of objects, ranging from costumes to tiles and from packaging to sculptures. Each has something to add about the city of Rotterdam. The objects are split up into three exhibitions: inhabitants, history and reconstruction.
Tours & Attractions
There are all sorts of ways to explore and experience Nieuwe Maas River and ports. Go on a tour with Spido, one of Rotterdam’s biggest attractions. The Port of Rotterdam tour gives visitors a short but powerful impression of Rotterdam’s container ports. The route also passes sights like the Hotel New York, the Euromast, and the ss Rotterdam.
This observation tower was constructed in 1960, with an inner diameter of 9 metres and its floor 96 metres above the ground. Board the elevator, and in just 30 seconds stand the observation deck and brasserie restaurant. Feeling adventurous? Visitors can also opt to abseil to the ground, under the guidance of a professional.
The former flagship of the Holland-America Line, boasting a wealth of history. The steamship was built in Rotterdam, returning to its home port in 2008 after many voyages and nautical miles. Since then, it has been moored at the tip of the Katendrecht peninsula. It’s used as a hotel, restaurant and events venue.
Designed to build a kind of village within the city – the vision is that the houses are trees and the whole area is a forest. The Cube Houses are tipped to one side, with three sides face the ground and three face the sky.
An indoor market hall hosting shops and various restaurants, with a supermarket and a four-storey car park situated below. As you wander amongst the market stands, look up to enjoy the massive artwork sprawled across the ceiling.
An indoor Food Market where visitors can taste local and international cuisine in hundreds of stalls from some local and more famous names such as El Bali, Le Perron or Monsieur Saucisson.
Discover More Dutch Destinations
There is much more to see in the Netherlands. Learn more about our other destinations.