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Rotterdam (map) is a city in the province of South Holland (40 minutes from Amsterdam by train). The city is the second largest in the country.
The centre of Rotterdam was almost completely destroyed by the Luftwaffe. Since then many relatively high buildings (for Dutch standards) have been emerging throughout and around the city centre. Daring and new styles of apartments, office buildings and recreation facilities resulted in Rotterdam becoming a city of modern architecture and the only city in the Netherlands with a modern skyline.
And yes, the city is not the cosiest, or the most picturesque of towns, especially on drab winter days. But get acquainted with this small metropolis, easiest done on one of the festival days with nice weather.
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Kubuswoningen (Cube Houses, map). These houses, designed by Dutch architect Piet Blom, are literally cubes, tilted over by 45 degrees. Oude Haven (map). The Old Harbour is a nice place to see and sit at some café nearby.
Het Schielandshuis (map). This is the only remaining 17th-century building in the city center of Rotterdam. It was once the place where French emperor Napoleon stayed, visiting his troops when they occupied the Netherlands.
Delfshaven (map). It is one of very few locations in the city which survived WWII bombings. Easily accessible by metro (station of the same name), historic Delfshaven is a very scenic walk.
Chinatown (map). A massive chinatown, full of chinese restuarants but also indonesian and other Asian restuarants.
Rotterdam has only seven windmills left. Of these, only De Ster and De Lelie are open to visitors on a regular basis. Other windmills are open to visitors when the mill is turning (easy enough to see), but there are some exceptions to this rule of thumb. A blue flag also indicates that the mill is open to visitors.
The closest good beach is about 30 km away at Hook of Holland (map). Here you will find a very fine sand beach with good swimming and enough entertainment. For a more urban-party beach experience head to Scheveningen (map) where you can find everything beach-party addicts dream about.
Summer Carnival (ZOMERCARNAVAL). A huge Caribbean-oriented parade and party in the city centre.
#1 The Hague
The heart of the city contains most of the historic architecture from the medieval, renaissance, and Baroque periods and is easily accessible on foot.
#2 Visit Haarlem
Haarlem, located just 20 km from Amsterdam. It proudly showcases a magnificent old center adorned with numerous monumental buildings.
• Public transport.
Information about all types of public transport.
RET – Transport in Rotterdam
OV Reisplanner – All public transport companies. All public transport in the Netherlands (buses, trams, metros and trains) use contactless smart cards called ⇒ OV-chipkaart
⇒ Also сheck оut мore info: Public transport in the Netherlands (holland.com)
BUS: Flixbus • Connexxion • Arriva • Qbuzz
TRAIN: Information about trains can be found at the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS, Dutch Railways) + NS — International App, which includes a trip planner which uses the latest information about train delays and detours.
AIRPORT: Rotterdam The Hague Airport. It is the 3rd largest airport in the country. It is 6 km north of the city centre.
FERRY: P&O Ferries has a daily overnight sailing from *Kingston Upon Hull (map) to Rotterdam Europoort. From Rotterdam Europoort P&O Ferries operates a shuttle bus service that takes you to the city center of Rotterdam. + StenaLine • DFDS Seaways
CYCLING: routiq.com – Route planner. The best online routeplanner for cyclists can be found at a wikiplanner made by volunteers of the Dutch cyclist union “Fietsersbond”.
Best Things to do in Rotterdam, Netherlands – Travel Guide.
Rotterdam is one of the oldest Dutch cities, founded in the mid-13th century. It has a long and varied history, including a period as a center of trade and industry. Today, it is known for its art scene and modern architecture. The city is home to the Erasmus Bridge, the tallest bridge in the Netherlands, and the Markthal, an iconic covered market with a distinctive curved roof. There are also many parks and green spaces in Rotterdam, making it a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
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• Useful websites.
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