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Quick Guide to Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Updated on March 15, 2019
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is one of the finest museums in Europe. There's a permanent collection with works from all periods of Dutch and European art, including the Old Masters. Some highlights are "De Zondvloed" by Jheronimus Bosch, "De drie Maria's aan het graf" by Van Eyck, "De Toren van Babel" by Pieter Bruegel, and "Titus aan de Lezenaar" by Rembrandt.

The museum also has a fine collection of surrealistic art, with works from Duchamp, Margritte and Man Ray.

The museum has a good café and a fine sculpture garden.

Address: Museumpark 18-20

Telephone: +31 10 441 94 00

Fenix Food Factory Rotterdam
Fenix Food Factory Rotterdam

Katendrecht for Foodies

This trendy place where foodies come together was once the infamous prostitution zone of Rotterdam. This change This transformation was mainly possible because of the collective initiative Fenix Food Factory. All products in this former warehouse are produced locally and are soled by a mix of entrepreneurs, all leaving their mark on the local food scene.

You'll find Cheese, Cider, Coffee, Beer, Fruits and Veggies and a bar which is open until 23:00.

Address: Veerlaan 19D

Telephone: +31 6 46136799

Euromast Rotterdam
Euromast Rotterdam

Euromast Rotterdam

The Euromast is 185 meters high and was built in 1960. The tower gives an unparalleled 360 degrees view over Rotterdam from the observation-platform at a hight of 100 meters. You can enjoy lunch, a high tea or a high wine in the brasserie.

During Summer it's possible to rappel from the tower and there's even a possibilty to spent the night here in one of the two suites.

Address: Parkhaven 20

Tip !

The Erasmusbrug is the ultimate symbol of Rotterdam. Because of it's gracious style it obtained the nickname "The Swan". Walk the 800 meters over the River Maas in the evening, the bridge has fabulous lights then !

Hotel New York Rotterdam
Hotel New York Rotterdam

Hotel New York

The former headquarters of the Holland-America Line (HAL) offers a splendid view on the "Kop van Zuid" area, amazing dinner option (including an oyster-bar), a hairdresser and water-taxi transporting people over the Nieuwe Maas to the center of the city.

The rooms in the hotel look authentic, but have been renovated thoroughly. The style ranges from standard to special, like old boardrooms with fire places and wooden accents.

Address: Koninginnenhoofd 1

Telephone: +31 10 439 0500

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art Rotterdam
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art Rotterdam

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art

The Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, founded in 1990, follows worldwide developments in Contemporary Art. The experimental exhibitions, installations and events have a sharp social and political focus and the Center is known as a stepping stone for new talent.

Every Friday evening a Art-Evening is organized. Besides free admission there's a guided tour starting at 19:00.

Address: Witte de Withstraat 50

Telephone: +31 10 411 01 44

Delfshaven Rotterdam
Delfshaven Rotterdam

Delfshaven Rotterdam

Only 3 kilometers south of the center of Rotterdam you can find Delfshaven, once the official sea-harbor for the city of Delft. Delfshaven survived World War II undamaged and has managed to maintain the atmosphere of a small village.

Besides many historical sites you can visit the brewery or one of the many art galleries located in beautiful historical buildings. It's easy to reach Delfshaven by foot, bicycle, trams 4 or 8, or by subway in the direction of station Delfshaven.

Santa Claus Sculpture by Paul McCarthy Rotterdam
Santa Claus Sculpture by Paul McCarthy Rotterdam

Street Art Rotterdam

Rotterdam is not only a gallery of architectural highlights: the streets are also full of art. More than 60 sculptures are spread throughout the city, and every year more are added.

Many are from renown artist, like Paul McCarthy's Santa Claus from 2001 (you find at at the Eendrachtsplein) and Picasso's concrete sculpture Sylvette from 1970 (Westersingel), which he designed together with the Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar.

Van Nelle Factory Rotterdam
Van Nelle Factory Rotterdam

Visit The Van Nelle Factory

This "palace of glass" is a former coffee, tea and tobacco factory. Built between 1925 and 1931. this is a real 20th century icon. Today the building is packed with designs-studio's and although the venue is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, it's closed for the public.

You can book a 75-minutes tour with the Urban Guides though.

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen:
Museumpark 18, 3015 CX Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Witte de With Contemporary Art Center:
Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Fenix Food Market:
Veerlaan 19D, 3011 BN Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Parkhaven 20, 3015 GE Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Hotel New York:
Koninginnenhoofd 1, 3072 AD Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Van Nelle Factory:
3044 Rotterdam, Netherlands

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Jeremy East


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    • henk108 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeremy East 

      2 years ago from Vilnius, Lithuania

      Hi Liz ! World Harbour Day is indeed one of the best events in Rotterdam, I also loved go to go.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      Several years ago we enjoyed lunch in Euromast. It was World Harbour Day so there was a lot going on. Your article reminds me that there's a lot more of Rotterdam for me to visit.


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