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Best Places to Visit in Rotterdam

Planning to visit Rotterdam shortly? The text below can help you plan your visit.

It is not for nothing that Rotterdam has scored highly on all kinds of national and international “must-visit” lists for years. From the astonishing architecture and street art to the countless hotspots, few cities are as diverse as “Roffa.” Add to that the pleasant atmosphere, and you have all the ingredients for a successful city trip in your own country. With that said, here are the top 5 places to score delicious coffee, affordable accommodation, and the absolute not-to-be-missed places in the city! So, let’s get started.

5: Rotterdam Central Station

Why would you stay longer than necessary at the station, assuming you arrive in Rotterdam by train? To absorb the beauty of the building, of course! And Rotterdam Central Station holds a lot of beauty and complexity to comprehend. It was opened in 2014 by King Willem-Alexander and has since been one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city. Even though it was mainly meant to handle the growing number of passengers, fortunately, the focus was quickly transferred toward making it beautiful and functional. Therefore, the results are nothing short of worth watching. The striking shape is especially eye-catching. The large glass wall is aimed directly at the city, with abundant light pouring through the roof. All facilities (access to platforms, metro, underground bicycle sheds, etc.) have been well-thought-out so that the station is not only beautiful but also pleasantly functional.

4: Erasmus Bridge

On the fourth spot, we have the magnificent Erasmus Bridge standing tall like a beautiful swan right in the middle of the calm blue River Nieuwe Maas. It connects the northern and southern parts of Rotterdam over the Nieuwe Maas. The 802-meter bridge weighs a hefty 6800 tonnes and is tethered by 40 cables to a 139-meter-high steel pylon. The Colossus was designed by Ben van Berkel and delivered more than 20 years ago, in 1996, and has since played an essential role in the beautification of Rotterdam. A walk through the steel giant is something you should not miss while visiting Rotterdam, especially at night with the swan bathing in beautiful lights.

3: Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Fond of visual arts? Then you definitely shouldn’t miss a visit to the majestic Boijmans van Beuningen museum situated in the Museumpark. The magnificent building houses some legendary drawings of the world, including “Not to Be Reproduced,” “The Little Tower of Babel,” and “The Wayfarer.” Not only can you view and admire such rare art pieces here, but the premises around the building are also incredibly photogenic on the outside and worth a million selfies.

2: Wilhelmina Pier

The Wilhelmina Pier is located at the foot of the Erasmus Bridge and is one of the prettiest and most photogenic places on Rotterdam waters. It is a lively area, full of high-rise buildings (such as De Rotterdam by Remco Koolhaas or the World Port Center) and modern facilities such as a theater, hotels and there might be a few casinos as well. Or, if you are more into online casinos, you can read to choose a Dutch online casino to play your favorite slots while moving through the streets of Rotterdam. The wharf used to be the place where the adventurers started their journey to the USA. The pier has now become a symbol of emigration and struggle. Modernisation works are ongoing to accommodate even larger cruise ships that can visit the beautiful city of Rotterdam. You can still see a few yachts sailing on the calm Rotterdam waters.

1: Delfshaven

When you walk through the streets of Delfshaven, it seems as if you have arrived in a different city. This part of the city is practically the only one in all of Rotterdam to “survive” the bombing of the town in 1940. It, therefore, breathes an entirely different atmosphere than the rest of the city but is no less fun. It is bursting with lovely buildings, shops, and beer breweries. Besides, thanks to the classic buildings behind, it’s incredibly photogenic, and you would surely be able to capture quite a few DPs around in the area. 

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