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Best things to do in Rotterdam

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Art Museum
“It’s an art museum in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. It is located at the Museumpark in the district Rotterdam Centrum, close to the Kunsthal and the Natural History Museum. The museum opened in 1849. It houses the collections of Frans Jacob Otto Boijmans (1767–1847) and Daniël George van Beuningen (1877–1955). In the collection, ranging from medieval to contemporary art, are works of Rembrandt, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Salvador Dalí.”
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Restaurant
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“This street has many restaurants and bars and is one of the most lively places to hang out, especially on the weekends.”
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Art Museum
“This building was designed bij the most famous architect of Rotterdam: Rem Koolhaas. They don’t have permanent collection, but it’s always nice to see what’s on. ”
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Hotel
“The Hotel New York on the Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam is a hotel, located in the former management building of the Holland-America Line”
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Farmers Market
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“Fresh food and craftsmanship on Katendrecht. A culinary hotbed; a place to go shopping, learn how products are made and to experience craftsmanship. (Closed on Mondays.)”
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Scenic Viewpoint
“Possibly the pretiest park in town. Nice lunch villa (Parqiet), of course Euromast for superb views, and Villa Parkzicht: now hosting a trashy chique restaurant (Harbour club) but it used to be the birth place of Rotterdam House in the 90's!”
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Bridge
“The 800 meter long Erasmus Bridge is the connection between the northern and southern part of Rotterdam. The suspension bridge over the Maas has a 139-meter-high steel pylon, which is mounted with 40 taps. The shape of the pylon gave the bridge the nickname De Zwaan. The Erasmus Bridge is the icon of the city of Rotterdam.”
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Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant
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“On 10 minutes distance is one of the most beautiful zoo's in the Netherlands, the Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo, which was opened in 1857. It also has a large aquarium and several indoor and outdoor playgrounds for kids.”
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Building
“The Kijk-Kubus (Show-Cube) is a furnished museum house, specially designed and constructed to let the visitor experience what life is like in a Cube House. ”
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Market
“The Markthal is one of the famous spots in Rotterdam. Here you can find anything you wish for with regards to foods. If you take the metro from Coolhaven (metro A,B and C work) to Blaak you'll find the iconic building on your left hand side when exiting the station. After going shopping here you can continue to wander through the city center.”
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Shopping Centre
“This new and iconic building is special because of the design and the fact that you can shop there for wonderful food.”
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Recreation Center
“The Kralingse Bos is a wooded park that surrounds the Kralingse Park lake. The park is popular with joggers and inline skaters. On and around the lake, you can sail, swim, or just relax in the sun beside your barbecue.”
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Scenic Viewpoint
“Tower from which you can look all over Rotterdam (you can actually see it when you stand outside on the 's-Gravendijkwal, direction South.”
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Market
“The Markthal in the center of Rotterdam is a covered market hall with many restaurants and market stalls under the most beautiful ceiling in the city. ”
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Lake
“Versatile forest with beach pool, for rest and recreation Barbecuing at the beach, to the De Kraal petting zoo, running around for pee: there is no Rotterdammer who does not enjoy the Kralingse Bos. It is a versatile recreational area that received the prize for best outdoor space in the Netherlands in 2007. Peace and quiet The outer ring is wooded and peaceful. In the area between the Manege Kralingen and the golf course you will find quiet paths under tall old trees. There are also few people between the deer park and the children's farm. Here you can hear the woodpecker hammering and the pheasants run through the undergrowth. Do you like romance? Then take a walk in the twilight over the bridges towards the windmills De Lelie and De Ster. These are the only working snuff and spice mill in the Netherlands.”
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Boat or Ferry
“You get to see some amazing parts of the Port of Rotterdam, and there are a choice of tours for all budgets and tastes.”
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