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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.”
114 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This is the street where a lot of night life begins for lots of people. People come here to chill after work at 5pm, get a bite to eat at 7pm, or start their night out at 10pm. Take your pick. It's a leisurely 15 minute walk from my place, or if you're lazy, take tram 4, 7, 11 from central station.”
162 locals recommend
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. ”
94 locals recommend
Hotel
“The Hotel New York on the Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam is a hotel, located in the former management building of the Holland-America Line”
135 locals recommend
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.)”
130 locals recommend
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!”
101 locals recommend
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.”
69 locals recommend
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.”
71 locals recommend
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. ”
70 locals recommend
Market
“The Markthal (English: Market Hall) is a residential and office building with a market hall underneath, located in Rotterdam. The building was opened on October 1, 2014, by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.Besides the large market hall, the complex houses 228 apartments, 4600 m2 retail space, 1600 m2 horeca and an underground 4-storey parking garage with a capacity of 1200+ cars.”
63 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This new and iconic building is special because of the design and the fact that you can shop there for wonderful food.”
82 locals recommend
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.”
67 locals recommend
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.”
48 locals recommend
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. ”
43 locals recommend
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.”
68 locals recommend
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.”
60 locals recommend