Rotterdam was an absolutely lovely surprise! There was loads to do there and we enjoyed exploring. 2 days was just enough to see all of the main sites, but I would have liked an extra day! We visited in early July and the crowds weren’t too bad at all (many prefer to visit Amsterdam instead) and the weather was gorgeous!
Our highlights were:
Just outside of Rotterdam is the Kinderdijk windmill site. You can get there by short boat on ferry line 20 from the Erasmusbrug stop. You can buy your tickets on board using the tablet or by asking the attendant (we managed to order the wrong ones on the tablet so just ask to buy one from the attendant when they ask to see your ticket!) The boat drops you at a pier just a short walk from the main site.
You can then choose to walk or bike around the site. We chose to bike…which ended in disaster as I fell off and was bleeding for the rest of the day. My elbow still hurts today 6 months later, but the windmills were worth it!
TWO. Oudehaven and The Cube Houses
This area was lovely to stroll around. There is a Markthal just round the corner which serves all kind of food and is decorated with cool graffiti. Then in the harbour itself are lots of nice restaurants and bars, one of which gives this cool view! Just off of this harbour are the cube houses – absolutely bizarre structures which I just didn’t get!
THREE. Het Park and the Euromast
Het Park was nice to walk around and chill on the grass in the sunshine. Within Het Park is the Euromast which provides 360 views out across Rotterdam! The queues for the lift to go up weren’t too bad (about 5 minutes) and I spent around 30 minutes at the top taking it all in.
The best of the rest in Rotterdam
- Erasmusbrug – we loved this massive bridge and it was cool to walk over and look at the architecture
- Hotel New York – Hotel New York is situated in the former head office of the Holland Amerika Line on the ‘Kop van Zuid’ in Rotterdam. From here, thousands of emigrants left for North America, hoping for a better life. It’s now a hotel, restaurant and bar and was a great place to sit and watch the boats come in. It’s on the opposite side of the Erasmusbrug so is a good stop if you’re crossing it, then heading back to the main centre.
- Watertaxis – we actually crossed back using a watertaxi, rather than going back over the Bridge. They are so much fun and you can board them all along the river. You pay for the number of stops you’re going, and they are basically like speedboats. We boarded at the Hotel New York stop and did a little round route back to the opposite side of the river.
- Markthal – over near the Cube Houses is The Markthal. It has all kinds of foods, from healthy fruit pots for breakfast, to smoothies, to cheese to take home. It’s well worth a look around.
- Miniversum – a holiday staple for us as you’ll know if you’ve read my other blog posts. This is a miniature model exhibition of the world. We’ve been to Miniversums in Hungary, New York, Belgium, London…but this was right up there – there was even a whole basement dedicated to the UK!
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you’re planning to visit Rotterdam, have any questions, or what you thought of Rotterdam yourself in the comments below. I’ll leave you with me in a clog…..!