Rotterdam is a municipality in the Netherlands. After Amsterdam; Rotterdam is the second-largest city of the Netherlands on the new Eurostar direct link from London, located in the South Holland province.
Rotterdam is almost as famous and loved as Amsterdam. Rotterdam is Netherland’s one of the most well-known cities that comes up with its rich architecture and immense harbor. The history of the city is complex and filled with frightening, magical significance among many other things.
Keep reading to discover the 11 Best Places to Visit in Rotterdam (Netherlands).
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1. The Euromast
“Tower of Euromast” it’s one of the most wonderful landmarks in Rotterdam, lies at the north entrance to the Maastunnel. The 185-meter-high tower and it is the tallest building in Rotterdam.
Euromast Tower was erected in 1960 currently it houses two restaurants with panoramic views over the city, each at the 92-meter mark.
2. Museum Van Boijmans Beuningen
Along with being one of the Netherlands (And Europe’s) oldest museums; Museum —Boijmans Van Beuningen— is also one of the finest galleries of Europe, replete with an impressive collection of European and Dutch painting from the Middle Ages to the 21st century painted by famous painters such as; Van Gogh,
Moent, Rembrandt, Mondrian, Magritte, and a dedicated Dalí Exhibition Room, which is one of the largest works of Dalí outside of France and Spain.
3. Erasmus Bridge
Due to its engrossing shape, the bridge is named “The Swan”. In 1996, the Erasmus bridge was designed by Ben Van Berkel in Rotterdam; provides a fascinating look into the city. It is built across the River Maas, 80 meters long bridge that has become the symbol of the Rotterdam.
Address: 3011 BN Rotterdam, Netherlands
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4. Van Nelle Factory
In 2014, the factory was included in the World Heritage List and is an icon of 20th-century industrial architecture. It is a former manufacturer of coffee, tea, and tobacco were built in Rotterdam, the Netherlands between 1925 and 1931 when it was a modernist tour de force.
The building of the Schieblock office in Rotterdam was transformed and redeveloped by the ZUS Architectural Firm after it had been left vacant for years.
It is now styled as an ‘urban laboratory’, comprises over 50 small businesses including; architectural studios and furniture designers such as Fabrique Urbaine.
Address: Schiekade 189, 3013 BR Rotterdam, Netherlands
6. The Cube Houses
The 38 cube-shaped houses standout amongst the most well-known spots to visit in Rotterdam. The interesting architecture of cube houses in Rotterdam is doesn’t seem like there are that many. But there are actually 38 of them displaying one of the most outrageous examples.
They were built between 1982 and 198, most of them are privately owned, nonetheless one of the houses is open for visitors on a daily basis.
Entrance Fees: €2,00 p.p
Opening Hours: Daily From 10:00 to 18:00
7. Laurenskerk Church
During the famous bombardment in Rotterdam, the fire spread on Laurenskerk Church and the destruction was huge. Few people advised to demolish the whole church but Adolf Hitler forbade it. He left the church as a protected monument.
Therefore, the building of Laurenskerk is only left of the Medieval center of Rotterdam. It was the first stone building, constructed between 1449 and 1525, and it is still the biggest church in Rotterdam.
Entrance Fees: Free
8. Markthal Rotterdam
Markthal is the Netherlands’ first impressive indoor market, that houses over 100 stalls selling different fresh products, as well as there are restaurants and cooking classes.
The building of Markthal is designed by MVRDV in a way that it adds to Rotterdam city’s oeuvre of modern architecture.
Moreover, it consists of a 40m-tall arc full of residential apartments that cover the market square.
Entrance Fees: Free
9. Café LaBru
LaBru is generally a spot of attraction in Rotterdam for a hipster crowd who comes to taste their way through an impressive top-notch gins selection with a menu of Matching Tonics. Friendly bartenders get the drink ready according to the desire of guests.
Entrance Fees: Free
10. Town Hall (Stadhuis)
Built between 1914 and 1920, in Dutch Renaissance style is the centerpiece of Coolsingel. It is located on the main street “Coolsingel” at Rotterdam’s City Center. It is one of the miraculously escaped destruction in the World War II bombing.
Tourists can not visit the richly decorated interior on their own, but tours are available there, which can be booked through the tourist office.
On the opposite of the Town Hall is a war memorial is situated designed by Mari Andriessen in the busy Stadhuisplein.
Moreover, the other Coolsingel highlights include a high-rise building with a facade of greenish-blue glass known as the World Trade Center and the Bijenkorf department store. The fronting Bijenkorf is the 26-meter-high work of sculpture, Constructed in Rotterdam in 1957, a French sculptor of Russian origin named Naum Gabo.
Entrance Fees: Free
11. Kinderdijk’s Windmills
Just 23 kilometers away from Rotterdam city, locates a beautiful little village of Kinderdijk on the bank of River Noord. It is one of the most visited places in the Netherlands, the name was decided by a famous legend who described a baby cradle being stranded during the St. Elizabeth’s Day flood of 1421.
The 19 windmills have been perfectly preserved since the 18th-century, built between 1722 and 1761, and also designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kindedijk together comprises the Netherlands’s largest surviving concentration of windmills, its historic day is celebrated during special Mill Days, whenever the sails of windmills are set in motion.
Ticket Fees: € 9.00