A perfect blend of the past and the contemporary
So, you’re considering heading to Rotterdam? Well, I think you’re making a fantastic decision. I feel Rotterdam is so often overlooked with a preference for Amsterdam, and I say that because we did that exact thing.
Don’t get me wrong; I loved our time in Amsterdam.
However, if you’re looking for a similar Dutch experience that’s slightly calmer, has plenty of charm, and perhaps not so many canals, then Rotterdam is for you.
We headed to Rotterdam for the Traverse18 conference and decided it was a perfect opportunity to explore the city in more depth, so we decided to add a couple of days to the trip.
What to see in Rotterdam
Here you can head along the canals that branch off the harbour.
However, one of Rotterdam’s few surviving buildings from the Second World War bombing campaign is the White House.
Where is Rotterdam?
How to get to Rotterdam
- By Train
You can catch a train to Rotterdam Central. Direct services from London takes as little as 3hr 16min.
- By Air
Rotterdam is served by the 'Rotterdam The Hague Airport' (RTM) which is around 5 miles/ 7.5 km from the centre of Rotterdam.
- By Car
Like many European cities, Rotterdam has emission restrictions; for more information, check out the 'Urban Access Regulations in Europe' site. Our experience of driving in Rotterdam is easy enough, but we would recommend the Waze App to ensure you have the latest updates and traffic restrictions for your journey.
If you're thinking of heading of to the land of tulips and cheese, then grab this DK Eyewitness guide to help with your planning.
I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
Where to stay in Rotterdam
Wander to the Maritime Museum Harbour and take a stroll around the exhibits outside.
You’ll feel like you’ve walked into an old working port.
The striking red cast iron lighthouse once stood at the Hook of Holland.
A Dutch Road Trip
Please take a peek at the offers at Rental Cars; they cover all budgets and allow you to pick up and drop off at different destinations.
It now stands 185 metres tall, after the Space Tower was added in 1970.
If heights are your thing, catch the lift that takes just 30 seconds to transport you up to the observation deck, at around 100 metres above ground level.
Mmmmm, apple pie and cream.
We sort of came across Dudok café in Het Park by accident.
We wanted a coffee break and noticed “Dudok’s” renowned apple pie.
We thought it would be rude not to give it a try, obviously for research purposes, you understand.
It was very nice; I wouldn’t mind a slice now.
* This post may contain links to affiliated sites where we earn a small commission at no additional charge to you.