Rotterdam Vacations

Rotterdam is a vibrant, energetic city featuring first-rate cultural attractions and boisterous bars and clubs. The city, located in the west of The Netherlands, lies at the heart of a maze of rivers and artificial waterways that form the outlet of the rivers Rijn (Rhine) and Maas (Meuse). Its port is the largest in Europe. Today Rotterdam is known ... Read more
as a city of architecture. Its city center offers a comprehensive overview of the twentieth century's finest modern architecture. In addition to this, a proliferation of art, and a surge of drinking, dining, and nightlife venues have made Rotterdam one of Europe's most exhilarating cities at the moment.

Rotterdam places to stay and top hotels

Rotterdam things to do and experiences

  • Erasmusbrug
    8.925 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Bridge
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  • Markthal
    9.218 reviews
    Shopping, Market
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  • Euromast
    8.617 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Outdoors, Scenic Lookout
    Popular withAdventureFamilies
  • Cube Houses
    8.415 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Landmark
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Top Rotterdam restaurants

  • Vapiano
    8.911 reviews
    Italian, Pizza
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  • De IJsmaker
    10.02 reviews
    Ice Cream and Desserts
    Popular withTrendstersFoodies
  • Happy Italy
    9.06 reviews
    Italian, Pizza
    Popular withFoodiesStudents
  • Bas Bakt
    9.02 reviews
    Bakery, Coffee and Tea
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Rotterdam reviews & trip reports

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    Family Travelers
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Los Angeles, California, USA

The Netherlands anti-Amsterdam, this modern city lacks the historical buildings of Amsterdam, but shows off the future of the Netherlands.

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Pittsford (town), New York

This is a very nice major port city in the Dutch province of South Holland. Most of the buildings were destroyed in WWII and is more modern so there are not as many tourists here, less bicycles too. We like this city because it is easy to get around here and around the country.

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Maracanaú, Ceara, Brazil

If you enjoy a good architecture you can love to see the beautiful Erasmusbrug bridge

Local from Rotterdam

Great food at Azura, asian cuisine. Great atmosphere and food that you will remember.

Recommended for:Foodies

The Rotterdam blitz was the aerial bombardments of Rotterdam by the Luftwaffe the German air force on 14 May 1940. The objective was to support the German troops and break the Dutch resistance. The bombardment destroyed almost the entire historic city centre, killing nearly 900 people and making 85000 others homeless. Perhaps a strange beginning of a description about the city of Rotterdam. But it is necessary to understand why it’s the most modern city in Netherlands in terms of architecture. Simply because they had to build up the city again due to the bombardment of 1940. The city of Rotterdam is also known for the Erasmus University, riverside setting, lively cultural live and its maritime heritage. A varied architectural landscape including sky-scrapers, which are an uncommon sight in other Dutch cities.
The port of Rotterdam is the largest cargo port in Europe and the 10th largest in the world. Fortunately, a number of areas escapes the bombardment. Delfshaven (Deft Harbour) is such a neighbourhood that you definitely must visit in Rotterdam.

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Florianópolis, Brasil

Great town, went back this year and had the chance to walk around this city.Their new Food Hall (Markt Hall) it`s one of the best architecture buildings i`ve seen in my life. Take a day from Amsterdam and visit this town.

Colonia Tovar

Rotterdam is a city in South Holland, the Netherlands, located geographically within the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt river delta at the North Sea. Its history goes back to 1270 when a dam was constructed in the Rotte river and people settled around it for safety. In 1340 Rotterdam was granted city rights by the Count of Holland and slowly grew into a major logistic and economic centre.

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This is a wonderful city. Bicycles everywhere. I feel like I'm home even when I go outside :)

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If you think all of Holland is just twee little houses and canals and clogs, Rotterdam will change your mind. Most of it was bombed to bits in WWII, so it's been rebuilt, often with wide avenues and skyscrapers. That in itself isn't much to recommend it, but for sheer contrast with the rest of the Netherlands, it's very interesting. The cultural diversity in Rotterdam is also huge, and the art scene is a bit edgier than Amsterdam. Oh, yeah, AND the largest shipping port in the world, I think? You can take a boat tour through it--it's pretty amazing...

Recommended for:Art & Design LoversHistory Buffs
Kefar Hess, Hamerkaz, Israel

Best Vacation Rental I've been to!
Excellent location! Right in the center of town, shop & market at zero walkind distance. Public transport at 2 minutes walk. Sleeps 4-7 people, TV, WIFI, Washer & Dryer, Complete kitchen, linen & towels etc etc.
Also parking available in garage.

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