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What to do in Rotterdam

The impressive skyline of Rotterdam can be seen for miles around, enhancing the city’s imposing appearance. Rotterdam is known in the Netherlands and abroad as a city of great architecture, featuring many examples of innovative construction. Behind the imposing skyline of Rotterdam is a dynamic city full of surprises.

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What to do in Rotterdam

The impressive skyline of Rotterdam can be seen for miles around, enhancing the city’s imposing appearance. Rotterdam is known in the Netherlands and abroad as a city of great architecture, featuring many examples of innovative construction. Behind the imposing skyline of Rotterdam is a dynamic city full of surprises.

Rotterdam, a vibrant city

Rotterdam is alive during the year with festivals and events connected with arts, culture, sports and music. The city is been awarded “Events city of the Netherlands” twice and with good reason. Also, Rotterdam is in the Lonely Planet list best in travel 2016!’ There’s the MTV Europe Music Awards, International Film Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam Celebrates the City, Kingsday, Motel Mozaique, The Flying Dutch, World Port Days, the Rotterdam Marathon and many more. Besides all the architecture, festivals and clubbing you can also indulge yourself in the cultural urban scene, with lots of art galleries, markets, museums, bars, coffeeshops, music venues, shopping and so on.

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Festivals

Rotterdam also plays host to some amazing festivals, so if you’re lucky enough to visit Rotterdam at the right time, or if you time your visit to be there for one of these then you’re in for a real treat.

Rotterdam Celebrates the City (1st Jan – 31st July) Foodtruck Festival (17th – 20th March 2016) Motel Mozaique (8th of April – 9th April 2016)   Marathon Rotterdam 9th April 10th April 2016)  Kingsday (27th April 2016)    Liberation festivals (5th May 2016)                  Rrroling Rotterdam Food Festival (13th–16th May 2016)    The Flying Dutch (4th of June 2016)   Rotterdam Rooftop Days ( 10th June – 12th June 2016 )   Architecture Day (18th of June 2016)   The Parade (23rd June – 3rd July 2016)   North Sea Round Town ( 24th June – 10th July 2016)   North Sea Jazz Festival ( 8th July – 10th July 2016)   World Port Days (2nd September – 4th September 2016)   Rotterdamse Kost Museumpark ( 15th September 18th September 2016)   MTV Europe Music Awards (6th November 2016)

Rotterdam has never been classed as one of Europe’s most classically beautiful cities, but things are starting to change quickly.  Rotterdam is a multicultural melting pot, and you can see this in all areas of life in the city; from the faces that pass you in the rush hour to work, to the restaurants that line the bustling streets in the evening.

See the city from two wheels

Rotterdam was bombed into devastation during the Second World War and has been one of the great success stories in their vision and gradual reconstruction.   It’s a thoroughly modern city and its horizon is taken over by jutting angles and glass facades.   Bridges cross over and back the River Maas and modernist statues are around every corner. Our personal favourite being Paul McCarthy’s ‘Santa with a Buttplug‘ installed in the Eendrachtsplein).

See the city from the water

Rotterdam is still the biggest Port of Europe! So a visit to this impressing Harbor shouldn’t been missed! The Spido boat tour (which leaves 2 minutes away from the hostel), takes you into the harbor for 75 minutes, is actually the only way to get you so close to the action. (huge containerships & industry)

 

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Architecture

Not to miss on your Architecture tour of Rotterdam: Hotel New York and ‘Manhattan at the Maas’, Deliplein, Katendrecht and SS Rotterdam, the Kralingse Bos Area, the Delfshaven area, the Market and it’s beautiful Market Hall, the Old Harbour, Meent & Pancakestreet, the North Area,  Zwaanshals and North Square.

Other fun boatrides to take on the water / our river the Maas are the Splash boat, the Watertaxi, Aqualiner or the Waterbus which will take you to the Kinderdijk Windmills or what about a ride on the Pancakeboat? which offers the great combination of sightseeing and all-you-can-eat Pancakes!!