5 Rainy Day Activities in Rotterdam
Expecting less than spectacular weather and looking for some rainy day activities in Rotterdam? You’re in luck because this city is full of things to do when the weather decides to not cooperate.
Rotterdam is a fun destination full of activities, even on a rainy day! While nobody necessarily wants to deal with inclement weather while on vacation, we have to roll with it if we want to make the most of our time. To be on the safe side, we recommend checking weather predictions before arrival and bringing any necessary items for the elements.
From museums and galleries, to cosy cafes, theatres, markets, street art, and more, Rotterdam is full of great activities for a rainy day. And even if the weather IS cooperating, we think some of these recommendations are worth checking out anyway. Ready to visit Rotterdam? Here are our tips for the top 5 Rainy Day Activities in Rotterdam.
1. Eat Your Way Around Markthal
This food mecca is a delicious rainy day activity in Rotterdam! Actually, it’s a great activity no matter the weather. Markthal is home to over 90 food stalls with a variety of treats for you to get stuffed on. Come rain or shine, the market is worth exploring and the food here is incredible. And you won’t only find just Dutch food; like many European markets, it also hosts a variety of international food vendors. While here you should definitely try some kibbeling (Dutch style fried fish) and pofferjes (similar to pancakes, but better). In fact, the best place in Rotterdam for them is next door at Poffertjessalon Seth, but you might get wet!
2. Take a Ride in The Spido
If you’re someone who doesn’t mind getting a bit wet, then what better place to do it than on a boat flying around the River Maas!? Taking a ride on The Spido is great whatever the weather, but if you’d rather stay dry, this might not be the best option for you. Tickets are less than 14€ and the ride lasts for 75 minutes boat ride. It’s easy on the wallet, and you’ll be rewarded with great views of Rotterdam’s famous architecture. A unique activity for a rainy day!
3. Visit the Famous Cube Houses
Who doesn’t love a wonky bright yellow house at a 45 degree angle? Piet Blom’s Cube Houses (Kijk-Kubus) are iconic architectural landmarks you have to check out in Rotterdam. While they’re great to see from the outside, if you’re looking for a rainy day activity, we encourage you to visit inside as well. Check out the bizarre interior, inspired by abstract art and modern urban planning. The Kijk-Kubus Museum-house is open daily from 10am to 6pm (except holidays).
4. Gin Tasting in Schiedam
If you’re a fan of gin, you’re in luck in Rotterdam! Just a short metro ride from Rotterdam is Schiedam – a network of historic warehouses on the waterways, as well as the world’s tallest windmill. Here you’ll get the opportunity to taste delicious gins while learning about 300 years of distilling history at the National Jenever Museum Schiedam. If you fancy another tipple then pop into the 325 year old Nolet Distillery for a vodka; it’s the towering home of Ketel One.
5. The Dutch Pinball Museum
This lesser known museum in Rotterdam is a big hit, and a truly unique rainy day activity. If you’re a fan of classic pinball, you’re going to love this place! Not only is it the stuff of childhood dreams – you can actually play on the machines and show off your skills. The museum is home to 100 pinball machines, and you can play on at least 80 of them. It’s basically a museum and arcade all in one, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy this experience!
Where to Stay in Rotterdam
Our top recommendation in Rotterdam is Hostel ROOM. Whether you’re travelling solo, as a young couple, or as a family, they have a room perfect for you! They’re famous for their exceptional facilities, welcoming atmosphere, and friendly staff. Rain or shine, you’ll feel at home at Hostel ROOM Rotterdam.
5 Rainy Day Activities in Rotterdam
While we hope you have the best weather while in Rotterdam, surely this guide will help you make the most of your time while there. Just remember to pack an umbrella and water resistant footwear if necessary!
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