Best Things To Do in Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Rotterdam spoils you for choice with its collection of Museums, Shopping centers, Pubs, Clubs and Bars and historic as well as modern tourist attractions which embellish its silhouette. Take a peek into its history by visiting the Maritime Museum, Chabot Museum, Museum of Chess-Pieces and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen or try its multi-cuisine food at the Markthal Rotterdam. The historical buildings like Grote of Sint Laurenskerk church, Erasmus Statue and the City Hall, all add its charming architecture and designs to Rotterdam. A walk through the Delfshaven area is simply breath taking during evenings.

Start your day simply soaking up the city’s varied buildings and end the day at one of its clubs. The city is huge but you can taste its essence if you can stay for 3 days- covering everything from its historic museums, scenic port and a lively nightlife and shopping scene. If Rotterdam’s Bombings have left their mark on you, follow the Brandgrens signs which are spread across the city to pay tribute to the places which suffered during the attack.

Rotterdam has a healthy mix of things to do when in the city of sports! If you are feeling adventurous, you can skydive at ‘Skydive Rotterdam’ or partake in the water sports organized around the city’s harbor and lakes. Add to that a vivid music scene and an entertainment pulse, and a trip here is simply living life 360 degrees.

Below we have a list of things to do in Rotterdam and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Rotterdam getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Rotterdam with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Rotterdam

Here is the list of things to do in Rotterdam and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Market Hall

    4.4 (1214 Votes)
    Market Hall

    Food And Drinks, Market, Architecture

    Markthal Rotterdam is located underneath a residential and office building and is the best place to visit to try different varieties of food. The market itself is built on a 14th century buried village and is a fine example of modern architecture, technology and design. Whether you want to buy fresh fruits, meats and vegetables or simply try local food varieties, the market has it all. Highligh...Read more
  2. Diergaarde Blijdorp

    4.5 (702 Votes)
    Diergaarde Blijdorp

    Outdoors, Zoo, Botanical Garden

    The Rotterdam Zoo is one of the oldest Zoos in Netherland and is an animal lover’s favorite hangout space in the city! The Zoo is home to Lions, Red Pandas, Polar Bears, Elephants, Giraffes and rare animals like the Collared Mangebey among others. The place also has a botanical garden. The zoo has an aquarium called ‘Oceanarium’. If you are visiting with family, the place is p...Read more
  3. Erasmusbrug

    4.6 (1146 Votes)


    There are many bridges in Netherland, but the Erasmus Bridge takes the prize any day. It is a cable-stayed and bascule bridge and connects the North Rotterdam to the South Rotterdam. The ultra-urban abstract design of the bridge stands out from the silhouette of Rotterdam and after dark, the lights add to its steely charm. The bridge was completed in 1996 and was designed by Ben van Berkel. Vis...Read more
  4. Euromast

    4.4 (1164 Votes)


    The Euromast Tower was built in 1960’s and was the tallest building in Rotterdam during that time. However, during the 70’s, the adjacent buildings which were taller, stunted the tower’s height. Soon a Space tower was added to the building (another 85 meters to the existing 101 meters) and was again the tallest building in the city! The Euromast offers a viewing platform, Euro...Read more
  5. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

    Museum, Sculpture

    The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has a fine collection of art pieces dating from the Middle ages to 21st century and consists of sculptures, paintings and everyday objects. The museum has exquisite collection for artists like Bosch, Rembrandt, Dali, Van Gogh and bathes in its Dutch art history like no other place in the country. Highlights include: Prints and drawings collection Van Beuningen...Read more
  6. Cube House

    4.3 (1106 Votes)
    Cube House


    Designed by Dutch architect Piet Blom, the quirky houses are made in the shape of cubes with different angles used to trip-off people who pass by. The innovative design fools people into thinking that the interiors can be quiet small but every cube has a sufficiently spaced house complete with furnishings and modern design! The houses support each other and overlook the nearby pedestrian area. ...Read more
  7. Oudehaven

    4.3 (580 Votes)

    Historical Site, Harbour

    The Old Harbour was built in the 14th century and till today the historic ships of the Harbour Museum of Rotterdam are moored here. The harbour also has a shipyard where ships are renovated and a fleet of ships are always lined here, giving the place a rather historic feel. The old harbor also accommodates modern places like the Cube Houses which creates a beautiful contrast with its old buildi...Read more
  8. Delfshaven

    Church, Museum, Brewery, Port

    Delfshaven grew around the port of the Deft City which was not located around the river originally. In the 14th century, a harbour was created near the city which could receive sea vessels. The area escaped the 1940’s bombings and today is a charming place to explore the food-life of Rotterdam and is also where art lovers go to see trending artist’s works at one of its many gallerie...Read more
  9. Maritime Museum Rotterdam

    4.3 (491 Votes)
    Maritime Museum Rotterdam


    Maritime Museum Rotterdam is a naval museum established in 1873. Dutch history is rooted in its Naval endeavors and to not see this museum is simply missing a huge chunk of Netherlands’ fascinating stories. The museum also has an open-air harbor museum next to it where you can see a 19th-century ironclad ram ship ‘HNLMS Buffel’ which belongs to the museum. If you love ships an...Read more
  10. Witte De Withstraat

    Pubs, Streets

    The Witte de Withstraat runs between the Schiedamsevest and Eendrachtsweg area and was named after an Admiral in the late 19th century. The street was known for its many illegal activities like gambling and pubs which were known for their not-so-safe reputation. Today the modern Witte de With straat is a whole different place with cool cafes, fancy pubs and galleries which showcase inspiring ar...Read more
  11. S S Rotterdam

    Hotel, Food And Drinks, Restaurant

    De Rotterdam Steam Ship has a 4-star hotel with themed 1950’s rooms and also has 2 restaurants and 2 bars to make it’s a complete ‘cruise-like’ experience. The highlight, however, is the ‘Steam and Chrome tour’ of the ship itself which takes you through the engine room and reflects on the interesting details and stories of the ship’s history. The view o...Read more
  12. Kunsthal

    4.3 (53 Votes)


    The Kunsthal Rotterdam museum was established in 1992 and since then has hosted some of the best contemporary and modern artists in Netherland. There are no permanent exhibitions showcased here which means every time you visit; you are sure to see something new. The museum however does appreciate classic art and you will find a variety ranging from 20th century artists to the present day master...Read more
  13. Ahoy Rotterdam

    Convention Center, Architecture , Exhibition

    Ahoy is the convention and exhibition center of Rotterdam and plays host to some of the best international as well as local events, shows and concerts. Rotterdam’s electric urban pulse invites artists to showcase their talents in the city and the Ahoy is the premium spot to catch up on what is trending in Rotterdam. The center also has an exhibition hall where you can see the works of som...Read more
  14. De Kuip

    4.5 (373 Votes)
    De Kuip


    De Kuip is the finest stadium in Netherland and is known for its power-packed football matches complete with fans cheering for their favorite teams and an energy which is simply contagious. If you want to see just how seriously Rotterdam takes football, see a Match here live and you will leave with a favorite team for sure! The stadium also arranges tour where you can see step into the players&...Read more
  15. Wereldmuseum

    4.2 (45 Votes)


    The Wereldmuseum encompasses all the history that leads to Rotterdam in its present day. The museum has a collection of around 160 items that carry the story of 2000 years in its artefacts and exhibits. The place showcases articles of various cultures and nationalities that have shaped Rotterdam and pays a tribute to the Colonial period too. If you want to see all of Rotterdam’s influence...Read more