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Rotterdam is the second-largest city of the Netherlands. The city is well-known because of famous museums, the port and modern architecture. Many tourists visit Rotterdam for famous museums like Boijmans van Beuningen and Kunsthal. Other places of interest are Euromast and the harbor. Visit Rotterdam Euromast to have an amazing view over the city and harbor. Further Spido offers harbor tours of 75 minutes through the port of Rotterdam.

Famous architecture can be seen in the city center like the cube houses. It even is possible to stay in those cube houses! But most impressive architecture can be seen at the Kop van Zuid. Kop van Zuid became the new business center of the city. The Erasmus Bridge connects the Kop van Zuid with the city center. This bridge also is famous and an important part of the skyline of Rotterdam. The skyscrapers at Kop van Zuid made the Rotterdam skyline impressive and it also is known as Manhattan on the Meuse. Another reason to visit Rotterdam.

Rotterdam has a wide range of museums, attractions, shops and restaurants. And in the evening you can enjoy nightlife. Click here for a list with the top 10 things to do in Rotterdam. Scroll down for a longer list with Rotterdam attractions and sights. Do not miss it and visit Rotterdam.


Rotterdam city hall


Rotterdam skyline


Rotterdam Euromast


Rotterdam history

Rotterdam started with a dam in the river Rotte in 1270. This grew into a major city with one of the largest ports of the world. This was possible because of the strategic location at the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta on the North Sea. In World War II Rotterdam was bombed and the city centre almost was completely destroyed. The day after the Netherlands capitulated. After the war it was gradually rebuilt. Today Rotterdam has a population of more than 600.000 people and the city offers a lot. Despite the bombings in World War II there still are historical buildings and also modern architecture. The modern architecture gave Rotterdam the name of architecture city of the Netherlands.


Rotterdam Oude Haven


Museum Boijmans van Beuningen


Rotterdam kubuswoningen


Rotterdam map

Zoom in on the map, click the icons for more information and see free walking tours in Rotterdam. Visit Rotterdam and walk one of the tours to see most sights:

  • Free tour: City center and bridges (red)
  • Free tour: Museums and parks (dark red)


Rotterdam attractionsRotterdam architecture & historical buildingsRotterdam culture
Diergaarde BlijdorpBeurs/WTCAhoy
EuromastBijenkorf (architecture)De Doelen
De KuipCentraal StationLuxor Theater
Miniworld (Tickets)DelfshavenPathe (cinema)
Spido (boat trip)Delftse Poort (architecture)Rotterdamse Schouwburg
Splashtours (boat + bus trip)Erasmusbrug (bridge)
GroothandelsgebouwNightlife in Rotterdam
Rotterdam museumDe Hef (bridge)Oude Haven (terraces)
Boijmans Van BeuningenKop van Zuid (architecture)Kop van Zuid (dining)
Huis SonneveldKubuswoningen (architecture)Stadhuisplein (clubs)
KunsthalNieuwe Delftsche Poort (gate)Westelijk Handelsterrein (dining)
Maritiem MuseumOude Haven (old harbor)Witte de Withstraat (pubs)
Natuur Historisch MuseumPostkantoor (architecture)
Nederlands Architectuur InstituutSchielandhuis (architecture)Rotterdam shopping
Stadhuis (city hall)Blaak (market)
Parks in RotterdamWillemsbrug (bridge)Koopgoot
Arboretum TrompenburgLijnbaan
Kralingse BosZuidplein
Het Park