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Rotterdam day trips

Organized sightseeing tours always have been popular. This because tourists frequently do not know how to get to touristic attractions and other places of interest. Below is a list with Rotterdam day trips that tourists easily can reach by public transport. The advantage is that it usually is cheaper to make your own day trips. Another advantage of making your own day trips is that you are flexible and can decide how long you want to visit the tourist attraction. Read more about using public transport in Holland here and make some nice Rotterdam day trips by yourself.

 

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Blossom cycling route

Rotterdam to Betuwe

The Betuwe is well-known because of horticulture. Certainly in spring it is worthwhile to visit the Betuwe and go cycling or walking. In April and May you will see blossom in the trees and in June many farmers sell their fresh fruits. A famous route is the yearly Bloesemfietstocht (Blossom route). Good starting points are Geldermalsen, Culemborg and Tiel. It is possible to rent bicycles at train stations or in villages.

 

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Delft, Netherlands

Rotterdam to Delft

Delft is located between Rotterdam and The Hague. Delft is a city with historic town center with canals. It also is well-known because of the Delft University of Technology, Delft pottery and the painter Vermeer. Places of interest in Delft are Markt, the churches, canals and museums like Legermuseum (Army Museum) and Royal Delft. It also is possible to make a canal tour in Delft.

 

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View from Grote Kerk Dordrecht

Rotterdam to Dordrecht   

Dordrecht is the oldest city of Holland and has a rich history. In the Middle Ages Dordrecht was an important market city because of the strategic location. Places of interest in Dordrecht are the canals, harbors, several churches, a windmill and the Groothoofdspoort. Perhaps most spectacular is a view from the Grote Kerk of Dordrecht.

 

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Gorinchem, Netherlands

Rotterdam to Gorinchem   

Gorinchem is a city south of Utrecht and founded by fishermen and farmers around the year 1000. The historical center of Gorinchem is worth a visit. There are many historical buildings in Gorinchem like the town hall, church, city wall with gates and windmills. The main square Grote Markt is a nice place to go for a drink.

 

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Gouda cheese market

Rotterdam to Gouda

Gouda is a city with historic town center. The historic buildings and churches make it together with the famous Gouda cheese market a popular day trip destination for tourists. Other places of interest are the Verzetsmuseum, Museum Gouda and the Waaier locks.

 

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Hellevoetsluis, Netherlands

Rotterdam to Hellevoetsluis

Hellevoetsluis is an old town west of Rotterdam, with sea, beach and dunes close by. Hellevoetsluis has historical buildings, a fortress, lighthouse and windmill. Hellevoetsluis also is a popular destination for people who want to do water sports or have a meal or drink with nice view over the harbor or Haringvliet. The popular Rockanje beach also is nearby.

 

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Keukenhof gardens

Rotterdam to Keukenhof

The Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden and is situated near Lisse. It also is known as ‘Garden of Europe’. Annually about seven million flower bulbs are planted at an area of 32 hectares. The Keukenhof 2014 is open from March 20th until May 18th. Yearly the park attracts about 900.000 visitors from all over the world, which makes it one of the most popular attractions in Holland.

 

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Windmills Kinderdijk

Rotterdam to Kinderdijk

The windmills of Kinderdijk are one of the best known Dutch tourist sights and placed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. The windmills protected the land against flooding. Kinderdijk has 19 windmills and two pumping stations. Visiting Kinderdijk is something you can not miss.

 

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Leiden, Netherlands

Rotterdam to Leiden

Leiden is a city in the province South Holland and famous because of the university of Leiden and medical center. Like Amsterdam Leiden also has canals and historical buildings. Places to see in Leiden are The Burcht, Hooglandse Kerk and Hortus Botanicus. Making a canal tour in Leiden is possible too. Tourists can easily visit Leiden because of the direct train connection.

 

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Scheveningen beach

Rotterdam to Scheveningen

Scheveningen is a modern seaside resort with beach, boulevard and pier. Other attractions in Scheveningen are casinos, theaters and events like New Years dive and fireworks in summer. Further Scheveningen is popular for water sports like surfing and kite boarding. Scheveningen beach could be very crowded during sunny summer days.

 

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The Hague Binnenhof

Rotterdam to The Hague

The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and capital city of the province South-Holland. The Hague is a popular city because of the spacious streets with shops and attractions. Famous attractions are Madurodam and museums like Mauritshuis and Gemeentemuseum. Also Scheveningen beach is nearby. Read about places to see in The Hague on this page.

 

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Utrecht, Netherlands

Rotterdam to Utrecht

Since the 8th century Utrecht has been the religious center of The Netherlands, making it one of the most important cities of the Netherlands. Utrecht has many old buildings and structures from the Middle Ages. Utrecht also is well-known because of the Utrecht University and Utrecht Jaarbeurs. The central location within The Netherlands makes it an important place for rail and road transport. Read about places to see in Utrecht on this page.