City Guide to Rotterdam, Holland’s Urban Haven
City Guide to Rotterdam Hollands Urban Haven

City Guide to Rotterdam, Holland’s Urban Haven


Rotterdam is a metropolis I’ve visited over 10 instances over the previous 30 years. There’s something about it that retains calling me again. Each time it does there’s all the time one thing new, cool and thrilling to find. Rotterdam has usually been an overshadowed metropolis. Nevertheless, over the previous few years, this main port metropolis and concrete haven in South Holland has develop into the go-to vacation spot in Holland.

That is for a lot of good causes. Having been witness to Rotterdam’s development and growth through the years, I’m happy that so many individuals at the moment are seeing what I’ve all the time seen on this fantastic and various metropolis. It’s a metropolis that I may by no means tire of visiting. Additionally it is one which I’m certain will proceed to evolve and I can not wait to see how.

Rotterdam was destroyed throughout World Struggle II. But this resilient and decided metropolis has risen from the ashes and is now an excellent cool and cosmopolitan place to go to. Many various types of structure along with repurposed buildings, skyscrapers and bridges will be discovered throughout town, which is sometimes called ‘Manhattan on the Meuse’, due to its fashionable skyline. Subsequently, in the event you like modern areas and quirky design, Rotterdam is a good choice in the event you’re in search of a European metropolis break. Right here is my information to Rotterdam and among the finest issues it (at the moment) has to supply.

How To Get To Rotterdam

Flight

Fly to Holland with KLM

Fly To Holland With KLM

I flew to Holland with KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij in the event you’ve ever puzzled what the abbreviation meant), from my native airport, Humberside. KLM is at the moment (2019) celebrating their 100th 12 months in aviation, making it the world’s oldest working airline. In case you are a daily reader of the weblog you’ll know that I all the time battle to seek out flights from Humberside.

This normally means at the least a two-hour drive to my closest massive airport earlier than the beginning of any overseas jaunt. Subsequently, the truth that KLM flies from there, along with 17 different UK airports, makes attending to Holland tremendous simple and likewise in my case tremendous handy too. Plus as a nervous flyer, the truth that the flight takes lower than an hour will get an enormous thumbs up from me.

Prepare

Rotterdam Centraal Station

I really like trains in Holland – they’re dependable and low-cost, particularly in comparison with those within the UK. As Holland is a comparatively small nation getting wherever by way of practice is normally fairly fast and easy. As quickly as I’d landed at Amsterdam Schipol and handed by way of passport management I headed to the practice station situated beneath the airport itself.

Prebooking tickets is all the time suggested. Particularly in the event you plan to journey a distance and need to guarantee that you’ve a seat reservation. Nevertheless, you can even purchase them as soon as at Amsterdam Schipol from the ticket machines on the high of the escalators earlier than heading all the way down to the practice platforms. Or in case you have a Eurail cross and are travelling by way of practice by way of Europe, you might be additionally lined.

There are over 90 trains each day from Amersterdam Schipol to Rotterdam Centraal. Subsequently the chances are, in the event you miss one, you gained’t be ready too lengthy till one other practice passes by way of. The journey takes a mere 26 minutes and prices roughly £13.

The place To Keep

Mainport Hotel, Rotterdam

Mainport Hotel, Rotterdam

Mainport Hotel, Rotterdam

As with every main metropolis, there are a selection of choices in relation to the place to remain. These embrace lodges, flats, Airbnbs and with hostels ranging from £11 per night time, Rotterdam is a good choice for even essentially the most budget-conscious traveller. Nevertheless, if you’re in search of lodging that has that one thing further then the 5 star designed Mainport Rotterdam Resort is the right alternative. Its distinctive location, on the banks of the river Maas ensures wonderful views over the water and the skyline of Rotterdam.

This luxury and fashionable resort is situated inside strolling distance of most of Rotterdam’s primary points of interest. That’s in the event you can tear your self away from the on-site restaurant, bar, gymnasium, pool and spa. Additionally in the event you go for a waterfront sauna room, not solely with you be rewarded with the wonderful views I discussed earlier than, but in addition your individual private sauna. Sure, an precise sauna in your lavatory. What higher technique to calm down after a full day exploring every little thing Rotterdam has to supply?

Not solely is that this resort stunning however it is usually has a Surprisingly Sustainable program in place. This system units out formidable sustainable objectives for the resort to satisfy. From eco-friendly care merchandise and LED lights to charging factors for electrical bikes and vehicles, Mainpoint Rotterdam is extraordinarily environmentally aware. Couple that with the excessive ranges of consolation {and professional} hospitality and it apparent why this resort is such a preferred alternative in Rotterdam.

How To Get Round

My favorite approach of getting round any metropolis is to stroll and Rotterdam is a really walkable metropolis. In truth, there are a selection of guided strolling excursions you’ll be able to e-book if you wish to make sure that you don’t miss any of the important thing websites. Nevertheless, in the event you fancy one thing distinctive or you might be merely brief on time, Rotterdam has some nice different choices so that you can take into account.

Watertaxi Rotterdam

Watertaxi, Rotterdam

Watertaxi, Rotterdam

There are 50 touchdown phases all through town. Subsequently taking a water taxi is a fast technique to zip from one level in Rotterdam to a different. Whizzing by way of the water can also be extraordinarily enjoyable. When you determine to take a seat outdoors, bear in mind to carry on. Additionally keep in mind that you could be get a tad moist from the spray. Taking a water taxi not solely lets you see Rotterdam from a special vantage level, but it surely additionally lets you see different buildings/points of interest that you might have missed.

Relying on how many individuals are sharing the taxi, costs begin from €4.50 pp. All you need to do is e-book prematurely on the Watertaxi Rotterdam web site. Failing that you would be able to merely name on the day you need to journey utilizing the quantity which will be discovered at every touchdown stage. When you’ve got booked prematurely, it’s necessary that you’re prepared and ready on your water taxi because it won’t grasp round for you.

Rotterdam Metro

Rotterdam Metro

Once more, if time just isn’t in your aspect and you need to be someplace shortly then the Rotterdam metro, which is the oldest metro system in Holland, is a good and simple to make use of choice. Merely purchase a RET day-ticket from Rotterdam Centraal, any metro station and even e-book on-line for simply €8. It offers you with a full day of limitless journey by way of Rotterdam, each in the course of the day and at night time. The perfect half is, you can even use your ticket on trams and buses operated by RET too.

Bike

Bikes are synonymous with Holland. With nice cycle paths and routes, it’s simple to see why many locals go for the two-wheel choice to get round. Hiring a motorcycle can also be a good way for vacationers to get round too because it offers you the choice to journey across the metropolis and cease everytime you fancy or see one thing that piques your curiosity.

As a result of it’s such a preferred factor to do in Rotterdam, there are a selection of motorbike rent firms working within the metropolis. Some lodges supply the choice to rent bikes from them too. There are additionally quite a lot of guided bike excursions on supply in Rotterdam which offer a complete overview of town, preferrred for first-time guests.

The place To Eat

There are quite a few locations to eat in Rotterdam and positively one thing for everybody’s style and funds. Having visited on so many events, I’ve misplaced rely of (and forgotten the names of – sorry!) the wonderful locations I’ve eaten at through the years. Nevertheless, listed below are among the locations I managed to seize a chew at on my most up-to-date journey. All of which I’d extremely suggest attempting out for your self.

Aloha Bar

Aloha Bar, Rotterdam

Aloha Bar, Rotterdam

Aloha Bar, Rotterdam

The Aloha Bar will be discovered within the outdated Tropicana waterpark advanced. Having visited Tropicana a couple of instances when it was operational it was nice to see that the constructing, from the skin at the least, is strictly because it was the final time I visited, roughly 10 years in the past. Inside, the prevailing construction has been utilised to create a metropolis greenhouse permitting sustainable entrepreneurship. With the Aloha Bar establishing within the former WildWaterbaan and the out of doors space of ​​the swimming pool.

It’s a good spot for lunch and/or dinner. Particularly on a pleasant day due to the solar terrace over the River Maas. Mouthwatering meals, together with an incredible number of vegetarian and vegan dishes, a glass of native beer and views of the Erasmusbrug (Erasmus Bridge), what’s to not like about that.

Foodhallen

Foodhallen, Rotterdam

Foodhallen, Rotterdam

Foodhallen, Rotterdam

The Foodhallen in Rotterdam is my form of place and a meals lovers delight. With 15 stands all serving totally different delicacies and drinks, everybody in your get together can select one thing totally different. But you’ll be able to all sit collectively. From sushi to burgers and never forgetting candy treats, there actually is one thing for everybody with out anybody having to compromise. Open each day, 12:00 – 23:30 Sunday to Thursday and 12:00 – 01:00 Friday and Saturday, the Foodhallen is unquestionably price dropping by.

De Matroos en Het Meisje

De Matroos en Het Meisje, Rotterdam

De Matroos en Het Meisje, Rotterdam

De Matroos en Het Meisje, Rotterdam

If nice eating in a conventional Dutch setting feels like an ideal night’s dinner plans than a go to to De Matroos en het Meisje (The Sailor and The Lady) is very really helpful. Backstage, on the door, you will see that an intimate restaurant. This can be very widespread and infrequently full each night time of the week. With Delft blue tiles and paintings throughout the principle wall and well-known Dutch checkered tea towels getting used as napkins, this restaurant is definitely quirky and distinctive. Nevertheless, it’s necessary to notice that this restaurant is definitely not type over substance.

The menu, which is as daring because the decor, modifications repeatedly to consider native and seasonal components. The menu du chef on supply is a good choice in the event you get pleasure from a shock. Simply bear in mind to allow them to know prematurely of any allergy symptoms/intolerances. You may select from three to 6 programs with optionally available wine pairing. This restaurant is a good alternative for any event from a primary date by way of to a household meal. With pleasant and educated workers, a go to to De Matroos en het Meisje is definitely an expertise you’ll not overlook in a rush. 

Rotterdam Markthal

Rotterdam Markthal

Rotterdam Markthal

Rotterdam Markthal

The Markthal in Rotterdam is the most important indoor market corridor in Holland and is a foodie’s delight. The spectacular constructing is residence to not solely the indoor market but in addition workplace and residential flats too. It attracts locals and vacationers of their droves each day. Nicknamed Koopboog due to its horseshoe form, the Markthal is a must-visit vacation spot when in Rotterdam. The construction designed by structure agency MVRDV is beautiful and though distinctive, it definitely suits in with the city and ever-changing skyscape of town. 

Even when you do not need to choose something up from any of the 100 recent produce items or 15 meals retailers and even eat at any of the Eight eating places, a go to merely to marvel on the beautiful ceiling is suggested. Greater than 4000 stunning tiles depicting The Horn of Loads designed by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam adorn the arch. They’re really breathtaking. However when you are there, choosing up some scrumptious delicacies is a good thought. These embrace Dutch staples reminiscent of cheese, bitterballen and naturally stroopwafels. You may even take a guided strolling tour of the Markthal for roughly £15, permitting you to “meet and style” the producers and their produce. 

Op Het Dak

Op Het Dak, Rotterdam

Op Het Dak, Rotterdam

Op Het Dak, Rotterdam

A beautiful little hidden oasis within the hustle and bustle of town is Op Het Dak. Positioned inside strolling distance of Rotterdam Centraal, this cool rooftop restaurant and occasional bar prides itself on creating meals that’s clear, easy and native. The restaurant’s picket terrace overlooks the backyard which grows natural greens, edible flowers, herbs and is residence to a bee farm. It’s necessary to notice that Op Het Dak is closed on Mondays. You’re additionally unable to order a desk prematurely. With solely 45 seats accessible, you might have to hold round till a desk turns into accessible. It is a highly regarded spot.

Locations To Go to

So you understand how to get to Rotterdam, the place to remain, tips on how to get round and the place to eat, however what points of interest do you have to go to? Listed below are a couple of you actually ought to try. A few which are literally free to go to, which is nice information if you’re travelling on a funds.

ss Rotterdam Escape Room

ss Rotterdam Escape Room, Rotterdam

ss Rotterdam Escape Room, Rotterdam

The ss Rotterdam ( also called “The Grande Dame”) was the cruise liner that individuals needed to journey on. After crusing the seven seas for 40 years, she was retired and is now a everlasting fixture in Rotterdam. She has been restored to her former glory and now serves as a resort and museum. Many individuals decide to take afternoon tea within the Captain’s Lounge. Whereas others determine to take the ss Rotterdam Exploration Tour. The tour lets you get a really feel for what life aboard the grand ship was like each above and beneath deck.

The vessel can also be residence to Escape Rooms ss Rotterdam which has two similar rooms (with one other design at the moment being constructed). Positioned within the outdated chilly storages deep within the bowels of the ship, the escape room has been designed particularly for the ship. The theme focuses on the mysterious secrets and techniques of the ship’s former captain. It’s appropriate for groups of 4 – 8. It’s crucial you’re employed as a workforce to crack varied codes and clear up quite a lot of puzzles all inside 60 minutes within the hope of discovering the hidden treasure.

Binnenrotte Market

Binnenrotte Market, Rotterdam

When you occur to be in Rotterdam on a Saturday or Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m, that you must try Binnenrotte Market. It’s a excellent place to go if you wish to store the place the locals do. Binnenrotte is situated proper subsequent to the Markthal and reverse the Dice Homes (extra about them quickly), which suggests you can’t miss it. It’s the largest open market in Holland with over 500 hundred stalls. You may decide up a complete host of issues. These embrace classic items and books by way of to garments and never forgetting recent produce and flowers.

Dice Homes

Cube Houses, Rotterdam

Cube Houses, Rotterdam

No go to to Rotterdam is full with out a go to to the Dice Homes (also called “Het Blaakse Bos”). They’re the primary attraction in Rotterdam. After getting seen them up shut and private you’ll perceive why. The quirky structure is one thing that that you must see to understand simply how distinctive it truly is. Designed within the 1970s by architect Piet Blom and primarily based on the idea of “residing as an city roof”, the 38 homes had been designed to utilise all of the area accessible inside.

If you wish to see inside a dice home for your self, you’re in luck, you’ll be able to go to the Kijkkubus (present dice home), which is furnished as a typical home, for a mere €3.00. The Kijkkubus is open seven days every week from 11:00 a.m. to five:00 p.m. You may even spend the night time in a dice home on the not too long ago opened Stayokay hostel. The hostel has a merchandising machine, bistro and bar, free WiFi entry all through and breakfast can also be included. And in the event you fancy proudly owning your individual dice home and are fortunate sufficient to ever see one in the marketplace, costs begin at roughly €175,000.

Euromast

Euromast, Rotterdam

If you’d like an incredible view of Rotterdam and the encircling space from above, the Euromast is the place to go. The statement tower was constructed between 1958 and 1960. It at the moment stands at 184.6 m (606 ft) making it the tallest constructing within the metropolis. Entrance prices € 10,25 per grownup and it’s necessary to notice that solely playing cards are accepted for cost. Euromast can also be residence to a deli, brasserie and the Euromast Suites, every with its personal non-public balcony.

I hope this information helps you intend a go to to Holland’s city haven, because it actually is a metropolis that should be visited. With a spread of lodging accessible, mouthwatering eating places and fascinating and distinctive points of interest Rotterdam is a superb European metropolis.





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