Review of Rotterdam
Take flights to Rotterdam for modern harbour cruises, cutting-edge design shops and harbour-side seafood restaurants.
Things to do
Hulking container ships and vast oil tankers tower over visitors who cruise one of the world's largest harbours after flights to Rotterdam. After you travel Rotterdam's modern docks, walk to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and view many of Europe's masterpieces on display.
Remember cutting-edge Dutch design after your Rotterdam city break, and fill your shopping bags with asymmetrical teapots or trendy table linens. Stylish housewares shops sit beside edgy fashion boutiques all along cool Witte de Withstraat.
Old Rotterdam comes to life at Stadsbrouwerij De Pilgrim, Rotterdam's only beer brewery housed in a 16th century warehouse. The brewery is complete with a pub and restaurant. Relax over a cold Mayflower Triple, before taking a tour of the warehouse.
A young, hip crowd sips glasses of the Dutch gin genever and bitter beer at dance clubs around Rotterdam's Hofplein. The action really gets going after midnight, when live bands and DJs turn up the volume in this Dutch harbour town.
When to go
KLM has frequent flights to Rotterdam. Visit in early April, when the harbour is crowded with the canvas sails of tall ships en route to Amsterdam at the annual Race of the Classics.
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Port city01 Mar 12At just under 30 minutes by train from Schiphol airport is Holland second largest city, Rotterdam. World-famous for it's large sea harbour, its predominantly modern architecture is quite different from Amsterdam's 17th century appearance, but the many nationalities, designers and artist living together create a buzzing atmosphere with lots of restaurants, galleries, exhibitions and events.
Richard - Netherlands
Leisure, Partner, Ivory
General impression 5 Hotels 3 Restaurants 4 Activities 5 Shopping 5 Going Out 4 Events 5 Average grade 4.4
Go with a water taxi to Hotel New York, visit historical 'Oud Delfshaven' or go shopping in the boutique shops in Witte de Withstraat (also home to many pubs and places to eat).