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In recent years a visit to Rotterdam has been recommended by leading travel media such as Lonely Planet, the New York Times and the Rough Guide. Rotterdam used to be well-known because it was the largest port of the world. But nowadays Rotterdam is known as a bustling city with a lot of modern architecture that you can find everywhere in the city such as the iconic Erasmus bridge, the famous cube houses and the sparkling market hall which are the main landmarks of Rotterdam. Your visit to Rotterdam starts at City Guide Rotterdam where you will find all the information you need for your visit to Rotterdam!

Attractions and museums in Rotterdam

The easiest way to explore Rotterdam is to do a tour. There are different options to tour around Rotterdam such as the the hop-on hop-off bus, the Spido's tour boats, the historic tram line 10 and the amphibious SplashTours. by doing a tour you will see Rotterdam's main attractions such as the Euromast, steam ship Rotterdam, and Blijdorp Zoo, but also along the most famous sights of Rotterdam such as the Wilhelmina Pier and Delfshaven. Culture lovers can visit one of the museums in Rotterdam such as leading museums like Boijmans - Van Beuningen, the Wereldmuseum, the Kunsthal exhibition center and many other museums. Check out our page about things to do in Rotterdam to explore all the attractions, museums, and sights you can visit in Rotterdam.

Shop seven days a week in Rotterdam!

Rotterdam is a dynamic metropolis, known worldwide for the big port, but in recent years, the city on the Meuse has also built a big name because of its many shopping opportunities. In Rotterdam you can shop seven days a week. The shopping streets in the center of Rotterdam are the most visited with the main shopping streets being the Lijnbaan, the Hoogstraat and the Meent and the main attraction the Market hall. In addition to the shopping streets in the center you can visit one of the major malls Zuidplein Mall and the Alexandrium Mall just outside the center. They offer plenty of shopping opportunities and you will stay dry on a rainy day. Read more on our page about shopping in Rotterdam and find out where to shop in Rotterdam.

Rotterdam nightlife

In the evening you can visit one of the restaurants in Rotterdam, which you can find anywhere in the city. There are many different kitchens available and you can choose from restaurants with a Michelin star to fine brasseries. Later in the evening you can visit one of the cinemas, casinos or theaters in Rotterdam. Clubbers will enjoy the Rotterdam nightlife and visit one of the trendy clubs or bars in Rotterdam. Read everything about the nightlife in Rotterdam on our page about going out in Rotterdam. If you would like to stay overnight there is a wide range of hotels and bed and breakfasts available and there are special accommodations for groups.

Visit Rotterdam with kids and with discount

Visiting a city with kids may be boring, but fortunately, this is not the case in Rotterdam! In addition to many fun attractions you can visit a museum, because most museums offer special activities for kids. Read on our page about Rotterdam for kids which attractions, museums and events are fun to visit with children. On our page about discount in Rotterdam, you can read how to get a discount at many attractions and museums. For tourists it's attractive to purchase a Rotterdam Welcome Card or Tourist Day Ticket which combines discount on museums and attractions with travel by public transport in Rotterdam. The tram, metro and bus will take you to all the hotspots in Rotterdam quickly and comfortably, so there's no need to bring your car to the center. Parking in Rotterdam is possible in paid parking garages and on the streets, but it is easier to park your car at a fixed rate at one of the Park & Ride locations outside the city center.

Events and festivals in Rotterdam

When you are planning your visit to Rotterdam have a look at our Rotterdam calendar and get to know which events and festivals are scheduled. Throughout the year there are lots of events taking place in Rotterdam, but especially during the summertime there are big festivals like the summer carnival and the world port days. In the list below you can see which events will be taking place in Rotterdam in the coming period.

Upcoming Events Rotterdam

Find out what's going on in Rotterdam now and in the future!

Ice Rink

Enjoy the winter at the indoor fun skate rink and the sporty speed skate track.


See premieres and try outs from all over the world at the Rotterdam Film Festival.

Book Fair

Huge book fair in Rotterdam with over a million books, multi-media and hobby articles.

Love & Marriage

This romantic fair in Rotterdam is the perfect preparation for your wedding day.

ATP World Tour

International top tennis players at the indoor World Tennis Ttournament in Ahoy Rotterdam.

Valentine's Day

The best gifts, restaurants and hotel deals to pamper your loved one in Rotterdam.

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Shopping Tour Rotterdam

Don't miss a store with this walking route through Rotterdam city centre!

Market Hall

Buy your fresh lunch at this one-of-a-kind indoor food market and enjoy the ceiling!


Rotterdam's rapid underground transport system rapidly takes you nearly anywhere within the city center and also to the suburbs.

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