Rotterdam has many faces! The Dutch city is an important port city, chic shopping city and big on art, culture and architecture. Skyscrapers and towers like the Euromast dominate the skyline. In the Maritiem Museum you will learn everything about what happens at the harbour and on ships. In the evening, head to the Old Port for bars and restaurants where night turns to day. With Tourlane you can book your flights, transfers, accommodation and guides - all in one place! Our travel experts will create your perfect tour package according to your travel tastes and preferences.
One of the largest seaports in the world
Futuristic market hall opened in 2014
A museum for ships, harbour and life on board.
The landmark of Rotterdam is the Euromast. The tower was built on the occasion of the horticultural show "Floriade" in 1960. The way up is in a rotating gondola that spirals up the mast. Once at the top, visitors are offered a magnificent view over the city. A panoramic restaurant and hotel suites are also located up here.
The port is the pride of Rotterdam and the most important area of the city. The port is not only one of the largest seaports in the world, but also by far the largest deep-water port in Europe. The port has immense economic importance and is also an interesting place to explore. In addition to the impressive ships, an extensive natural landscape that is home to dozens of animals and plants can be explored at the port. Hundreds of commuters, tourists and day-trippers come to the port every day.
The Old Port is where the historic charm of the maritime city is evident. Old ships are moored here and Europe's first high-rise building, the White House, also exudes the charm of times gone by. It was built in 1898 according to the models from New York. In order to build the ten-storey building, 1000 pillars had to be driven into the marshy ground. In former times sailors sat here in the pubs, today students, artists and visitors meet in the bars at the waterfront. The Old Harbour is one of the most popular nightlife areas in Rotterdam.
The modern Market Hall in Rotterdam is one of the city's newer attractions. The "Markthal" was designed by architect Winy Maas and opened in 2014. The futuristic architecture alone, reminiscent of the shape of a horseshoe, is worth a visit. But the inside is also enticing: almost 100 different stalls offer food and products seven days a week. If you walk through the aisles and look at all the colourful fruit and vegetables, cheese & co, you will always discover something new and, above all, delicious!
In the 80s, the so-called cube houses were built. The Dutch architect Piet Blom developed the housing concept back in the 1970s on the basis of cube-shaped structures standing on a corner. One of the cube houses is a museum and can be visited. Two of the cubes are used by the Academy of Architecture.
At the Maritiem Museum in Rotterdam, visitors can learn all about the port, ships and life on board. More than 1400 ship models, 300 paintings, 5000 drawings and prints and around 80,000 historical photos are part of the impressive exhibition. Those who are interested in the maritime side of the city cannot miss a visit to the very interesting Maritiem Museum. Less