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Things to do in Rotterdam

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“In spring and summer this a nice place to just chill, have a picknick and watch people. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Spido offers round trips, day trips and theme cruises in Rotterdam from the foot of the Erasmus Bridge all year round. Spido is one of the largest Rotterdam attractions, but the real attraction is of course the harbor! With the Rotterdam harbor tour of 75 minutes Spido gives a short but powerful impression of the container ports of Rotterdam. The route leads among other things past Hotel New York, the Euromast and the ss Rotterdam.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“This 'beer garden' is the place where all the young gather for a beer in the sun, relaxed atmosphere. ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Cinema with nice terrace on the water. Also nice to have a drink and a bite.”
  • 41 locals recommend
History Museum
“The 2nd Floor of this museum is a large indoor/ outdoor playground for kids. All things related to maritime life or the harbour.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Bar
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“Cozy atmosphere, friendly crowd. Especially nice on summer days / nights, thanks to the nice terrace.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Park
“Enjoy a quiet stroll through the gorgeous park just beneath the Euromast (tower), pretty any time of the year! ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Park
“Pick any of the museums here and you are set for the day. Choose Boijmans for a more classic trip or the Kunsthal for an edgier experience. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Fraternity House
“Rotterdam Meent: chic boutiques and trendy fashion shops and nice bars/restaurants.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Bar
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“indie pop / rock podium, also nice for getting drinks nd food during the day”
  • 38 locals recommend
Government Building
“Historical, cultural and artistic. You can find amazing food, bars and places to walk. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Mobile Phone Shop
“Lijnbaan: main shopping street of Rotterdam! Lijnbaan is the main shopping area in Rotterdam. Lijnbaan was introduced in 1953 and those days it was the first modern shopping street in post-war Europe, where no cars were allowed to enter. Today, Lijnbaan is still car-free and it is still an excellent shopping area. On a rainy day, Lijnbaan Rotterdam is still comfortable, as it is partially covered. Lijnbaan is the beating heart of Rotterdam shopping with many large stores of international fashion chains. Shop till you drop at Lijnbaan Rotterdam! TIP: As in other cities shops are closed on Sunday, Lijnbaan Rotterdam can get very crowded on Sunday. On Friday evening and Saturdayr, it's less bus”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great bartenders, a very nice terrace and a lot of different (craft) beers on draft and bottled. Exactly 30 steps from the front door ;-)”
  • 36 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Netherlands Photo Museum (Dutch: Nederlands Fotomuseum) (NFM) is a museum in the Netherlands primarily focused on photography. The museum collection consists of many historical, social and cultural images from the 20th and 21st century, from the Netherlands and elsewhere. It has control over more than 150 archives (three million plus images) taken by Dutch photographers. The archives are stored in climate controlled film storage facilities.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Bar
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“Possibly my favorite place in Rotterdam. Ex-indoor tropical swimming pool turned restaurant. Outdoor terrace along the Maas with excellent affordable food.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Lodging
“An old cruiseship that is free to visit. The is a bar/restaurant at the upperdeck at the back of the ship. A perfect spot for a sunny drink and a view on the skyline.”
  • 32 locals recommend