Rotterdam is Europe’s largest port and the second biggest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam of course. The young and vibrant city was completely rebuilt following World War II to feature cutting-edge architecture alongside cobbled streets and typically Dutch canals.
With museums and art galleries galore, Rotterdam is the perfect destination for history buffs and culture vultures, but anyone can appreciate the asymmetrical Cube Houses, the Euromast Tower and all the other iconic buildings on display here – some of which you have to see to believe.
Shopaholics can browse the Lijnbaan and the Hoogstraat areas to grab a bargain.
Those seeking a to escape the hustle and bustle can head off the beaten path to a little park called Schoonoord that dates back to the 18th Century. Compete with a beautiful pond, botanical garden, trees and plenty of birds to spot, this is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic. Another great spot is Luchtsingel, a wooden wall that you can walk along to see the city from a different perspective.
By night, Rotterdam comes alive. It has an eclectic mix of glamorous rooftop bars and traditional pubs, hip and happening underground clubs as well as intimate concert venues.
Getting to Rotterdam has never been easier as you can choose to fly via Amsterdam (less than 30 minutes away by train), take the brand new Eurostar direct train service from London St Pancreas, hop on a ferry straight to the port, or if you’re feeling especially adventurous, take the scenic route and get a direct bus with Euroline Coaches.