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How to Spend 3 Days in Rotterdam

How to Spend 3 Days in Rotterdam

Home to some of Europe’s most innovative architecture, the port city of Rotterdam has plenty of appeal. Over three days, you can sail on Europe’s largest harbor, admire cutting-edge urban design, and discover the history of Rotterdam’s post-World War II reinvention. Here’s how to spend 72 hours in the Netherlands’ second city.

Day 1: On the Waterfront

Start your exploration of Rotterdam by jumping on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Tickets are typically valid for 24 or 48 hours, and let you disembark and board the bus as often as you like; traveling this way gives you the flexibility to create your own itinerary. Routes typically cover the swan-shaped pylons of the Erasmus Bridge and the cultural zone of Museumpark, plus much more. 

Afterward, take the glass elevator to the Euromast observation deck, which at 314 feet (96 meters) promises excellent views of the city’s ever-changing skyline. While there, have lunch or dinner at one of the on-site eateries. The harbor area has plenty of other eating and drinking options to choose from, such the Art Nouveau Hotel New York, located in the former headquarters of the Holland America Line.

Day 2: Old and New Rotterdam

Spend your second morning on a walking tour of Rotterdam, which tend to cover its modern architecture and reveal pre- and post-WWII history that you’re unlikely to find in the guidebook. Explore Piet Blom’s bizarre Cube Houses and get transported back several centuries in tiny Delfshaven, a classic Dutch district crammed with gabled houses and warehouses that escaped the bombing raids of World War II. Make sure you save time to pop into the 15th-century Oude Kerk (Old Church).

Afterward, discover the delights of Dutch cuisine on a private culinary tour, which can be tailored to your dietary requirements and preferences. Food-themed tours typically visit the Kruiskade and Chinatown neighborhoods, as well as the Market Hall (Markthal). Staple samples tend to include pickled herring,Stroopwafel, and krokets. 

Day 3: Boats and Bulbs

Take a ferry across the River Maas from Willemsplein to the steamship SS Rotterdam, which was once the glamorous flagship of the Holland America Line. It’s been thoroughly dusted down and is now open for tours of the engine room, bow, and bridge.

If you’re visiting in spring, take a full-day tour to see the spring bulb fields around Lisse and Keukenhof, one of the world’s biggest flower gardens. Tours typically include free time to admire the vast carpets of flowers, explore themed gardens, and absorb the color and fragrance of millions of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. If you’re visiting out of season, see another icon of the Dutch landscape by taking the Waterbus to the UNESCO-listed windmills and polders of Kinderdijk. Back in Rotterdam, head to the buzzing warehouses of Westelijk Handelsterrein for dinner and late-night clubbing.

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Keukenhof Garden and Flower Fields Day Tour from Rotterdam

Keukenhof Garden and Flower Fields Day Tour from Rotterdam

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Feast your eyes on the Netherlands’ spring bulb fields and Keukenhof Garden on a full-day trip from Rotterdam. See the vast carpets of flowers around Lisse, and visit Keukenhof, one of the world’s biggest flower gardens. Explore the lawns, ponds, and woodlands independently, absorbing the color and fragrance of the millions of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. Visit flower exhibitions, restaurants, and shops. Return coach transportation, onboard commentary, and entrance fees included.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$92.81
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Private Walking Food Tour of Rotterdam

Private Walking Food Tour of Rotterdam

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Discover the delights of Dutch cuisine on a private walking tour tailor-made for foodies. Admire Rotterdam landmarks such as the Groothandelsgebouw, Markthal, and Town Hall; explore atmospheric neighborhoods like Kruiskade and Chinatown; browse the stalls of the new Markethall; and sample local delicacies such as herring, Stroopwafel, and krokets.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.38
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Private Tour: Rotterdam Walking Tour Including Harbor Cruise

Private Tour: Rotterdam Walking Tour Including Harbor Cruise

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Discover the different facets of Rotterdam with a customizable itinerary on this half-day private walking tour that ends with a relaxing cruise. With the help of your personalized guide, admire the city’s modern architecture as well as the buildings that survived WWII. Wander around Museumpark, the Rotterdam Centrum and the Old Harbor dating back to the 14th century. Make sure to visit Piet Blom’s Cubic Houses before kicking back on a boat cruise along Rotterdam Harbor.
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  • 4 hours
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$143.44
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Private Rotterdam Walking Tour Including Cube House Entrance

Private Rotterdam Walking Tour Including Cube House Entrance

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See the best of Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ dynamic second city, on this private 3-hour walking tour. With your own personal guide, you’ll get a glimpse into the city’s past, present and future as you explore top sights and architectural highlights such as the Old Harbor, the cutting-edge Rotterdam Market Hall (Markthal) and Rotterdam Central Station. In addition to the services of a private guide, this tour includes admission to the city’s iconic cube houses.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.61
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Cultural Walking Tour in Rotterdam

Cultural Walking Tour in Rotterdam

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Rotterdam is known for its history, art, and architecture, but it can be hard to tick off all of the city’s cultural highlights on a self-led excursion. Benefit from insights provided by an art historian on a walking tour of the city and explore iconic landmarks including the Markthal, Timmerhuis, and Erasmus Bridge. Along the way, pause for snacks and gain insight into daily life in the city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Euromast Lookout Tower: Enjoy a Spectacular 360 View of Rotterdam

Euromast Lookout Tower: Enjoy a Spectacular 360 View of Rotterdam

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Avoid on-the-day disappointment and guarantee a panoramic view of Rotterdam with advanced purchase of a ticket to the iconic Euromast. Enjoy included access to the Euroscoop glass elevator ride, or opt to unwind with a visit to one of the on-site eateries. Capture memorable snaps of Europe’s largest port city from the 185-meter summit, taking advantage of extended opening hours to visit at a time that suits you.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
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Architecture Highlights Walking Tour in Rotterdam

Architecture Highlights Walking Tour in Rotterdam

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Discover the beautiful, modern architecture of Rotterdam during a 2.5-hour small-group walking tour through the city center. See key architectural landmarks such as the Rotterdam Central Station, the Lijnban, the Markthal, the Erasmus Bridge and much more. Learn more about the history of the buildings from your architect guide and snap photos of your favorite structures to admire later.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Skip the Line: SS Rotterdam Steam Ship Entrance Ticket

Skip the Line: SS Rotterdam Steam Ship Entrance Ticket

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Take a break from sightseeing in the city and discover a symbol of Holland’s history on a visit to SS Rotterdam. Learn about the ship’s past as you explore her upper decks, or gain insight into nautical travel on a visit to her engine rooms. Take advantage of extended daily opening hours to visit the family-friendly attraction at a time that suits you.
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  • 1 hour
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