Sights of Rotterdam

Tips

The Netherlands
in General:



- The tourist information centers in the Netherlands are often called VVV. Look for signs vvv.

- The Netherlands don't use the 1 or 2 cents coins. Cash amount will be rounded to 5 cents.

- Electricity in the Netherlands is 230 volts coming from a two round pin socket.

- The big tourist attraction Keukenhof is only open from mid-March to mid-April.

- King’s Day (Koningsdag) is on April 27. Wearing something orange is recommended!

- Last but not least, taste the Poffertjes!!! (mini pancakes)




Rotterdam:


- Get the Rotterdam Welcome Card including public transportation for 1, 2 or 3 days as well as discounts to museums and attractions. Available at the VVV Toerist Office, Coolsingel 114, Rotterdam.

- For just public transport you can get a Toerist Day Ticket, valid for bus, tram, metro and waterbus (not valid for the train or special transport like the historic tram).

- When you visit Rotterdam by car, know that parking can be a problem. Parking meters on the street don't take coins, just bank or credit card.

- Rotterdam center is a Low Emission Zone (Milieu Zone). Not Allowed are cars on gasoline with a registration date before 1 January 1992. For diesel vehicles a registration of 1 January 2001 applies. From 2018, this evironmental requirement for diesel vehicles will be tightened to 1 January 2005.

- The Market Hall is open all week but the open air market in the center is there only on Tuesday and Saturday.

- When you see a place called "Bram Ladage" check out their great Dutch Fries (Patat).

- Top 12 of what to do or see in Rotterdam: Market Hall, Euromast, Erasmus Bridge, SS Rotterdam, Delfshaven, Spido Boat Tours, Maritime Museum, HAL Building, Blijdorp Zoo, Cube Houses, Historic Tram Line 10, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

- The best scenic places near Rotterdam are Kinderdijk, Delft, Dordrecht, Gouda, Schiedam and the Biesbosch National Park.

- You don't know how to get to places like the Maritime Museum, Veerhaven, ss Rotterdam, Euromast, Watertower (the Esch), the Kuip, Delfshaven or the shipyard for historic ship The Delft? The easy way is take the watertaxi. Go to one of the yellow jetties and simply give them a phone call.

Watertaxi Stop
Pick up or Drop off point for the watertaxi


- Leijnse Stadstours has nice excursions to places around Rotterdam. Highly recommend are Delft and Kinderdijk
but places like Gouda, Schiedam, Dordrecht, The Hague, Leiden and Utrecht are also nice to visit.

- Easy to overlook but close to the Market Hall there's between the Pannenkoekstraat and the Botersloot a square with some unique shops, boutiques, restaurants and the liberty statue Maagd van Holland (1874).

- Close to the Maritime Museum you will find the Witte de Withstraat with lots of bars, restaurants and a few art galleries.

- Take a nice walk in one of the parks, like The Park at the Euromast or Kralingse Bos with the lake and 2 windmills. For the garden lover there's the botanical garden Arboretum Trompenburg.

- Rent a boat and sail the canals or lakes of Rotterdam. There's a sloop for rent close to the Market Hall on the Lombardkade near number 46. Reservate a sloop.

- The windmills of Kinderdijk near Rotterdam are a World Heritage site and a must visit when in the Netherlands.

- Visit beach resort Hoek van Holland (Sounds as Hook of Holland, but it means Corner of Holland). See ships enter the port of Rotterdam, visit the Fort, explore WW2 bunkers or get in your swimsuit.

- Tram Museum Romeo is open every first Saturday of the month. Address: Kootsekade 19. Just around the corner there's the Prinsenmolen Park for a nice walk between the river Rotte and lake Bergse Voorplas.

- Visit the website of Ahoy for an overview of all upcoming events at the Ahoy Events Centre in Rotterdam.

- See all the interesting locations of Rotterdam HERE on google maps.

- Rent a bike or book one of the walk or bike tours.

- Download the Rotterdam Tourist app in the Google Play or Apple Store.




Schiedam:


- Take the canal cruise, departure from the Vismarkt. Sails from 13 April to 27 October at 11:30, 13:30 and 15:00 on all days except Monday.

- Visit Museum Windmill the Walvisch (close to the Vismarkt) from Tuesday to Sunday between 11.00 – 17.00.




The Hague:


- Cylindric painting Panorama Mesdag.

- Girl with a Pear Earring at the Mauritshuis Museum.

- Beach resort Scheveningen and Madurodam miniature city.




Gouda:


- Go on Thursday morning between 10:00 and 12:30 to the Cheese Market (From begin April to end August).




Delft:


- Walk to the Oostpoort, the only remaining city gate of Delft.

- Visit windmill the Roos and one of the Delft Blue Pottery's.

- Go to Museum Prinsenhof.






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