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. Available at the VVV Toerist Office, Coolsingel 114, Rotterdam.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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 fountain Virgin of Holland.

- 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 Kralingse Bos or the Park next to the Euromast. For the garden lover there's the botanical garden Arboretum Trompenburg.

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

- Visit beach resort "Hoek van Holland" and see ships enter the port of Rotterdam, visit the Fort, explore WW2 bunkers or get in your bathing suit.

- Read the list of companies where you can go to the toilet for free.

- See all the interesting locations on the map of Rotterdam.

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

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




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 to the Cheese Market (From 5 April to 30 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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