City Guide Rotterdam, Netherlands

Visiting Rotterdam

Dating back to around 1250, the first settlement in Rotterdam was around the River Rotte by a group of fishermen. Ninety years later it received city status in the Netherlands. Today, it is part of a region known as The Randstad. It also home to the world’s largest port.

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Netherlands Podcasts

Amsterdam - Ask the locals

In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty takes to the streets of Amsterdam to ask the locals where are their favourite places to eat, drink and more. He finds out where is good for couscous and what is the year's best festival among other things.

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10 Things You Need To Know About Amsterdam

Find out the best way to get around the canals in Amsterdam, its best museums and more with Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty.

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Rotterdam City Reviews

  • 60%



    Rotterdam is a nice city although there is not alot to do. We did however hire vespas from www.hollandvespatours.nl/ and I have to say its been the highligh of our european trip so far. If you want to see the country side on a vespa guided by GPS then I would highly recommend this while you are in Rotterdam. Amazing experience and Value.

  • 70%


    Too morden

    I was finding culture and sights to see, but being newly reconstructed after the bombing. It was very city-like. The Erasmusbrug was really cool to see, an architecture marvel indeed. And Oude Haven near the Cube Houses was really a captivating sight.

    Insider Tip:Do try to go on a Saturday when the local street markets will be on full swing!

  • 90%



    Beautiful city. It's essentially a smaller, cheaper, quainter version of Amsterdam with all the charm of its larger brother

    Insider Tip:Go here rather than Amsterdam

  • 80%


    A hidden gem

    I never really heard of a lot of people going to Rotterdam, but I met a dutch guy in Prague who lived there and recommended it to me. Since my trip was kinda unplanned, I decided to make it happen and I'm super happy that I did! I would easily recommend Rotterdam over Amsterdam. It's a very unique port city with a lot of cool new architecture and you aren't running into tourists who just wanna get screwed up at every corner like in Amsterdam.

    Insider Tip:Just spending some time walking around and seeing all the cool architecture can consume a lot of time. Also, since Rotterdam is the world's biggest port city, I would recommend the Dutch Maritime Museum. I'm not much of a museum person, but I really enjoyed this one.

  • 90%


    The city of tall buildings

    Very tall and awesome looking buildings and also some interesting architecture (cube houses). You can manage your trip with english.

    Insider Tip:If you're scared of drug dealers stay away from side streets.

Netherlands: Itinerary

The Netherlands is the perfect destination for those of you who might not have all the time in the world. Because distances between the major cities are really short, this allows you to see much of the country in a short space of time. As well as this, bicycles are the preferred mode of transport for many visitors because the Netherlands is almost completely flat meaning that you don't have to be a seasoned cyclist to take on a journey. Bicycles only cost a few dollars a day to rent but many rail passes will also earny you a discount so there are no excuses. On yer bike...

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