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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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

  • 70%


    Quaint Rotterdam

    A lovely city, with a different style to Amsterdam, whilst also keeping the dutch charm! Lots to do, and see, in a city that is easily explored on foot, or more typically, bike.

    Insider Tip:Withe de Withstraat is super cool, with loads of food and drinks venues.

  • 60%


    Modern City

    Rotterdam serves as a stark and modern antitode to the tourist filled alleys of Amsterdam. Come to Rotterdam for a more authentic experience of the Netherlands in this multicultural city. The centre has some fascinating modern architecture.

  • 40%


    Rotterdam, big city but nothing special

    Rotterdam is not really a highland when it comes to big cities in the Netherlands. Besides Shopping there is not really much to do. The museums are mediocre and the restaurants are quite expensive.

  • 50%


    Não deixe de passar um dia em kinderdjik! Pub imperdível na cidade: De Witte Aap. Procurem os dias com música ao vivo.

  • 80%


    City was more strict on Weed than expected.

    I only spent 1 night in Rotterdam. Hence could not reply much. Those looking for weed can only expect to find them in licensed cafe.

    Insider Tip:Good to spend 2 days around. Good place to chill out.

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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