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

  • 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.

  • 60%



    politicians in Rotterdam want everyone to smoke outside since all the coffeshops wasn't aloud to have customers to sit and chill. Just a few selected around midtown, where the prices where overpriced since they had monopoly. Unfair to all the other coffeshops there! that has sitting aria but not allowed by the city to serve or seat people.

    Insider Tip:the reef. coolest coffee place decor of over 100 places i been in the Netherlands. Feels like big weird futuristic shark tank you sit inn, with water falling down the windows close to the big outdoor marked where you could see some cool architecture buildings, some people come just for the architecture there.

  • 60%


    Go there if you're interested in modern architecture

    There isn't much to see apart from the unique architecture in the city. There's a shopping street somewhere, but prices aren't that cheap most of the time.

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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