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

  • 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.

  • 80%


    Rotterdam is amazing

    A city presents an architecture really great, and if you go to Amsterdam you can have an other perspective of the Holland.

  • 100%



    It's a great city to take a walk. Buildings, bridges and sculptures are overwhelmingly beautiful. If you like to take pictures, this will be the perfect place for you. Weather was perfect when I went there. (And it was winter!) It is also a great place for shopping, since they have an open-air mall, which is big. They also have many restaurants and snack bars where you can eat at a small price if you want to. Their nightlife is known to be great, so it's worth to give it a go.

  • 70%


    Rotterdam and Kinderdijk

    We didn't get to tour Rotterdam as much as we would have like, but we did rent bikes and biked to Kinderdijk to see the 19 windmills which is a definite must see. It is pretty easy to get there from Rotterdam on bike, be sure to dress accordingly because on the way back it got a little cold.

    Insider Tip:Tour the windmills in Kinderdijk!

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    An Alternative To Amsterdam

    Once is enough for me. Amsterdam is really chaotic, especially in the summer. Its hard to find a room at a resonable price or for a short stay. Rotterdam on the other hand is only a 45-60 minute train ride away & it makes for a more tranquil experience but you can still have a Dutch experience there...probably more Dutch than Amsterdam if you consider 80% of the people around are tourists.

    Insider Tip:Get a bicyle and you can get from anywhere to anywhere easily. Trams and public transport is expensive and slow...so a bike is definitely the way to go. Hire one or steal one you find in the street. They are lying around all over the place.

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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