The young, vibrant city of Rotterdam is teeming with life, stunning architecture and home to Europe’s biggest port. The perfect place to visit on a minicruise, you can see all the best of Netherland’s ‘second city’ in a relatively short time thanks to its excellent public transport system. To help you plan your time effectively, there are a number of essential things to do in Rotterdam you can add to your minicruise itinerary.
Breakfast of Champions
At least one morning you will feel your belly rumble for the taste of an authentic Dutch breakfast. Fuel yourself for the day ahead by visiting Picknick, a charming little breakfast and lunch bar close to the Blaak Market that serves up organic, homemade grub. Opt for the picnic breakfast shelf for a full meal of farm cheese, egg, homemade bread, gravy and a scone with jam and cream.
Rotterdam boasts some fantastic museums, many of which are conveniently located in the Museumpark district. Start by exploring the Natural History Museum before getting arty in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, where you can experience a comprehensive journey through Dutch and European artwork.
Shop Till You Drop
Rotterdam is the home of Europe’s first purpose-built pedestrian-only shopping area, so shopaholics will feel right at home here. The historic street now forms part of the Lijnbaan Kwartier, the city’s main shopping hub, where you can find anything from high-end fashion to specialised boutiques. For more independent retailers, head to Witte de Withstraat for plenty of chic options.
Make a Splash
Get a full tour of the city and then hold your breath as your tour bus transforms into a boat and continues on a harbour tour on the River Meuse. Splashtours’ amphibious vehicle is a favourite with families and young children and your ticket can be combined with all sorts of other activities and experiences.
Walk it Off
Rotterdam contains some of the most striking and innovative modern architecture in the world. See all the best the city has to offer on one of the many walking tours across the city and spot the daring new designs that make this city such a hub for pioneering architecture.
If you’ve opted for a Motorist Minicruise you can enjoy a self-drive adventure to all the quaint areas surrounding Rotterdam. Take your pick from the Netherland’s favourite seaside resort The Hague or the picturesque historical town of Delft.
Taking a Bite
When lunchtime rolls along there are few places better to visit than Rotterdam Markthal, the newly opened architectural and foodie hub. Known as the ‘Food Mecca of the Netherlands’, this culinary core is packed full of specialty producers, restaurants and cafés.
See the Sky
Situated in a crow’s nest style position with unbeatable panoramic views of the Rotterdam skyline, the Euromast is the tallest building in the city, standing at an impressive 185 metres. Whether you want to brunch in style or get the best snaps of the city, the iconic landmark is a must for visitors.
With a multitude of different dining options available, Rotterdam is the perfect place for foodies. For hearty brasserie-style fare, head to Dudok restaurant while traditional Dutch food can be found at the small storefront known as Het Eethuisje.
Party the Night Away
Treat yourself to a night on the town as a reward for a long day of sightseeing. The city’s trendy nightlife scene offers everything from tiki bars, basement jazz clubs and beer gardens. For an intimate night of drinks and dancing head to the exclusive nightclub Club Vie.
From tucking into local cuisine to riding an amphibious vehicle, there are countless things to do in Rotterdam to suit every visitor’s taste.