Rotterdam is the second biggest city of The Netherlands and is located in South Holland. This is a major logistic and economic centre of the country and the largest port of Europe. It has a great vibe, dynamic environment, modern buildings and at the same time it is full of important historic and cultural sites, together with the classic Dutch architecture. It is often called "Gateway to Europe" or "Gateway to the World", so make sure, you put it on your list of places you have to visit in the Netherlands! Why? Read our list of TOP 5 Things To Do In Rotterdam!
1. Shop at Markthal
Markthal is a large indoor food market/food court, with several tens of stalls selling vegetables, meats, fish, cheeses, nuts and other food as well as small eateries, supermarkets, liquor shops. It was opened recently, in August 2014 and immediately became popular not only with locals, but also with travelers! Its building is as stunning, modern and shiny as Rotterdam itself, so this is also a great example of local architecture and lifestyle - new, innovative and modern. Visit it and enjoy your shopping!
2. Skydive Rotterdam
When you want to combine a unique experience with a great view over the city of Rotterdam, you can make a (tandem) skydive at Skydive Rotterdam. You can book a tandem skydive or do a complete skydiving course and jump from a height of 3 or 4 kilometers. Except adrenaline and unforgettable emotions, you will also have amazing views, of course, if the weather is clear, and have an experience that not all of the tourists would even dare to have! Feel like you are having wings, fly and enjoy Rotterdam!
3. Spend a day on a beach
The closest good beach is a short train ride away at Hook of Holland. As an alternative option, you can visit Scheveningen, one of the districts between Rotterdam and The Hague. This is, probably, one of the most famous beaches in the entire country. It is known for its beautiful pier that has an event complex on it and a sixty meter high look-out-platform that even allows you to bungee jump of it! And of course, this is a great area with a lot of bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs. This is a great place for relaxation, sun bathing, swimming and having a good time!
4. See windmills of Rotterdam
Windmills are the true symbol not only of Rotterdam, but of the entire country! So visiting the city, make sure you dedicate some time for visiting them as well! However, not like other cities (and especially countryside areas), Rotterdam has only seven windmills left. De Ster and De Lelie are open to visitors on a regular basis, others have rules and special time when they are opening for the public. A blue flag also indicates that the mill is available for visiting.
5. Go for sightseeing
Of course, Rotterdam itself is exciting an beautiful. Go for sightseeing and don't miss its most famous and important spots such as the City Hall, Saint Lawrence Church, Erasmus Monument, etc. Visit its famous museums, including Maritime Museum, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Kunsthal, The New Institute, and others. And... why not to go to its Zoo and Botanic Garden that are also popular among visitors of any age? And definitely visit its harbors that have a spirit and unforgettable atmosphere of old history and adventures!
In a few words, be ready for surprises! Being such an exceptional mix of history and innovations, traditions and new technologies, Rotterdam will impress you whatever you do and wherever you go! Be curious and explore he city in your own unique way!