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Highlights in Rotterdam
- Exploration tour of the historic harbour and harbour tour
- modern skyscraper Willemsburg
- landmark Euromast with viewing platform
- famous Rotterdam pier Wilhelminakade
- excursion to the coastal town Bergen aan Zee
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Vacation rentals in Rotterdam
For a beautiful and exciting holiday start in Rotterdam, an apartment with a fully equipped kitchen and city view is ideal. The event centre Ahoy and the zoo Blijdorp are only a few kilometres away from the apartments. The surroundings around the apartment are ideal for cycling. Among the amenities of the apartment can be parking facilities and balcony. If you want to escape overcrowded hotels and enjoy heavenly peace, a vacation rental in the immediate vicinity of the beach is also a good choice. Beautiful dune crossings as well as the miles long beaches of the North Sea are waiting for you. Because the vacation rental is centrally located, there are several bars and shops nearby.
Holidays in Rotterdam
Location and orientation
Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam. The municipality belongs to the Randstad conurbation and is located at the mouth of the Rhine into the North Sea and in the province of Zuid-Holland in the west of the country. Rotterdam also includes the large neighbouring cities such as Dordrecht, Vlaardingen and Schiedam in the closer urban region. The city is extremely flat and lies to a large extent even below sea level. Rotterdam is divided into a southern and a northern part by the Nieuwe Maas river, a main stream of the Rhine delta. In the south there is the harbour and some settlements, while the actual city centre is in the north. Eleven official sub-communities comprise Rotterdam. These include Prins Alexander, Overschie, Noord, Kralingen-Crooswijk, Ijsselmonde, Hoogvliet, Hoek van Holland, Hillegersberg-Schiebroek, Feijenoor, Delfshaven and Charlois.
Travelers and Activities
Rotterdam is ideal for a stay with children. Kids can enjoy the best entertainment at the Plaswijck amusement park. Here you will find water slides and exciting playgrounds. The children can also travel through the canals in small electric boats at Kids Marina. In 2017, the city of Rotterdam opened its doors, and its attractions include a motor scooter, mini roller coaster, Ferris wheel and the largest water slide in Europe. And in Futureland, young people learn all about the port.A variety of shops for an exciting shopping spree
The Dutch metropolis offers a great shopping experience with large fashion stores, shoe shops and department stores. In addition, the city has a large number of specialist shops to offer. The majority of the shops are located in the centre, such as the market hall. Alexandrium and Zuidplein Mall are two large shopping centres outside the city centre. You can also shop in Amsterdam on Sundays.
Things to know
Rotterdam was founded in 1230 with the construction of a dam on the Rotte river. During the Second World War, the city centre was almost completely destroyed by a German air raid and the associated fires. Gradually, however, the city was modernised and expanded due to the strategic importance of its port.Rotterdam is known for this.
By far the largest seaport in Europe can be found in Rotterdam and is therefore of great importance in terms of traffic law. It is also the leading commercial and industrial city in the Netherlands. With the Delfste Poort and the Montevideo Tower, Rotterdam also has the highest administrative and residential building in the country. In 2001, the Dutch metropolis was, together with Porto, the European Capital of Culture. Among the most important events are the Rotterdam International Film Festival, which takes place in late January and early February, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in July.
Did you know that Rotterdam is the only city in the Netherlands with a skyline?
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In Rotterdam you can admire many interesting buildings. For example, the modern Willemsbrug, which crosses the Meuse, the White House, which was the first skyscraper in Europe, or the city's art gallery. In addition, the Wilhelminacade on the river Maas is known for its modern skyline.2. Visit numerous attractions in the harbour
The city also has a great deal of history to offer: The Dutch East India Company had its shipyards in Delfshaven. Today the harbour is considered a tourist attraction - here you can admire the warship "De Delft" from the 18th century. There is also a branch of the city's Historical Museum in Delfshaven.3. Enjoy the viewing platform
Another highlight is the Euromast with its viewing platform - from the city's landmark you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the metropolis and even as far as Belgium and the port city of Antwerp.4th harbour tour
The harbour tours are also a popular leisure activity and those who are interested in the great architecture of the city should not miss to visit the Dutch Architecture Institute - here the works of all Dutch architects from the 18th century onwards are documented.5. Undertake city excursions
If you rent a holiday home, an apartment, a loft or a apartment in Rotterdam, you also have the opportunity to visit the cosmopolitan cities of Amsterdam and The Hague. Or you get to know the advantages of the dreamlike places Zandvoort and Bergen aan Zee. No matter how you spend your free time in Rotterdam, you will love the city!