The second largest city in the Netherlands, Rotterdam has become one of the country’s top tourist destinations due to its lively cultural life, beautiful scenery and impressive architecture. Rotterdam is served by its own airport, and is also accessible by train and ferry as well.
Accommodation prices in Rotterdam can be expensive due to its popularity with tourists and business travellers, so if you want to save money on hotel rates then we recommend booking a Hot Rate Hotel with Hotwire.
The name of Rotterdam came about after a dam was built on the River Rotte in the 1260s, and was granted city rights in 1340 by Count Willem IV. Around 100 years later the city developed a shipping canal, which then resulted in Rotterdam becoming a local transhipment centre for the country as well as providing trade links with the UK and Germany. The city was heavily bombed by the Luftwaffe during World War II, killing 900 civilians and resulted in Rotterdam having to be rebuilt in the decades that followed. The River Nieuwe Maas divides Rotterdam into a northern and southern part, with the city centre in the northern area. Rotterdam was the European Capital of Culture in 2001 along with Porto, and was represented by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, several major theatres, a zoo and aquarium, and a large congress and concert building – De Doelen.
Due to the recent developments in the city and a range of urban architectural projects, there are plenty of institutions and museums to visit in Rotterdam as well as a range of activities to enjoy. The Netherlands Architecture Institute includes an interesting museum and library, and is often used for lectures and debates, and provides an interesting insight into urban development and how the city is perceived, amongst other temporary exhibitions too. Also situated in the centre of Rotterdam is the Wereldmuseum, which houses a vast collection of art from all over the world, in spacious and airy rooms that make the atmosphere particularly relaxing. The main exhibition focuses on Asian art, with pieces from China, Tibet, Japan, Indonesia – and a Samurai exhibit which is particularly popular, and there are guides who are happy to provide further information about the exhibits should you have any questions. One of Rotterdam’s main attractions is the Erasmus Bridge, which crosses the largest harbour in Europe. Take a walk on the bridge itself to enjoy spectacular views, with the bridge itself looking particularly impressive at night. For stunning panoramic views of the city, visit the Euromast Tower and head to the top of this 328-foot landmark, which also offers amazing views of the harbour, so don’t forget your camera. There is also a restaurant halfway up, offering a different view of the city whilst you dine on delicious food. Rotterdam is also home to Feyernoord FC, so if you are visiting whilst a game is on then take the opportunity to watch the team play at their fantastic stadium.
By booking a Hot Rate Hotel with Hotwire, you can enjoy staying in some of Rotterdam’s best hotels without having to pay premium prices. With the money you save with the excellent discounts on offer, you can enjoy dining in Rotterdam’s finest restaurants, see the best landmarks that the city has to offer, or use the excellent transport links to visit other parts of the Netherlands.