Skyline of Rotterdam, Netherlands.


It has been likened to a ‘Dutch Brooklyn’, thanks to its plethora of striking architecture, cool concept shops and thriving underground club culture. Rotterdam to those in the know (and if you are reading this, consider this to be YOU!) has undergone quite the revelatory transformation in recent years. From an uninspiring port town to a dazzling design destination – an indomitable treasure trove of modern architecture, quirky eateries and thought-provoking art galleries.

It’s time to look beyond Amsterdam and consider an alternative in the shape of Rotterdam. It is a city that wears many hats – it’s a thriving port city, with an on-trend nightlife, a sophisticated shopping destination with anart and design scene to rival the coolest of cultural hotspots.

Above all, when you think of design in Europe, surely Rotterdam springs to mind? It’s worth a visit for the architecture alone. It pushes boundaries, showcases innovation and continuously inspires. Rotterdam’s skyline is always changing. There are many things to do as you navigate your way around Rotterdam’s skyscrapers. You can go on a shopping spree, enjoy some of the city’s excellent food, and visit a range of exciting museums and attractions in and around the city centre. So let’s get started!

one of the best clubs in rotterdam

After dark: A guide to Rotterdam nightlife

Varied, vibrant and not to be missed, welcome to the exciting landscape that makes up the exciting landscape that is Rotterdam nightlife. From gin bars and microbreweries to laid back evenings over dinner or dancing until the sun comes up at one of the city’s best nightclubs. However you want to end your days out in Rotterdam, there’s an evening with your name on it.

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A guide to the best Rotterdam museums

Oh hey there museum lover! If perusing galleries and museums is high up on your list of priorities when visiting a new city, then Rotterdam is the city for you. It is home to some of the best art, artefacts and exhibitions in the Netherlands and Rotterdam is often described as the Netherlands’ architecture and design capital – and when you survey the architecture of the city, it’s easy to see why.

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Top 6 things to do in Rotterdam

Whether you are a fan of cutting-edge design, concept cuisine or crazily-tilted towers, then Rotterdam is probably for you. From microbreweries and markets to maritime museums and meandering around some of the coolest neighbourhoods in the Netherlands, here are some of our favourite things to do in Rotterdam.

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Rotterdam vs Amsterdam: Which is best?

Which city should you give a… dam about? We know that you know that the Netherlands is having a bit of a moment right now. However, whilst there are some awesome cities and towns to check out, if you truly want to see the best of the Netherlands in one trip, it really does comes down to two cities – Rotterdam and Amsterdam.