Things to do in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is regarded as Europe’s busiest and largest port

Aside from having one of the world’s busiest ports. Rotterdam also sits at the crossroads of major road, air, and rail transportation systems in Europe. The city has beautiful modern architecture sprawled at the city center, plus a variety of holiday destinations in and out. If you are planning to go backpacking around Europe, Rotterdam is a great starting point.


Things to do in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is one of the largest cities in Netherlands, second only to Amsterdam in terms of population. If you want to go to Amsterdam, you can either take the plane or the train going there. However, you should not be too quick to dismiss this city, there’s a lot of things to do in Rotterdam for every budget, as well as every interest.


Rotterdam Zoo

One amazing tourist spot in the city is the Rotterdam Zoo. It houses various animals from different parts of the world, plus an aquarium where you can see a range of sea and coastal dwellers.



Visiting museums will also take a huge chunk of your time when you spend your holiday in Rotterdam. Some of the most notable museums are the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Maritime Museum, and Kunsthal.


When to go to Rotterdam

Rotterdam features a mild oceanic climate that is more temperate than the other cities located further inland. Annual temperatures vary from an average July high of 22.2 °C (72 °F) to an average January low of 0.8 °C (33.4 °F). Rainfall is spread evenly throughout the year and snowfall is not very often in winter.


Sporting events

Rotterdam loves different kinds of sports, as evident in the city’s many yearly events. In February, the city hosts the Rotterdam Open which is an international tennis tournament held annually. Another sports event, the Rotterdam Marathon, takes place between April and June. The Bavaria City Race, an F1 racing event, is held every August.


The Summer Carnival

If you want to witness different cultural shows, visit the city around July in time for the Summer Carnival.

Rotterdam Facts

Population618 467
AirportRotterdam, Netherlands (RTM)

Rotterdam average temperatures

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Rotterdam - Van Nellefabriek

Considered one of the icons of 20th century industrial architecture, Van Nellefabriek is a complex of factories listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was designed according to the ideal model of a workplace providing pleasant working conditions and modern architecture, with the facades of the buildings consisting mainly on glass and steel.

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NN Marathon Rotterdam

Every year in April Rotterdam attracts lots of athletes looking for a challenge in the most popular marathon in the Netherlands, NN Marathon Rotterdam. The race has a beautiful course, good weather conditions and is very flat. The marathon is most known for its fast times, professional organization and all of the many enthusiastic supporters you’ll find along the course. And of course, how running friendly the course is since it is fast, but still traffic free and safe. If you’re not ready for a full marathon just yet they also have a ¼ marathon (10km) and a mini marathon at 4.2 km. If you run a marathon in Rotterdam you will not only experience a good run, but also a beautiful city with amazing culture

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