Cube Houses, © Can Stock / peterkirillov
Visit Rotterdam – Historical Tram
Ride the Historical Tram City Tour Line 10 for a great way to visit Rotterdam. The Historical Tram hop on – hop off city tour includes the Erasmus Bridge, the Euromast, Delfshaven, the Spido, Central Station and the Museum Park. Because the attractions when you visit Rotterdam are so spread out, it’s an easy way to get an overview of the city. Be sure to time your visit, because the Historical Tram only operates in July and August and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Spido Harbour Tour & Euromast, © Can Stock / jank1000
Visit Rotterdam – Euromast Tower
The Euromast Tower is a 328 foot high viewpoint over the city. Try viewing, dining or rappelling. Tourists are better off to skip the Pancake Boat at the base of the tower, because it caters to local children’s parties. Take a Rotterdam Harbor Cruise with Spido instead. Spido harbor tours are about 10 minutes east of the Euromast Tower by taxi. Or try Raderstoomboot De Majesteit – a luxury paddle steamer that cruises the harbor while serving dinner.
Raderstoomboot De Majesteit Paddle Steamer
Visit Rotterdam – SS Rotterdam
SS Rotterdam originally transported emigrants to New York, but the steamship is now a museum. SS Rotterdam is on the opposite bank of the river from most other attractions. Also near the SS Rotterdam is the Vertical City (De Rotterdam) and the Hotel New York. Hotel New York used to be the headquarters for Holland America Line, but they moved their headquarters to Seattle, Washington.
Markthal Market, © Pixabay / vzoest0
Rotterdam Cube Houses
The Rotterdam Cube Houses are inter-connected cube homes tilted 45 degrees. The Cube Houses don’t have normal straight cornered walls inside. These houses are private homes and public viewing will depend on whether an individual owner allows visitors. The Cube Houses can be reached by bus or metro traveling to Blaak Station near the Old Harbour.
The Markethal is at the opposite end of the square from the Cube Houses. The Markethal indoor market provides yet another example of unique Rotterdam architecture. The design of the building is almost as interesting as the variety of foods available in the Markethal market.
Delfshaven, Visit Rotterdam, © Can Stock / rbouwman
Visit Rotterdam – More Sights
Delfshaven – includes the Museum Rotterdam, the Shipyard De Delft, the Old Mill and the Pilgrim Fathers Church, whose members left in 1620 to catch the Mayflower to America.
Old Harbour – includes the White House “skyscraper” built in 1898. A popular place to have a drink or a meal.
Maeslant Barrier – modern engineering protecting Rotterdam from flooding.
Arboretum Trompenburg – botanical garden.
Rotterdam Zoo, Miniworld Rotterdam miniature train displays and Plaswijckpark – small, family oriented theme park.
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and Wereldmuseum for fine art.
Summer Carnival and Wereldhavendagen World Port Days in September.