Rotterdam to The Hague

A visit to the points of interest of Rotterdam including, Euromast (and view of the city), Cube houses, Erasmusbrug Bridge, De Rotterdam (and view of the city), Laurenskerk, Rotterdam Zoo and Rotterdam Oceanium, The White House, Netherlands photo museum, and various other museums, Mini World, before taking the train to The Hague

Rotterdam is a city in The Netherlands which is located in the EU and Schengen community.  Rotterdam offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Euromast (and view of the city)
  • Cube houses
  • Erasmusbrug Bridge
  • De Rotterdam (and view of the city)
  • Laurenskerk
  • Rotterdam Zoo and Rotterdam Oceanium
  • The White House
  • Netherlands photo museum and various other museums
  • Mini World, Rotterdam

You’ll find that hotels in Rotterdam are very good value.

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam, Netherlands

The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in the whole of Europe and used to be the worlds busiest port from 1962 to 2004.  On Wilhelmina Pier there is a famous hotel called Hotel New York which used to be the headquarters of Holland and America line (above between the 2 skyscapers).  This is where emigrants left Europe to America for a better life back in the day.  Nowadays it seems that The Netherlands offers a better way of life than America.  You’ll find the Netherlands Photo Museum close to the Hotel New York, it’s worth checking out which exhibit is showing before going.

Connecting Rotterdam to Wilhelminapier is the Erasmusbrug Bridge which is a landmark in itself.  On a clear day I’d recommend crossing the bridge on foot, on a day like the one pictured above when you can barely see the bridge I’d recommend taking the Rotterdam Metro over.

Rotterdam Euromast

Rotterdam Euromast

For views of the city you must ascend the Euromast (above).  I must confess I did not take the trip up to the top of the Euromast as on the day I visited, the Euromast itself was hardly visible never mind the views from up there!  I do recommend a walk out to Euromast as you will see lots of the port and boats passing through it.

An alternative point to view a panoramic of the city is from the largest building in Europe, De Rotterdam which is located on Wilhelmina Pier.  You can visit the bar at the nHow hotel which is part of the huge De Rotterdam complex.

Downtown Rotterdam

Downtown Rotterdam

Like it’s neighbor Belgium, the foods of choice are waffles or chips (fries).   I recommend that you try the chips at the stall on the main shopping street of Rotterdam at least once (above).  There are not many countries where you can enjoy such delicious local food such as the waffles knowing once you go home, there will be no more.  The question is, with all this unhealthy food, how do these guys not have an obesity probably?  Most people travel by push bike, even during times of bad weather, you’ll see lots of people traveling by bike.

From the center of Rotterdam (above) you can walk to the famous landmarks including the Cube House, White House, Laurenskerk, World Trade Center, museums, bars and restaurants.  For those who don’t feel guilty about eating lots of chips and waffles and don’t want to walk there is also splash tour.  The splash tour is a typical bus tour but the bus transforms into a boat and becomes a riverboat cruise, it’s like something from a James Bond movie!

Water Bus, Rotterdam

Water Bus, Rotterdam

There are lots of rivers and canals in Rotterdam as I mentioned it’s the biggest cruise port in Europe.  Rotterdam is well connected by train and bus and they make use of the water ways too.  There are regular water buses leaving to nearby towns and you’ll find water bus stops to catch the water bus from.  There is a UNESCO world heritage site called Kinderdijk located a water bus ride away from Rotterdam so I decided to take the water bus leaving from Rotterdam, Veer Erasmusbrug.  The water bus was not direct but the change was easy as people are very friendly, speak English and want to help you.

Kinderdijk, Netherlands

Kinderdijk, Netherlands

Kinderdijk is a UNESCO world heritage site full of what everybody wants to see in The Netherlands, windmills.  There are a total of 19 working windmills from the 18th century at Kinderdijk.  At the site you are free to walk around photographing the windmills.  If you are really interested in how they work you can take a tour of a windmill too.  You can also take a boat ride but it’s not really necessary as it’s a short distance.  Because much of the Netherlands is below sea level these windmills are necessary to manage the water levels and prevent flooding.  I would recommend visiting here on a clear day (if possible) for sunset, the photos would be so colourful and if the water was still there would be a beautiful reflection.  As you can see the day I went, I had terrible weather!

I took a direct bus back to Rotterdam from the bus stop at Kinderdijk which cost €4.

Rotterdam Metro to The Hague, €2,90, 30 minutes

Rotterdam Metro to The Hague, €2,90, 30 minutes

The Rotterdam metro takes you all the way to The Hague (Den Haag).  The cost is €2,90 for a single ticket which is will take you all the way to The Hague central station.  The trains for The Hague pass every 10 minutes so are very convenient.

 

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2017-03-29T12:16:35+00:00 March 5th, 2017|The Netherlands|17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Raymond Carroll March 6, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Nice informative post about Rotterdam. My cousin lives in Rotterdam, James – she’s been over there for 18 years and her two sons and daughter speak fluent Dutch but still have Scottish accents when they speak English. Your post has made me think about popping over there for a visit. Free accommodation – cannae whack it! Too bad it was crappy weather for you – looks like an interesting city.

  2. Alice Chen March 7, 2017 at 3:33 am - Reply

    Rotterdam looks so fun! I definitely didn’t know that waffles are the food of choice. I’m sure they were delicious! The splash tour looks amazing! A bus that transforms into a boat? Crazy!! I’m super interested in going, thanks for sharing this info!

  3. Erin March 7, 2017 at 9:31 am - Reply

    I loooooove this, it’s so helpful. Thanks for the good photos points at the top, and so good to know about the hostel and transport prices! I love ticked off UNESCO sites too, so glad there’s another one in Rotterdam!

  4. Rosie Benton March 7, 2017 at 11:13 am - Reply

    This is a super informative post – thanks for sharing your tips. We are hoping to make it to Rotterdam this year during our trip round Europe – hopefully we’ll be a bit luckier with the weather haha. The water bus looks like a cool way to travel too, never heard of that before will have to give it a go!

  5. Katie March 7, 2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    So the Netherlands looks like such a beautiful place and would love to visit Rotterdam! Those Autumn colours look amazing! Gotta love free accommodation!

  6. Cat March 7, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    This is such a helpful post for people who would like to visit Rotterdam! The Euromast somehow looks like CN Tower 😛 It’s a shame that you couldn’t go up due to the low visibility on that day. I bet the view from up there is quite nice. Kinderdijk is definitely on my list to visit if I ever go to Rotterdam!

  7. Sutee March 7, 2017 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    I have to check out Rotterdam whenever I’m in the area again. So many transit options. The Cube house and UNESCO site also sound interesting.

  8. Bhushavali March 8, 2017 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Guess what??? My luck with Windmills was just not working out both in UK & Netherlands. All I could was just see it from the bus on my way to Amsterdam! Didn’t have time to see one up close and the Windmill Museum was dismantled in London when I went there!!! Never got a chance!!!

  9. Ellis March 8, 2017 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Don’t miss Delft between Rotterdam and Gouda. I am from Holland and Delft is a lovely city.

  10. Wendy March 8, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

    it’s so close to where I live and I have never been there. Proofs again we are looking for far away destinations and forget how beautiful our own neighbourhood is.

  11. Hayley March 8, 2017 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Rotterdam looks like a great place to explore. The view from the Euromast must be awesome, its a pity the weather wasn’t great that day. Also love that you included transport prices and a map, very helpful!

  12. Janine Good March 9, 2017 at 12:28 am - Reply

    Rotterdam looks like it would be totally up my alley. I love the old school Dutch symbols as the 18th century windmills. As there are 19 here to photograph, I would love them. I also love the fact that the Netherlands has so many rivers and canals. While in Amsterdam, it was one of my favourite characteristics of the country.

  13. D of Love C and D March 25, 2017 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    I think I may have been to Rotterdam when I was very small but remember next to nothing about it. It’s nice to read more about it so thanks for sharing. The UNESCO windmill site looks great and well worth a visit, shame about the weather during your trip though. Train travel in Europe is so awesomely cheap to compared to the UK, Rotterdam to the Hague for less than £3 that’s insane!

  14. Ana Rose | Roads and Pages March 26, 2017 at 12:15 am - Reply

    Before, I would love to visit America. But as time goes by, I feel like I want to visit Netherlands more. I think it is because of my addiction to “Peter Pan.” When I was a child, I always involved Neverland to Netherland. Haha! I’ve never been there yet, but it is on my list. 🙂

  15. Urska from sliva March 26, 2017 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Been in Rotterdam and can’t say I was impressed by the city, it was too modern-city-like for me. But the Kinderdijk was awesome! We went there with bikes (plus boat) directly from Rotterdam, that was an awesome trip!

  16. michelle d March 26, 2017 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Wow Rotterdam sounds lovely! I’ve only ever been to the Netherlands once when I went to Amsterdam but thinking I may need to pop over again and visit. Thanks for the great information.

  17. Riely March 30, 2017 at 2:43 am - Reply

    Oh I have some fond memories of Rotterdam. I absolutely fell in love with this city and the people who live there. It’s so peaceful and serene. I did visit the windmills in Kinderjik and loved every minute. We took the water bus back to Rotterdam and got to see some great sights along the way. The weather was particularly nice while I visited a few years back so that helped as well. Thanks for sharing.

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