Explore the Gateway to Europe
A modern city with an old soul, discover the Netherland’s only skyline shaped by contemporary architecture. Vibrant and multicultural, Rotterdam has risen from the ashes of war to become an international commercial center that’s home to a lively arts scene, world-renowned architecture, and rich maritime heritage.
Rebuilt through much of the 1950s and 1990s, the city’s now iconic contemporary glass buildings stand in stunning contrasts to pre-war landmarks like the Het Schielandshuis, a 17th-century palace where Napoleon once stayed and a handsome 15th-century bronze statue of Desiderius Erasmus. Soak up the city’s eclectic architecture while walking in search of a stroopwafel or choose from a variety of cuisines from the food stalls at Markthal. You won’t go hungry in this unlikely culinary capital. Picturesque Oude Haven (Old Harbour) offers everything from Michelin-star quality restaurants to quaint cafes in a romantic setting.
Afterward, cycle along Rotterdam’s extensive bike lanes to explore Chinatown and the seven-hectare Arboretum Trompenburg or hop in a Thai-inspired tuk-tuk to see the city’s many museums like the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis to see works by Dutch Masters Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Warhol. History buffs will love the Maritime Museum where you can learn more about Rotterdam's naval history and tour the Museumschip de Buffel, a fully-restored 19th-century gunboat.