Wander off like a do-rist

Rotterdam is never boring. Follow in the footsteps of Rotterdam’s locals, to experience the city as it really is. Check out their favourites but mostly, follow your own path.

Do Rotterdam like a local

For local delicacies, visit the Rotterdamse Oogstmarkt, a delicious and sustainable farmers’ market on Noordplein. Look for yourself in the 1664 mirrors of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, the very first public art depot in the world. Take a watertaxi to Marconistraat: the port industry can still be felt here, alongside the new Makers District M4H, which houses a lot of creatives (Studio Roosegaarde, Atelier Van Lieshout). Rent a bike to explore the area, take a look at the Floating Farm where futuristic farming takes place. Then visit the nearby Weelde, a creative free state where you can stop for a drink and a snack. The most beautiful park is Het Park at the Euromast, where lush greenery and iconic architecture meet right next to the city centre. When visiting Het Park, don’t forget to stop by the hidden historic gardens of Schoonoord. More local tips? Check www.dorotterdam.com.


Must sees in Rotterdam




Harbour, beach & nature


Art & Culture



Our local Joni (multidisciplinary autonomous artist and owner of @studiokling) will make you see Rotterdam as a mini New-York ✨

"The reason that I invite friends to my neighbourhood Noord is @gallery_untitled – which is unexpectedly located in an old school building, in the middle of a small residential area – in the heart of the Liskwartier. But North, East, South, or West… West has the very best; at the small @rootgallery , great ambitions are expressed in contemporary art, and the established @franktaalgallery has an impressive portfolio of national and international artists."

Check out our #linkinbio to read more about our locals favourite hidden gems in Rotterdam 💎
Discover art in public spaces 🎨

Every week we take a look at an artistic highlight. Today we hightlight: Sculpture Terrace Westersingel 🗿

The impressive collection of sculptures from Sculpture International Rotterdam with the three figureheads of Rotterdam – the Zadkine, the Gabo and the Moore – can be admired for free every day. This international collection, part of which can be found on the Westersingel, is part of Rotterdam’s entire collection of artworks, the City Collection @cbkrotterdam 

📷1 Jannes Linders

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Discover Rotterdam art in public spaces 🎨

The public spaces in Rotterdam are filled with art. While you're out for a walk, you will come across sculptures and murals by top local, national and international artists. Every week we will take a look at an artistic highlight. Today we hightlight: Urban Sun during The Solar Biennale☀️

From 9 September to 20 October it's time for The Solar Biennale. The Solar Biennale brings an ode to the sun and shows how we can capture and use its energy in all kinds of meaningful ways. It is time to create space for wonder, design and imagination 🌞

During the opening weekend on 10 and 11 September from 9pm - 11 pm Urban Sun will be on display at the foot of the iconic Erasmus Bridge. Urban Sun by @roosegaarde @daanroosegaarde is an innovative design installation that can reduce the presence of the coronavirus in public spaces using a safe, new far-UVC 222 nanometer light. For two evenings it will form the spectacular backdrop of a program of spoken word, dance and conversations under its extraordinary light 🌇

Check out our #linkinbio for more art & culture inspiration 🎨

📷 @ossipvanduivenbode

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Do you fancy an art festival? Our local and artist Eveline will tell you all about it! 🖼️🎨 ‘We hold the street art festival ALL CAPS from 4 to 11 September in the Feijenoord district of Rotterdam-Zuid. Call it an open-air museum. ALL CAPS features national and international artists who will each create a mural. And I will be there too, in front of an empty wall that needs to be filled. At a good spot, near the Albeda entrance at Station Zuid.’ Curious for more favourites from our locals? Check out our #linkinbio 💚

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Hey Do-rist 💚 No plans for this weekend yet? Time to discover the harbour during the World Port Days in Rotterdam on 2, 3 and 4 September! 

⚓ E1 demo presented by Purpose Pole Position
The Racebird, E1's electric hydrofoil racing boat, will be on display every day in a demo, where the high speed (up to 93 km/h), enormous maneuverability and futuristic design of the racing boat will be shown to the public. It is a unique opportunity to experience a new era of racing on water with your own eyes 🚤

⚓ The largest escape room during the World Port Days
Practice your smart skills during the Real Life Game in the mega-sized escape room in the Schiecentrale! In teams of up to 5 people, you take on the challenge of finding 'your way out' as quickly as possible 🔓

⚓ Sailing ship De Amazone
Experience the World Port Days from the water on the classic three-masted sailing ship De Amazone. Taste the atmosphere! The gaff-rigged sails and authentic ship's paneling take you back to the maritime time of the past ⛵

Check out @wereldhavendagenrotterdam for the full program 💚

📷 @bywieneke

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From the 4th till the 11th of September it's time for ALL CAPS 🧑‍🎨
@allcaps_rotterdam is the most important street art festival in The Netherlands. Once again, they will bring national and international artists to the Feyenoord district of Rotterdam South 🌍🏢

Every day you can go out and see the artists at work, solo or with one of their guided tours 🚶 Next to this INSIGHT program, there are also a lot of ongoing activities to see and visit at the HQ (Korte Stadionweg 103B). For example:

🎨 Jelmer Noordeman: Projection Art 
Besides painting a mural, Jelmer Noordeman will also show you his incredible video art.

🎨 Dutch Graffiti Library 
Dutch Graffiti Library will set up a small pop-up exhibition called 'About Graffiti Culture' Enjoy images and object that arose from the graffiti culture of the 80s and 90s.

Check out @allcaps_rotterdam for more information and activities 🎟️

📸 @chiquitasky
🎨 @insa_gram

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Architecture Tuesday 💗🏢

Every week we take a look at an architectural highlight in the city. Today we highlight: The White House

The White House (Het Witte Huis) is a building and National Heritage Site built in 1898 in the Art Nouveau style. The White House was the very first skyscraper in Europe and one of the few buildings in the center of town that survived the bombing raid on May 14, 1940 during World War II.  When we look at the buildings of today it's hard to imagine that this was once the tallest building 🤍🏠

📷 @oilllllllllly

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World Port Days ⚓🚢
On 2,3 and 4 September we celebrate the 45th edition of the World Port Days in Rotterdam 🏗️ Be amazed by the many shows on the water of the Maas, walk along the quays and enjoy the beautiful ships. Or book your excursions and dive even deeper into the world of the port of Rotterdam. Check out @wereldhavendagenrotterdam for more information 🪢⛴️

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Looking for experimental sustainable buildings in Rotterdam? Our local Brenda knows them all! 🌍🏢 'Rotterdam's first wooden building, Sawa, is an excellent example of experimental sustainable building. Unlike concrete, which involves massive CO2 emissions, wooden structures are known to store CO2. The Fenix 1 building can also be seen as sustainable, because new homes have been built on top of an existing listed warehouse.' Check out our #linkinbio for more architectural favourites 💗🏠
Want to see the city as you never seen it before? Proud Rotterdam citizen Ariane Nooteboom, who left her job at the European Parliament to set up her dedicated Inside Rotterdam touring agency, knows the best places! 'For example, near @demaaskantine is a quiet area where you can take lovely walks. Ships pass by as you lie on the beach there, holding a delicious Rotterdam-brewed beer. Being there always gives me a real holiday feeling in my own city.' Check out our #linkinbio for more favourites ☀️🍻

📷 @demaaskantine

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TAPT Festival Rotterdam is here to raise a glass and celebrate life with your best friends and family. Enjoy lots of great beers, wines, good food and games! See you there! 🍻🍟 Check out @tapt_festival for tickets and more information 🎟️💗

📷 @tapt_festival 

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Rotterdam Routes 🤍
Have you discovered @rotterdamroutes yet? Rotterdam Routes takes you on a journey through the city as seen through the eyes of Rotterdam locals. You can choose from 24 different routes each with a theme and Rotterdam guide. The routes take about one to one and a half hours, and you can start at any point on the route. Check out our #linkinbio for more information 🚶☀️🏙️

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The Rotterdam flag is flying at half mast today at City Hall in honour of the passing of former Mayor Bram Peper, who governed our city from 1982 to 1998. The former mayor is seen as the founder of modern Rotterdam. We remember him with sadness, but are also grateful for what he has meant to Rotterdam. 

Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.

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