48 hours of Harbour and Nature in Rotterdam

48 hours of Harbour and Nature in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is known for its spectacular port, but Rotterdam is also one of the greenest cities in the Netherlands with parks like the Kralingse Bos, the Vroesenpark and The Park at the Euromast. Discover the harbour’s highlights in 48 hours, including the Spido and the Waterbus, and actively explore the green of Rotterdam.

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Would you prefer a different combination? Check out the other 48 hour travel guides or contact one of the employees at the Rotterdam Tourist Information. They’re happy to help you with tips on the best way to explore Rotterdam.


Hire a bike when you arrive at Rotterdam Central Station. Then it’s easy for you to enjoy it all: admire the city’s architecture, stroll along the water, explore Rotterdam’s harbour or enjoy the nature in parks like the Kralingse Bos. Have lunch there at the lake at restaurant De Tuin van de Vier Windstreken.


Cycle the route in the brochure ‘Roaming Rotterdam‘. You will then also discover the Katendrecht peninsula with the Fenix Food Factory, a food market in an old warehouse where you can make a well-deserved pit stop.


The RIB Experience makes a visit to Rotterdam’s harbour extra adventurous. The boats sail past the Hotel New York and the ss Rotterdam. Make sure you book for this exciting cruise on the Maas.


You’re probably hungry after all that exercise. At the Deliplein in Katendrecht you have a choice of several restaurants. Feel like Thai food? Then choose Deli Bird; a modern version of a Thai eatery.


Relax in your hotel room at Hotel New York.


Still fancy a drink? You can experience cosmopolitan Rotterdam at the nhow hotel bar on the seventh floor with stunning views of the Erasmus Bridge and the skyline of Rotterdam. You could also go back to the Deliplein and finish off your day with the locals at Café de Ouwehoer.

Day 2



Start your day with a delicious breakfast at Hotel New York, or have breakfast in the city. Our bloggers have many inspiring tips for you.


Do you want to sunbathe and enjoy the beach? Then head for Rotterdam’s Hoek van Holland beach or the new Maasvlakte beach. In Hoek van Holland you can also visit the Keringhuis: find out all about the impressive Maeslant Storm Surge Barrier at this Public Water Management Information Centre. For more background information on the Maasvlakte visit FutureLand. If you’d rather stay in the city centre, then take a Spido Harbour Tour or catch the Waterbus for a visit to Heijplaat and the RDM site.


If you visit Heijplaat, stop at the Dokkaffee (former RDM canteen) for lunch. If you’re coming from the Spido then walk towards the Veerhaven and have lunch at Loos on the Westplein.


Discover the most beautiful and romantic place in Rotterdam, the Veerhaven. Sailing ships and yachts find (temporary) shelter here. Visit the nearby Westelijk Handelsterrein on Van Vollenhovenstraat with modern art galleries and restaurants with cuisine from all over the world. Or walk towards The Park at the Euromast and explore the quiet oasis of the Historic Garden of Schoonoord.


Catch a Watertaxi to Boompjes Boulevard.


On the Boompjes you’ll find the Flag Parade: an outdoor museum with 230 flags side by side. Admire the beautiful skyline and marvel at the #makeithappen wall painting from the Belgian artist Bart Smeets.


Head in the direction of Aloha, a bar and restaurant in the wild-water slide of the former swimming paradise Tropicana.


Discover the Oude Haven with its beautiful historic ships. It’s a popular place among the locals for dinner, drinks and dancing. In Europe’s first skyscraper, the Witte Huis, you’ll find café the Witte Huis where you can have a drink or dine ‘til late. Other hotspots are Stockholm, Mooii and Popocatepetl.


Don’t forget to visit the Markthal while you’re in Rotterdam. Explore the shops and fresh food stalls and look up and admire the artwork ‘Horn of Plenty’ by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam. On the escalators you’ll find the free exhibition De Tijdtrap.


Hungry? Have dinner at Jamie’s Italian or one of the many other restaurants at the Markthal, or walk a little further for newcomers like Alfredo’s Taqueria in Het Industriegebouw building on the Goudsesingel, Old Scuola on the Achterklooster or PIX on the Pannekoekstraat.


Take your time walking back to Hotel New York.

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