Dropping by the Euromast is a great way to start your visit. Especially if you go up the Euroscope, taking the rotating lift all the way up to the tip to see a panoramic view of the city and its impressive port. The cruise ships below you suddenly seem tiny, commuter traffic vanishes into the tunnel under the river as if they were model cars, and the cranes off in the distance look like construction toys. The glittering high-rise towers around you seem even taller and more impressive from such a great height. True daredevils can skip the lift and go abseiling down the side of the tower. Once you’ve seen the city laid out before you from above, you can decide what else you’d like to do and see.
Want to explore the city in unconventional ways? Book a bicycle tour with UrbanGuides and enjoy an enthusiastic commentary on the city’s highlights from a local. He or she is sure to take you to spots you’d never visit on your own, depending on your specific interests, and tell you background stories that only the insiders know.
Rather see the port up close and personal? Take a port tour with Spido and sail past wharves, docks and the hypermodern transhipment area with its thousands of containers. Visitors who prefer a more in-depth look at it all can go on a bus excursion with FutureLandExpress to Maasvlakte 2, an area of reclaimed land filled with new ports and terminals that are still being built. Bicycle routes through the port area are also available; pick up a map at Rotterdam Tourist Information.
A great time for the kids
Children will also have a great time in Rotterdam. Go swimming on the ss Rotterdam, frolic in the adventure playground in Plaswijckpark, or sail through the harbour like a real ship’s captain at Kids Marina. Do your little ones need to get their wiggles out? Head over to the jungle undergrowth in the Kralingse Bos, where they can swing from tree to tree like Tarzan and Jane, climb trees and lots more exciting activities! One of the oldest and best-known attractions in Rotterdam is Diergaarde Blijdorp, which may well be the most beautiful zoo in Europe.
Trying to escape the rain? Miniworld is a popular indoor attraction for kids who will enjoy exploring Rotterdam and the Netherlands in miniature. This covered miniature world consists of iconic Dutch landscapes, and a scale model of Rotterdam!