1. Hoek van Holland (Rotterdam Beach)
It is common knowledge that Rotterdam is a port city. Sunbathing and swimming on the beach are less obvious choices. But Hoek van Holland Strand – also known as Rotterdam Beach – is a beautiful beach where there is plenty to do. Get on the metro at Rotterdam Beurs and it will take you to the beach in 37 minutes. Besides harbours, the beach and the sea, there is a lot more on offer. A rich history, for instance, reflected in statues, monuments and the many bunkers along the coast. You can even sleep in a bunker! The Maeslantkering is also impressive – and the largest ‘work of art’ in Hoek van Holland. No other flood barrier in the world has larger movable parts. This sturdy piece of innovation can even withstand a tidal wave five metres above NAP. Most of the amenities, shops and several beach cafés can be found at Badweg and Zeekant. These beach bars are a great place to relax after a long walk, a visit to a museum (Museum Icoon), a bike ride or a stroll on the beach. Sit back, relax and enjoy the moment.