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Rotterdam and surroundings

Rotterdam itself has much to offer but is also the perfect base from which to visit cities, nature, beaches and the attractions in the area. Get on your bike and/or take public transportation and you’ll find yourself there in no time: from the bustling Rotterdam Maasvlakte and the vast dunes of Hoek van Holland to the royal city and seat of the government, The Hague and the traditional Dutch windmills at Kinderdijk. On this page, you will discover what there is to do nearby Rotterdam.

Well connected with surrounding cities

Around Rotterdam are five cities that are worth a visit if you are visiting the city on the Maas River for a few days: The Hague, Delft, Schiedam, Gouda and Dordrecht can all be reached by train within half an hour. The metro also runs to The Hague, and neighbouring Schiedam is fully connected to the Rotterdam public transport network and can even be reached by bicycle or on foot. If you plan to travel to multiple areas in Zuid-Holland on the same day, we suggest you buy the Tourist Day Ticket, this is also possible at Rotterdam Tourist Information.

Cities around Rotterdam

Visit them!

Schiedam

Schiedam

Jenever capital and gin-city with an old-Dutch city centre and the talle...
The Hague

The Hague

“Oh-oh Den Haag, beautiful city behind the dunes”, sang the Dutch si...
Delft

Delft

Delft is the city of Delft Blue, Orange and Vermeer. City of beautifully...
Gouda

Gouda

The historical city of Gouda lies about 25 kilometres from Rotterdam, le...
Dordrecht

Dordrecht

Dordrecht is an ancient Dutch city surrounded by wide rivers. A city wit...

Spend the night

If you want to spend a day exploring the area, you could stay in a hotel in Rotterdam; the extensive public transport network takes you everywhere. If you would prefer to stay in a quiet area, there are also lovely hotels on the outskirts of the city and just outside it.

Hoek van Holland

You might not realise it, but Hoek van Holland is part of the municipality of Rotterdam. ‘Rotterdam Beach’ has been connected to the Rotterdam metro network since 2019. Handy for a quick visit to the beach from the city, but it is also a lovely seaside resort! Read how versatile ‘De Hoek’ is here.

Rotterdam Tourist Information

Rotterdam Tourist Information

Hoek van Holland
Hoek van Holland

Hoek van Holland

Also called Rotterdam Beach
Maeslant Storm Surge Barrier

Maeslant Storm Surge Barrier

The Keringhuis

Ports

Rotterdam has the biggest port in Europe. The large, newer ports are far from the centre, which is why they are also mentioned on this page😉. If you want to get there quickly, it is easiest to go by car. You can also go by boat on the Spido or by metro to Hoek van Holland where you can catch the Fast Ferry.

Royal Spido

Royal Spido

More than 100 years of experience
FutureLand

FutureLand

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Maasvlakte beach

Maasvlakte beach

There is even a beach
Unesco World Heritage Kinderdijk

Unesco World Heritage Kinderdijk

Kinderdijk, a World Heritage site with 19 windmills dating from the 18th century, is close to Rotterdam. Going to Kinderdijk by Water Bus is quickest and takes just 30 minutes.

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