Rotterdam is a city brimming with life. Famous for its large port, trendy nightlife and architectural prowess, this city is one of the most culturally diverse in Europe. Much less touristy than its medieval counterpart Amsterdam, Rotterdam’s city centre was destroyed during the Second World War and replaced by cutting-edge architecture. Characterised by youth, dynamism and energy, the skyline isn’t the only thing that’s constantly changing. Because it’s such a young city, it’s also very budget-friendly; everything from food to rent is cheaper than in most other Dutch cities. Shop till you drop in one of the famous shopping centres, visit a variety of museums and attractions around the city, and enjoy the fantastic nightlife in the city’s many bars, cafés, restaurants and clubs. Since we’re such big fans of this fantastic city, we decided to write a blog about our best bits. Have a look and enjoy a varied holiday with HolidayParkSpecials.co.uk.
History and culture in Rotterdam
The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen has been around since 1849 and is one of Europe’s most celebrated art museums. Showcasing anything from medieval to contemporary art, much of the focus is on Dutch art. The museum is located at the Museumpark, and has a lovely café and garden. Het Nieuwe Instituut, the contemporary architecture and design institute, is also well worth a visit. Of course, when in Rotterdam, it’s an absolute must to see some of the surprising and innovative architecture. Partyschip Jorina is a fantastic option; you’ll be introduced to the oldest and newest additions to the city’s skyline while enjoying a lunch or a buffet. Rotterdam is also the city of shopping and dancing, so a visit would not be complete without a shopping spree and a night on the town. Go shopping in the Lijnbaan and Beursplein – the most famous shopping districts – and discover the Witte de Withstraat if you’re looking for something a little more edgy. On the Schouwburgplein you’ll find plenty of cafés, restaurants and clubs. Dizzy is one of our favourite venues, with live jazz, salsa and Brazilian music on Tuesday night and Sunday afternoons.
What to do in the surroundings
Rotterdam is close to the beach, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds on your holiday. The wide sandy beaches backed by impressive dunes make for fantastic family days out, and the surrounding area is perfect for exploring by bike or on foot. There are many charming villages and towns, characterised by a lively community spirit, and many opportunities for water sports in the area. Rotterdam zoo makes for a fun day out with the kids. The cities of Delft and The Hague are also nearby, so you can enjoy the perfect combination of city trips and days at the beach for a stimulating and enjoyable family holiday. If you want to take a day trip during your stay, you can visit the charming village of Kinderdijk, complete with 18th century windmills, the largest concentration of windmills in the country.
Book a holiday park near Rotterdam
Strandpark Vlugtenburg aan Zee is a 5 minute drive from the Hook of Holland, a 15 minute walk from the beach, and a half an hour drive from Rotterdam. You can stay in a holiday cottage or a mobile home, and the family-friendly park features many sports facilities and an entertainment programme during the school holidays. The pancake pavilion at the centre of the holiday park is always very popular with guests, combining delicious and varied dishes with fun activities for the kids and friendly, welcoming service. You can also rent bicycles from the holiday park and explore the stunning surroundings. Have a look our holiday parks near Rotterdam and enjoy a fantastic family holiday with HolidayParkSpecials.co.uk.