Rotterdam City Guide
Home to the largest port in Europe, the Netherlands’ second city of Rotterdam is bursting with energy and artistic innovation. This young and dynamic city is a fantastic place to visit, whether you want to gaze on the ever-changing skyline, wander through state-of-the-art museums or linger in waterside restaurants. Rotterdam has a life of its own, and feels distinctly different from other Dutch cities, making every visit a truly unique experience. Travel from Hull to Rotterdam with P&O Ferries and explore this vibrant, hip city with your own eyes.
Much of the architectural heritage of the city was lost in World War II, but what emerged in its place was innovative, postmodern architecture – from the city centre to the outer suburbs. Embark on a walking tour to see this iconic new wave of architecture, which stretches from the impressive Cube Houses to the swan-like Erasmus Bridge.
Culture vultures will also enjoy the chance to journey through art history at Boijmans van Beuningen, learn about the animal kingdom at the Natuurhistorisch Museum or enjoy the exhibitions at Kunsthal, both of which are conveniently located in the Museumpark district.
Besides its gripping architecture and sophisticated museums, there's plenty to do in Rotterdam. The Maas River cuts through the city and provides visitors with a chance to enjoy Spido boat tours, while the sky-high Euromast Tower offers perfect panoramic views. Like Amsterdam, the landscape of the city is notably flat, making it easy to explore by bike or on foot.
To experience a truly iconic Dutch landscape, journey through time to the nearby village of Kinderdijk. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features a number of well-preserved 18th century windmills - a distinctive symbol of the Dutch people.
Delicious local Food
Rotterdam has garnered a reputation for being a foodie hub, serving up dishes from all corners of the globe. From waterfront cafés to cosy brasseries and everything in between, you’ll be spoilt for choice when visiting this city.
As a port city, it's not a surprise to find a wide range of multicultural eateries ranging from Indonesian to Chinese alongside stands selling local delicacies like raw herring or stroopwaffel. You can experience many of the best cuisine options under one roof at the newly opened Rotterdam Markthal. This huge indoor food court is a great example of modern Rotterdam architecture and stuffed full of artisan bakers, butchers and up-market foodie spots.
Out to Explore
By travelling from Hull to Rotterdam with P&O Ferries, you can enjoy all the ease of having your own car to explore the country. Nearby to the city, there is a myriad of different towns and villages to discover.
Beach lovers can head to The Hague, the Netherlands' favourite seaside resort, while Dordrecht offers visitors a chance to glimpse one of the oldest cities in Holland. Also a short distance from the city is Delft, a historical town with picturesque cobblestone streets and quaint alleys.
See the best of this beautiful country by booking your ferry to Holland with P&O Ferries today.