Though many think Rotterdam plays second fiddle to Amsterdam, there is plenty in terms of entertainment in Netherlands’ second biggest city. Its position as one of Europe’s most important ports meant that it was the target of many bombings during the Second World War. Because of this, the city had to be completely rebuilt, therefore architecture is modern, dating from the mid-20th century onwards.
The Euromast offers spectacular views. The tower has high-speed elevators which take visitors to the top, and a ‘space cabin’ gives the impression of a rocket being launched. For something a little different, you can take the pannenkoekenboot, or pancake boat along the river mass, which provides you with an hour-long tour while you sample delicious pancakes.
Those with children can head to the Rotterdam Zoo, with its Oceanium and selection of exotic animals. Alternatively you may wish to head to Boompjeskade Beach, the artificial sandy beach along the banks of the river Nieuwe Mass. There are various other beaches of this kind dotted around Rotterdam.
The Kinderdijk Windmills are a UNESCO World Heritage site and attract many visitors who are able to see the interior of a windmill in operation. Another interesting sight are the ‘cube homes’ designed by Piet Blom to give an impression of a village within a city. The KijkKubus Museum offers a view of what it could be like to live in a cube home.
The Arboretum Trompenburg Park offers respite from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, spread out over 17 acres of land, there are many trees, shrubs and other plants for enthusiasts to peruse.